Many people are discovering the benefits of juicing. For some, it is a way to more easily consume fruits and veggies. For us mothers, it might be one of the only ways to get vegetables in our children. We might be trying it to cleanse our body or we might be doing it just because it really tastes good.
For those of you who are still on the fence about juicing here are a few reasons to try it.
Juicing Helps You Absorb Nutrients Better
Juicing can help a person to absorb micronutrients better as it gives your body better direct access to digestive enzymes that are typically hidden away in the fiber of whole vegetables and fruit. In juicing, enzymes remain intact, unlike with cooked food where many of the enzymes are broken down. Eating vegetables raw is more beneficial, as one gets the concentrated enzymes inside the fruits and vegetables.
Click here for an article about masticating juicers and their ability to main the structural integrity of the enzymes in your fruits and vegetables.
Juicing May Encourage Weight Loss
There have been so many new blogs and stories about extremely out of shape individuals who are using juicing to drop weight very quickly. The metabolic rate is increased when whole foods are eaten, and with all natural, no sugar added, nutrition enters the body, vigor and life return to even the most jaded of systems. You might not drop 10 pounds a day, but in time, you’ll see changes, just by giving your body a boost of nutrition on a consistent basis. And you will reduce your calories without nutrient deprivation.
However, you must also be careful not to lower your caloric intake too much. Doing this consistently can damage your metabolism which is counter-productive to your weight loss goals. And make sure that you couple your juicing program with the right amount of food and exercise to steer your body to peak performance.
And if you are trying to lose weight stick to juices that are mostly vegetable based as they contain fewer calories.
Juicing Promotes Healthy Eating Habits
It’s no big secret that most of us are not eating enough fruits and vegetables and if this is you, packing a bunch of them into an awesome tasting juice might be the perfect way for you to get your recommended daily allowance.
The daily allowance varies depending on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. You can learn more about it here.
Juicing Can Improve Digestion
One of the key benefits found in juicing is the capacity that it has to regulate and promote proper digestion. Millions of people struggle with acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, bloating and gas.
With natural vegetables, the digestive tract gets a boost of fiber constantly, making the body flush out toxins easier.
You can, of course, solve these problems by eating a whole foods diet with plenty of fiber, but some days it is just easier to get out the juicer and pack it all in at once.
Juicing Protects Your Cardiovascular Health
Sadly according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans. This does not have to be true and is preventable with a whole foods diet.
Studies have proven that eating whole vegetables can boost the overall health of the cardiovascular system, reverse hypertension, high cholesterol, and other ailments associated with poor eating habits. Combined with moderate exercise, the body can reverse a lot of the trends associated with lack of proper diet and exercise.
Pomegranate juice is considered a great juice to promote heart health and according to a study called “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice” published in 2011 it can lower blood pressure.
In 2012 a magazine called “Nutrition Journal” published that beet juice consumed along with a low nitrate diet, could lower blood pressure about six hours after consuming it.
Both of these juices can be used in combination with other fruits and vegetable to make a yummy and nutritious drink.
Here is a fantastic drink with beets. It has lots of vitamin K and C as well as beta-carotene.
Beet, Carrot, & Apple Juice
- 2 medium beets
- 1 granny smith apple
- 3 medium carrots
Juice each according to your juicer’s specific setting. Stir together and enjoy!
Juicing Packs Your Day With Lots of Nutrition
The body benefits greatly from giving it more nutrition. It’s not a bad thing to enjoy more vegetables, and if you’re not keen on eating them raw, consider juicing them.
Juicing Can Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
Instead of drinking sugary and carbonated drinks, replace it with vegetable and fruit juice and you can easily lower your cholesterol levels. Drinking juice will give your body vitamins C, E, loads of micronutrients and more, which are needed to repair the body from inflammation and other diseases. If you want to get more vitamin C to become healthier, add blackberries, kiwi, asparagus and spinach to your juice.
Green Juice Smoothie Recipe
Green Juice Smoothie Recipe
Ingredients – 2 Servings
- 1 handful of kale
- Some handfuls of spinach
- 3 heads of broccoli
- 2 medium sized tomatoes
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cucumbers
- 1/2 medium Garlic clove
- 1/2 Orange juice
Blend avocado with fresh lemon juice in a Blendtec or Blender. Juice the remaining ingredients. Mix the two together.
Can Juicing Detox The Liver and Kidneys?
There is a lot of debate amount “experts” on whether or not you can detox the body from juicing.
To me, this is not worth arguing. Why?
Because it doesn’t really matter. What matters is if you are feeding your body whole, natural, organic, non-GMO foods that will keep you healthy and strong. Let food by thy medicine!
You can accomplish this through juicing, eating fruits and vegetables raw or cooking them to make fantastic healthy meals.
When you incorporate healthy, whole foods into your daily habits your body will flourish. And if you happen to get sick your body will be better prepared to recover quickly.
Overall Juice Can Get You On the Road To A Healthy Lifestyle
Juicing is a great way to get you started on a healthy lifestyle that will reduce your risk of getting many illnesses and strengthen your immune system naturally.
Through juicing, you can take in more vegetables and fruits than what you would normally eat.
Remember that all fruits and vegetables have alkalizing properties. The can improve brain function, heart function, and slow down the process of aging. It can also relieve arthritis pain and reduce your chances of getting a major disease. Other juicing benefits include having a smoother skin, healthier hair, bones, nails, and eyesight.
So here’s to a little bit of juicing in your life! And hopefully, a way to get your kids enjoying fruits and veggies too!