Juicing fasts have become all the rage, and are on track to replace the traditional water detox regimens. The health benefits of juicing are undeniable, and it’s not very hard to find people who can attest to the positive effects of these short-lived programs. However, a more sensible plan would be to make juicing raw fruits and vegetables a daily practice for the long haul. That way, you can reap all the pros and avoid any potential cons of an all-juice diet. Here are 4 great reasons to juice every day…
1. HIGHER ENERGY LEVELS
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for us, and you’ve likely heard that all through your life. They contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are essential for optimum health. One of the benefits of juicing is that foods don’t still need to be broken down by the body before these nutrients are absorbed; this delivers an instant energy boost. Juicing also delivers long term energy, since fresh vegetables and sun-ripened fruits balance your PH levels and contain naturally energizing biophotons.
2. WEIGHT LOSS
Since your energy levels are up when you juice, you will probably be more physically active, so you’ll inevitably lose weight. This isn’t the only mechanism of action, however. Juice also naturally curbs appetite and cravings (especially for carbs,) so you’ll eat less. Additionally, supplementing corrupt snacks will also decrease the size of your enlarged stomach. To maximize the weight loss benefits of juicing, though, you should include more vegetables than fruit, and be mindful of the juicing recipes.
3. A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
Raw juice facilitates the processes of the bowels, kidneys and liver – key organs that play an important role in detoxification and expulsion of bodily waste. Organic fruits and veggies also contain natural plant compounds that are known as phytochemicals. These are active substances that protect you from environmental toxins and stave off disease, lowering the risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. You’re also less prone to colds and seasonal illnesses when juicing for health.
4. GREAT SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS
Want great skin? That’s yet another of the benefits of juicing. Fruits and vegetables help to remove toxins from the blood and tissues, and are vitamin rich. Those that have a high water content, especially, naturally hydrate the skin and keep you looking younger and more radiant. Cucumbers, for example, contain magnesium, potassium and silica, and are made up of mostly water. You can also expect the high vitamin content to make your hair and nails grow longer and faster, adding a healthy shine.
PRACTICAL BENEFITS OF JUICING
Although it varies based on age, gender and activity, it is generally recommended that we get in 3 servings of veg and 2 servings of fruit daily, which isn’t practical – juicing makes this easier. Drinking your veggies and fruits also makes it easier to get in foods that you wouldn’t normally eat or don’t really like, giving you those vital nutrients. Juicing is healthful, for sure. Just keep those high sugar fruits to a minimum, especially if you have a health condition, and you’ll reap the many benefits.
YOUR TURN: Have you discovered the health benefits of juicing? How has it changed your life for the better? We would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your experience in the comment section below.