Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruit, vegetables and root vegetables for consumption. There are many important health benefits to be gained from juicing fresh fruit and vegetables rather than eating them whole or sliced.
In A Nutshell: Why Juice?
Although freshly-extracted juice contains the same nutrients as the original fruit and vegetables, the juicing process removes the fibers. Consequently, the juice is more concentrated, easier to digest and offers a higher absorption rate of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients) from the gut into the bloodstream.
Faster and more effective absorption offers a large number of health benefits, from better detoxification, to healthier-looking skin, to strengthening the immune system, and to improving the bodies ability to heal long term (chronic) diseases.
In this article we will discuss the health benefits of juicing. We will also look at the reasons why some people choose not to drink juices.
The Advantages Of Drinking Juices
Is juicing good for you? We are talking about freshly-extracted juices. For health reason, do avoid drinking store-bought juices as they are mostly flavored water with chemical additives and preservatives, not to mention they’re also very high in refined sugar!
You can consume a greater quantity of fruits and vegetables in juice form
Did you ever try to eat 10 different fruits in one seating? This can be difficult. However, it can be quite easy to drink the juice of 10 fresh fruit (largely because the bulky fibers have been removed).
This allows your body to get far more vitamins and minerals into the system, and at a higher concentration, in a shorter period of time for the purpose of speeding up healing.
Juicing allows quicker digestion of fruits and vegetables
Juicing removes the fibers from fruits and vegetables, allowing for easier consumption and quicker digestion of these fresh foods.
Your body can absorb nutrients more effectively from juice
Freshly-extracted juice is more concentrated than whole fruits and vegetables. A higher concentration allows your body to absorb nutrients quicker and more effective, at the cellular level.
Juicing can be a great way to get your kids to eat their greens
By using strong flavors such as orange or lemon to disguise the taste of other ingredients, juicing can be a great way to get kids to eat their greens, or any other vegetables that they will not eat in isolation. Read more about juicing for kids.
Myths Of Juicing
The leftover pulp often goes to waste
The pulp or fibers are a side-product of juicing, and often get thrown away. Some people think that they are a waste. However, if you understand how a masticating juicer works, juicing (and removing the fibers) are actually good for expelling the pesticides when you cannot afford to buy organic produce.
Related reading: Here are some great uses for the leftover pulp.
Drinking juice causes high concentration of sugars (fructose) in the mouth, which can cause tooth decay
Drinking juice leaves fructose in the mouth. However rinsing with fresh water and brushing gently 30 minutes after drinking juice will prevent tooth decay from happening.
Furthermore, it is now understood that an acidic body (from eating these harmful foods) is the real cause of teeth decay. Drinking freshly-extracted juices helps to alkalize your blood pH, thus reducing your body acidity.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Juicing?
There are immense health benefits of juicing arising from the increased amounts of nutrients consumed in juices:
Juicing leads to effective detoxification of the body
Buildup of toxins in the body can often manifest in the skin, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and allergies. This is due to many years of poor choices of food that are non-nutritious and may even be harmful from artificial food additives.
Most often, people with colon and liver congestion will have skin breakouts as the body is trying to push out the toxins through the skin that is our largest detoxification organ.
Excessive toxins in the body that don’t get detoxified will lead to a poor immune system, thus allowing diseases to develop in the body, resulting in chronic diseases.
Drinking fresh juices supplies your body with nutrients
Drinking juices supplies your body with all the right nutrients that your body needs, very much like filling your car with fuel to get it moving.
These nutrients—vitamins, minerals, protein, enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants—are found most concentrated in fresh fruits and vegetables, and by drinking juices, you flood your body with so much goodness.
These nutrients have many functions in your body—they repair damaged cells, heal and nourish them back to health. Some of these nutrients need co-factors for them to work effectively. They provide synergized healing power to help your body perform at its optimal capacity, and if diseased, will help your body to speed up healing.
By drinking freshly-extracted juices daily, you can soon expect better metabolism; improved circulatory system; and organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidneys are better able to perform their tasks.
Get Started On Juicing Today!
Ready to begin a new chapter in your life, leading to a new, healthier you? To get started with juicing, here are two essential guides I have created: