April 15, 2022

Why You Should Start Juicing


Juicing is not just trendy and cool, it's very healthy too if you using the right ingredients. Start juicing today is therefore the best thing you can do starting a healthy lifestyle.

You will get more energy, healthy nutrients and vitamins into your body. You can support disease prevention, manage your weight loss goals and detoxify and cleanse your body. It's convenient as you don't have to cook but consume large portions of leafy greens, vegetables and fruits. And finally, your taste buds will thank you and its just plain fun.

In the following post you will get some answers why you should start juicing today.

Start Juicing Can Give You More Energy

People often feel immediate boosts of energy after trying certain juice combinations.

start juicing and boost your energy

With juicing, the body is receiving the best minerals, vitamins, and enzymes from the raw fruits and vegetables. Since there are no fibers to break down, the body can quickly digest the juice without expending much energy. The micronutrients are essentially bypassing the digestive system, so the energy impact is fast.

As more commercial energy drinks arrive on the market, less seems to known about their ingredients and the effects they can have on the human body. Herbal supplements such as taurine, inositol, carnitine, and guarana - which contains caffeine - are often combined with caffeine to provide quick boosts of energy and enhanced physical performance. 

The safety of combining caffeine with these supplements, especially prior to or during exercise, has not yet been established. Interestingly, neither the USDA nor the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognize the term “energy drink.”

The International Olympic Committee recognizes that caffeine can increase physical endurance, so they have banned caffeine before competitions.

With all that uncertainty, is it any wonder that athletes and busy people are turning to healthy, natural sources for boosting their energy? Sources like juicing?

Health Benefits Of Juicing

Disease Prevention

There is no official proof that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will prevent any particular disease. Nor is there proof that a diet full of juicing will prevent or cure diseases. That said, it is widely agreed that consuming lots of fruits and vegetables is good for you.

There are so many variables to causes of disease in each person (age, exercise, heredity, exposure to toxins from smoking or air pollution, lifestyle choices) that any “experts” making specific medical claims should be treated with suspicion as to their motives.

Even the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which promotes eating fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet, is careful to avoid making specific claims or promises. On their site https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/fruits, they use the words “may” (may protect, may reduce the risk, may be useful, may lower blood pressure) and “some” (some chronic disease, some vegetables and fruits) as they discuss the importance of fruits and vegetables in our diets.

start juicing with fruits and vegetables

Some of the conditions that “may” be prevented include:

  • Heart disease (heart attack and stroke)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney stones
  • Obesity

But since the USDA, careful as it is, does make reference to a reduced risk for some chronic diseases, a wise consumer should include fruits and vegetables as a big part of their overall food plan. So it just makes sense to start juicing.

Start Juicing May Reduce Inflammation

Fever, swelling, redness, pain. These are types of acute inflammation that the body uses to respond to physical stress (like infection or injury). It is how the body protects and heals itself, so it can return to a normal healthy state.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation - also known as systemic or low-grade inflammation - is not normal and can be very destructive. In simple terms, it is the immune system’s way of attacking problems that may not exist. 

Chronic inflammation is not totally understood by the medical and scientific community. But early indications are that inflammation may play a role in the development of cancer.

While little evidence suggests that diet can influence or reverse inflammation, many people believe, that a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables can prevent inflammation.

Brightly colored foods in particular are thought to help reduce and fight inflammation, as are certain types of fish, nuts, and olives. Such foods are rich in anti-oxidants.

Popular anti-inflammatory foods that are great for start juicing include:

  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Squash (all kinds)
  • Bell peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric

Improved Digestion

If you have been eating a typical North American diet, you probably have times when you feel bloated or full. You may even not feel like eating in the morning.

There are juice combinations that can help relieve your discomfort. Fennel, mint and ginger can be juiced with green apple and cucumber for a satisfying drink that won’t tax your system.

Other Health Benefits Of Juicing

Various studies claim that start juicing helps detoxify the body by giving the stomach a rest. It allows the release of toxins that have built up through bad eating habits as well as environmental factors. Juice lovers often claim better sleep and a healthier skin as a result of juicing. Claims have been made that juicing cures everything from thyroid problems to intimacy issues.

The bottom line is, even if start juicing is not the miracle cure-all for what ails you, it is worth trying. Certainly by taking in more - and different - fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens than you would normally eat, your body will benefit from the goodness.

Weight Loss Management With Juicing

Juicing is popular among people who want to lose weight or maintain their weight.

start juicing for weight loss management

The raw vegetables and leafy greens, in particular, are appealing because they contain so few calories compared to the nutrition they provide. By replacing even one meal a day - one that is normally at a fast food place - and being sensible about their other meals, an adult can maintain a weight that they are happy with.

Juicing as a means to detoxify your body is also called “cleansing.” It usually involves 3, 5, or 10 days of only consuming raw juice (primarily green juice) and herbal teas and water. The idea is that toxins will be released by your body, and along with them, the fat that has been protecting the toxins. Weight loss, and noticeably belly fat loss, often occurs as a result of a juice fast.

