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Why Juice for Good Health
Making fresh juice a part of a well-balanced, plant-based diet is an important tool for achieving good health.
Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fibre-matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.
What makes juicing so special?
Juicing removes the insoluble fibre from vegetables and fruits.
While fibre is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fibre allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fibre persists into the juice.
By removing the fibres and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.
How does juicing help your body?
It allows more nutrients to be absorbed because your gut doesn’t need to digest all that fibre
Don’t get me wrong fibre IS important because it also contains nutrients and helps digestion. But bear with me I’m talking in a practical sense here… how many of you realistically can eat two to three pounds of vegetables each day?
Juicing makes this possible because this process involves extracting juice and leaving off the pulp which takes digestion off the equation and introduces nutrients directly to the blood stream. And since you’re drinking rather than eating, you’re able to take in more vegetables thus absorbing more nutrients without stuffing yourself too much with a lot of fibre. In short juicing allows you to consume more vegetables efficiently.
The important point to remember here is that the majority of the ingredients have to be vegetables and fruit that has high fructose content (our body only needs 15 to 25 grams) has to be minimised. Experts say to counter strong flavour of dark greens, mix in a fruit like a lemon that has low fructose content to mask the bitterness but if it it’s still too bitter then add an apple or two then slowly cut the amount of sweet fruit as you get used to the taste.
It allows you to consume a wider range of vegetables which allows your body to get more nutrients
How many different types of vegetables do you cook in a week? In our home I’d say we cook around one or two types of vegetables per meal so it adds up to around 7 to 10. BUT we don’t cook for every meal because more often than not there are leftovers. And we usually eat out on weekends. So no matter how we try, we limit ourselves in terms of variety.
Juicing helps us here because we can add a lot more variety in every juice we make. You have lots of options in terms of recipes and limited only by produce available in the shops or your garden vegetable patch.
If you juice before every meal, you can use 5 to 6 different vegetables per day that may include dark leafy greens or cruciferous vegetables. This allows you to add more variety and with that more nutrients.
It feeds good bacteria to the gut
Most of us don’t know this but a third of our immune system is located in our digestive track and countless research shows that the key to a health body is a healthy gut. Hippocrates in fact said 2000 years ago that “All disease begins in the gut”.
What does juicing have to do with this? Studies have shown that eating food rich in prebiotics such as in leeks and bananas increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million. Vegetables are one of the best sources of these prebiotics.
Light green, dark green and yellow coloured vegetables are rich in carotene, Vitamin C and E and folate. Ginger is another ingredient that aids digestion and heals upset stomach plus it has numerous other benefits. All this simply states that one of the ways of improving digestive health is adding the right amount fruit and vegetables to your diet through juicing.
Avoid adding to much fruit into your juice recipes because drinking lots of fruit juice increases your risk of diabetes and becoming overweight. Best to use fruits to mask the strong flavor of vegetables. You can also add a piece of cucumber, it dilutes the flavor and is great at increasing the amount of juice that you’ll drink. I prefer to use cucumber than adding water into the juices I make. But water is just as good. You can make a pur fruit juice but don't drink these all the time.
It helps lower high cholesterol
Lowering your cholesterol involves more than just juicing. You’ll have to totally change your diet. Juicing helps consume more vegetables that help lower cholesterol like capsicum, dark greens, cucumber, celery, ginger, bitter melon and lemon to name a few at higher doses because I can’t imagine myself eating a whole plate of those meal after meal! So to lower cholesterol, you need to radically change your diet (yes avoid fried and fatty food), exercise more and eat more greens and fruits.
It helps detoxify our bodies
A few decades ago our lives are much simpler. The absence of the internet and mobile devices permitted us more time to cook our own meals. A slower paced lifestyle means less stress and a home cooked meal often times is healthier than fast food. "Today it’s the opposite."
Technology that’s supposed to make our life easier has made it fast paced. So fast paced that we hardly have time to cook our own meals and have to rely on fast food for our body’s nourishment. Add this to the stress that we get from our fast paced work takes a toll on our bodies over time, hence the need for a detox. Detoxing rids the body of toxins that accumulate over time because of poor diet choices, lack of exercise and a generally unhealthy lifestyle.
Who needs to detox? Well most of us do. One great way to detox is through a juice fast. Remember that this is different from drinking a smoothie because smoothies still have the pulp that our gut needs to digest. The goal of a juice fast is to rest our digestive system, nourish it with nutrients found in fruits and vegetables then flush out toxins. The key to a successful juice fast is to know what to expect, how to prepare your body and how to break a fast.
It can help lower blood sugar levels
Another sad reality of our fast food and fizzy drink culture is the rapid rise of people with diabetes and worst of all, a lot of young people in their 20s are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
According to the American Government, around 26 million Americans have and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes! I couldn't find accurate figures for the UK but they can't be too far behind I am afraid.
Fortunately by changing your diet, that means eliminating fried food, pork, beef, fizzy drinks and anything sweet, you can lower down your blood sugar levels. Eating foods like ginger, broccoli, spinach, celery, and onion as well as acidic fruits like lemon, grapefruit, pomegranates and oranges will help lower bad cholesterol.
How does juicing come into the picture? Juicing these vegetables help you consume more without overloading your digestive system.
Remember to limit the amount of sweet fruits in the mixture to just the bare minimum – only use it as a sweetener. Fruits are best consumed whole with the fibre to slow down the absorption of fructose.
It helps us get better skin
You have probably heard the term “you are what we eat” at some point in your life. This also applies to our skin. If we eat nothing but greasy junk food, our skin will most likely be oily and have a lot of breakouts. Juicing helps us getting better skin not only by allow our bodies to absorb more nutrients that our skin needs, it helps suppress our appetite for not so healthy meals like chips and fried chicken.
Improves Athletic Performance
While green leafy vegetables can give your body a nutritional boost that other foods cannot, there is one particular vegetable (a root crop) that can improve athletic performance naturally without having to resort to performance enhancing drugs.
What is this vegetable? It is beetroot. This velvet coloured root crop can be eaten raw as part of a salad or if you want to get the benefits instantaneously, add it to your juice recipe.
World class athletes from runners to cyclists swear by beetroot juice. Studies have shown that drinking pure beetroot can shave off minutes from your running time.
Beetroot improves oxygen and blood circulation inside the muscle thus improving muscle endurance. There are studies that refute these claims but these studies were only done on low intensity exercises. New studies mention that while beet juice may not enhance blood flow, it can “de-stiffen” blood vessels – this eases the workload of the heart.
Our Juicing Workshop will set you on the road and answer your questions about Why juice? Why not just eat your way to health? This workshop is packed full of demos and tastings of fresh fruit and natural vegetable juices that will cleanse and detox your body and aid in your quest to be well. Jenny will explain through demonstrations and practical guidance how Juicing can become a part of your daily life. Supporting you in a vital way and ensuring that you get the best nutritional mix of fruits and vegetables to suit you and your lifestyle.
You will discover why it is important to select the best ingredients for optimum health. Juicing is the best, most concentrated way to get a multitude of nutrients from a variety of food sources.
Sharing her personal health achievements from adopting juicing and green smoothies into her life, Jenny wants to motivate others to do the same. During the workshop, you will be able to sample organic juices and a smoothie and learn how to make them in your own home.
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