The Benefits of Juicing
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What is juicing?
Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables into a delicious, healthy drink. Juicing has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and for good reason; the health benefits of juicing are phenomenal.
What is the difference between juicing and blending (making smoothies)?
There are benefits to juicing and blending, but the benefits of each are unique.
First, as previously mentioned, juicing involves extracting the juice of fruits and vegetables, which contains the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Consequently, what is leftover from the fruits and vegetables is the pulp (as shown in pic).
On the other hand, blending involves chopping and mixing whole fruits and vegetables, thereby retaining the pulp and not excluding anything. The pulp contains the fiber. Thus, the main difference is fiber – you do not consume the fiber of fruits and vegetables when juicing.*
The benefits of juicing
When you drink juice extracted from fruits and vegetables, it moves through your body very quickly because your body does not have to break down the fiber. The vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients are absorbed into your bloodstream very quickly (as early as 20 minutes). Alternatively, when you consume the pulp (the fiber) of fruits and vegetables, it moves through your body much more slowly and it is harder to digest.
Daily serving of fruits and vegetables
Many of us do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Juicing is a more efficient way to ensure you receive the recommended daily serving. Not only is it quicker and easier, but juicing allows you to condense your fruits and vegetables into one glass a day.
Consume more vitamins and minerals
Since it will be easier to consume your daily serving of fruits and vegetables, you will also consume more of your daily recommended serving of vitamins and minerals.
Boost your energy and your immune system
The phytonutrients contained in the juice will give your immune system and energy levels a huge boost. This is going to make you feel great!
Promote weight loss
You can shed some pounds by replacing your daily snacks with a juice.
Balance your pH levels
It is important to eat a balance of alkaline and acidic foods – more alkaline foods are best though. Fruits and vegetable are alkaline foods. They help to balance your body’s pH levels to reduce acidity in your body. You can read more about this HERE.
Detox and cleanse your body
You can remove toxins from your body by doing a juice cleanse. Joe Cross, from the popular, and very inspiring, documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, is the perfect example of this. He lost a ton of weight and greatly improved his overall health during a two-month juicing fast. Experts say not to overdo it though.
Reduce your risk of developing diseases
Juicing reduces your risk of developing diseases such as cancer. There are three reasons for this (mentioned above):
- You consume more vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
- Your immune system gets a boost.
- Your body becomes less acidic which is a much less hospitable environment for disease. Learn more about this HERE.
What about leftover juice pulp?
I know, I hate wasting food too. So, here are some ideas to use up that leftover juice pulp.
How is juicing done?
Juicing is made possible using a juicer. Fundamentally, you just drop the fruits and vegetables down the chute and the juice pours into the jug.*
This is the juicer that I have (shown in pic below). It works well and it is easy to clean. I love it!
I would also recommend a juicing recipe book. Here is the one that I have (shown in pic below). So far it is fantastic and it gets rave reviews on Amazon.
*One recommendation I would make when juicing is to rinse your juicer immediately after making your juice; this will make it much easier to clean.
*Obviously, it is very important to consume fiber often. Thus, I recommend balancing your diet with a mixture of juicing and blending.
*A mixture of mostly vegetables and less fruit is recommended so as not to consume too much sugar (from fruit).
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