Juicing for Health: 8 Benefits of Juicing
Dealing with health issues is by far no laughing matter. In fact, it can be downright painful, exhausting, tiresome and for some lead to depression. When you’re left with no resolution after numerous doctors’ appointments and a variety of medications that only mask the symptoms, juicing may be the ultimate alternative.
Having had to juice for health restoration myself, I learned a variety of ways that are important for my own needs that helped others in their process of healing. It really is an individual’s want or desire to be healthier and a mindset of change needed when all else fails.
When some of us think of our childhood, we remember the times our parents said, “eat your vegetables”, or an “apple a day keeps the doctor away”; and as a child, most of us didn’t care what that meant. In fact, we all had one or more vegetables we disliked. As we get sick or older, our bodies change, our hormones change, our blood changes and so much more can go wrong. These are the moments that define our strength and agility for survival. Do we truly love ourselves enough to take better care of our bodies? If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place.
Juicing doesn’t have to be complicated, but is more difficult to manage for those who are sickly. Not everyone has the means to get out of bed physically, or the money financially to take on that challenge, especially by oneself. That’s when support of loved ones, family, friends or neighbors can be of service, so ask for help!
We all know that vegetables and fruits are packed with goodness, nutrients, enzymes and much more. But, how many of us can eat 3-5 pounds of vegetables and fruits a day? This is where juicing comes in. Juices enter the bloodstream much quicker and, in more frequency, than eating raw veggies and fruits. By entering the bloodstream, our bodies can receive more of the benefits than just eating. Don’t get me wrong, we need to eat veggies and fruits also for fiber and proper digestion through Mastication. It is the first step of the digestive process. The way you chew, including how long you chew, can significantly impact your health in a variety of ways. So, both juicing and chewing our food correctly can help our health tremendously. For the sickly though, (juicing and blending) slowly as well as intermittent is what is recommended. Of course, when you feel better, adopt more solid foods into your daily routine as necessary.
Other than drinking or eating our vegetables, there is another process of solid food balance. Many of us have a notion that we need to adopt the “food pyramid principals”, because this is what we’ve been taught our entire lives. But what if the USDA has it all wrong? There is so much controversy surrounding what is right and what is wrong with our food balance that it can confuse anyone. Let’s keep this simple; the sickly may want to be more cautious with their choice in solid foods and the fruits and vegetables for juicing. Choose organic, no pesticides and hormone-free. It's a good place to start.
On September 26, 2017, Sarah Chang, MPH, RD, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Kristin Koegel, MBA, RD, Nutritionist in Food and Nutrition, posted an article for The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans USDA. It's the five food groups for nutritional makeup which includes fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. I would have to ask does the “food pyramid” apply to everyone or is this another group think for an entire population where one size fits all? According to Dr. Steven Gundry, Dietician says, “The Food Pyramid is wrong”. He simplifies his own “Food Pyramid” and says, "to give the body what it needs", but for now this article is about Juicing for Health.
Fresh juices have 95% of the enzymes and vitamins required by the body to absorb all nutrients. Juicing gives a calming and invigorating feeling as well as benefits of clearing out toxins and foreign debris from the blood (cardiovascular), clearing cholesterol, weight loss, skin and hair. The benefits of juicing far outweigh the quick snap of popping a pill, which only masks a problem and can cause more harm to the liver and other health issues. Juicing, blending and solid foods are all important for the body, but here are some of the benefits of juicing that’ll help you live a healthier lifestyle.
8 Benefits of Juicing
1. Builds a Strong Immune System: In general, juices boost the immune system by charging it with concentrated photochemical, especially if you’re sick or feeling bad. Juices also help a person maintain a strong healthy body for regular maintenance.
2. Detoxifies Your Body: Not surprisingly, detoxifying the body and blood by juicing can be highly beneficial for removing toxins from the body! Apples, lemons and ginger can cleanse your body and blood completely. Juicing cucumbers and celery acts as a natural diuretic. If you want to clear out your liver and bladder then cranberries and beets are your new friends.
3. Hydrates Your Body: One glass full of fresh juice can hydrate the body. Some veggies and fruits to incorporate are watermelon, beet, apple, carrot, celery, cucumber and lots of green vegetables. Do this everyday and it will fulfill the requirements of fluid for the body.
4. Maintains Cholesterol Level:
Polyphenol-rich juices such as pomegranate juice can effectively enhance cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels can raise the chances of heart attack and stroke, so juicing can reduce the LDL (Lower Density Lipoprotein Level and heart disease.
5. Regulates Blood Pressure:
Do you have Hypertension causing severe cardiovascular problems? The juice of beets can help regulate your blood pressure. Beets are a good source of folate and potassium playing an important role in balancing your blood pressure. Included here are herbs that assist in regulating BP.
6. Improves Digestion: Juicing improves digestion and is an awesome benefit for keeping good health. Juices are packed with nutrients and enzymes which maintain the functioning of your digestive system keeping it running smooth. As you cook vegetables, the enzymes are destroyed. However, in juices, they stay in an active state. Hence, prefer raw vegetables and fruits and consume their juices to enhance digestion.
7. Keeps The Body in An Alkaline State: Acidic foods can cause illness. Green vegetable juices usually maintain the body’s pH level and alkaline state.
8. Weight Loss: Having a glass of vegetable or fruit juice just a half an hour before each meal will give you all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary. To curb your appetite and help you lose weight, add a lemon to your juice. Vegetable juices help weight loss because they have fewer calories compared to fruit juices. Add some spice to your life juice by including hot pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, etc., to improve your cardiovascular and metabolism. It is recommended to avoid high sugar and sodium juicing of grape or pomegranate as they add more calories.
It is highly recommended to consume freshly prepared juices preserving the enzymes and nutrients; drink within an hour.
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