Top Ten Benefits of Juicing
Whether you're new to all of this or a long time juicer, Dr. Melissa West does a nice job of summing up some of the key benefits to consuming raw fruit and vegetable juice.
10. Healing Properties
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates. Juicing allows you to create specific prescriptions for your unique needs from heart disease cancer and stroke to increased energy, strengthened immunity, strong bones or a glowing complexion. Combining whole foods allows your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals to help you heal.
Juicing allows you to take in a large quantity of fruits and vegetables that you may not be able to eat in their raw form allowing your body to absorb more of the vitamins and enzymes. Drinking juicing offers the benefit of highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes to rapidly enter your bloodstream while receiving all the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables giving your digestive system a much needed rest.
The ingredients of juicing: fruits, vegetables and herbs are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals that cause cellular damage, aging and susceptibility to cancers.
7. Cleansing and Detoxification
Juicing is known to rid your body of toxins by cleansing your digestive tract and colon, allowing your metabolism to become more efficient.
Chlorophyll is found only in plants and it has a unique structure which augments your body’s ability to produce hemoglobin which in turn strengthens the delivery of oxygen to your cells (giving you more energy).
5. Maintains Micro-nutrients
When you cook or process food, the micro-nutrients in food are altered making them harder for your body to absorb. The raw fruits and vegetables contain micro-nutrients that are maintained when juicing especially when you use a slow masticating juicer.
Our body is made up of anywhere from 50-80% water depending on our age. Our cells require hydration for proper functioning. Raw juice supply the water you need to replenish lost fluid in addition to giving you vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals.
Juicing promotes an alkaline environment for your body. If your body is acidic it is said that you will experience more disease, stress, and pain. An alkaline environment on the other hand promotes better energy, improved immune function, reduced pain and inflammation and is said to slow the signs of aging.
2. Better Nutrient Absorption
Many adults today have weakened digestive systems or digestive disorders such as reflux, ulcers, gallstones, lactose intolerance, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), celiac, constipation, crohns, or colitis, and as a result nutrients can pass out of your body instead of being absorbed. When you juice, your nutrients are “pre-digested.” Your juicer does the digestion for you breaking down the cell walls of fresh raw vegetables and fruit so that your body can soak up the nutrients like a sponge.
1. Easy assimilation
Because juicing removes the fiber, juicing skips the lengthy hour-long digestive process and goes right to feeding your cells within about 15 minutes. This gives your body a rest from the labor intensive process of digestive giving your more energy for your physical activity, detoxification, cleansing, or recovering from an illness. Ultimately this allows you to absorb the enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals more easily.
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