Juice Cleansing

Most people call this a juice fast. Participants call it a juice feast because of the glorious assortment of colorful fruits and veggies and greens that are involved. (Be aware that purists insist that the only true fast is one of just water, for mental or spiritual clarity or political reasons. They may refer to Jesus, Socrates, and Gandhi in this context.)

A juice fast for weight loss and detox usually calls for 4 to 6 servings of fresh raw juice per day. A serving is 16 to 20 ounces of juice. Best results are achieved when there is a large assortment of produce to choose from. Since the fruits, veggies and greens are so concentrated when juicing, too much of any one item (say, spinach) could be harmful, at worst and wasted, at best. Your body can only use a certain amount of any one phytonutrient.

Surprisingly, you may not feel hungry while on the juice cleanse. You may find that you are full and have to remind yourself when it is time to have another juice. This may be, in part, to the large amounts of water and/or tea you are supposed to drink.

Some people find this easier to tolerate “socially” than a typical low-calorie weight loss diet. Instead of opening a container of yogurt and only being allowed part of it, or measuring out precisely four ounces of grilled chicken, you just are not eating any solid food. None, so there is no need for decisions and cheating or negotiating!

For people who had not been in a healthy eating mode prior to this fast, getting used to the new tastes is fascinating. It may actually help encourage them to stick with the plan.

Fruit Vegetable Balance Of Your Juice

As long as you understand that fruits naturally contain lots of sugar (and calories) compared to vegetables, and you are looking to a balance of about 70-80% vegetables and greens to 20-30% fruits by volume, you should be able to have a satisfactory detox that includes weight loss.

Consult A Health Professional Before A Juice Fast

“Before undertaking any new diet plan, you should consult with your doctor.”

Okay. No one ever does that. BUT you really should if you are taking any kind of prescription medicine. The high concentration of vitamins and minerals in some juices can potentially affect the ability of the medicine to work with your body. Also, the doctor may tell you to steer clear of certain seeds or skins.

Important Note!

Do not stop taking prescription medicines - ever - without your doctor’s knowledge and approval.

Before And After A Juice Fast

It’s a very good idea to transition slowly into a juice fast, and to transition slowly out of one. This will help your digestive system slow down and then start up again, and will prevent “problems.” Up to five days ahead of time, start making a couple of juices each day. Slowly eliminate heavy foods: meat, dairy, breads and pastas from your diet.

juices for a juice fast

When your fast is over, continue to have a couple of juices each day. But begin eating regular vegetables, fruit and salads, and adding in healthy food choices for your new way of eating.

Environmental Concerns

There’s something about juicing that makes you feel more connected, and more responsible to, good old Mother Earth. Whether you are enjoying the fact that you sought out and supported a local farmer, or are skipping red meat consumption for a meal or two, the feeling is there.

As organic food becomes more mainstream, we have more choices. You have probably noticed larger organic sections in your local grocery store, for both fresh produce and packaged foods. Since organic fruits and vegetables generally don’t need to be peeled before juicing, you have access to wonderful phytonutrients in the peels, seeds and rinds of organic produce.

Non Health-Related Benefits Of Juicing

Convenience

A huge benefit to juicing is that there is so little kitchen time involved, and no cooking smells to tempt you. Prepare your produce, run it through the juicer, and you’re done!

Start juicing lets you take in micronutrients without having to cook and eat large portions of leafy greens, fruits or vegetables. It’s also a way to meet your daily recommended food servings.

You can use frozen fruits and vegetables if fresh ones are out of season. You can easily make your juice the night before, refrigerate it in a glass jar, and bring it to work or to the gym.

Taste

Your taste buds will thank you!

Start juicing can introduce (or reintroduce) you to the real flavors of produce. There are flavors you may have never known, and flavors that have been processed or disguised with salt, butter, sauces, salad dressings or frying.

start juicing with tomato juice

You’ll never buy canned tomato juice once you’ve tasted your own fresh creation. Kale and celery juice is really tasty. You have to try it to believe it. A kale and celery smoothie, on the other hand, has health benefits but would be very hard to stomach.

People who don’t like the taste or texture of certain vegetables find that the juiced versions are palatable, if not tasty. And by experimenting with fruits such as apples or cherries they can mask or enhance the bad flavors of certain foods.

Many people go on juice fasts for a few days before beginning a new diet or wellness routine. Being exposed to real raw vegetable and fruit tastes gets their taste buds and psyche prepared and excited for eating more healthy foods. 

And people (including children) who are first introduced to new flavors through juicing may be more willing to try the vegetables or fruits in raw or cooked form, too.

It’s Just Fun

Start juicing is just plain fun.

If you are totally new, you get to buy a new toy! It’s exciting setting up your new juicer, since it has more parts than any of your other kitchen appliances.

Grocery store cashiers will probably comment on the huge amount of leafy greens you are buying. You can brag a little, “I’m starting to juice. Hope I have enough for the first few days.”
You can create combinations of fruits and vegetables that you would never try together normally.

And the colors! You have never seen such lovely colors as a carrot or a beet going through extraction. You will want to try each veggie one at a time. It’s like trying out new colors from the pack of 128 crayons you got for your birthday when you were seven.

Give it a try.

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