Have you noticed more and more juice bars are opening up for business? I was in Florida the beginning of the year visiting family and was so excited to stumble on a fresh juice bar in a local grocery store. It was my grab-n-go goodie each day that I felt proud to consume.
For people who do not like to eat whole fruits and vegetables, juicing can serve as an effective alternative. Sipping a juice blend first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, not only supplies essential vitamins, enzymes, and minerals to your body, but also revitalizes and provides substantial energy for a busy day. Apart from this, there are many other health benefits of juicing.
Health Benefits Of Juicing According to Experts:
- Easy Digestion: If you suffer from some digestive problems especially when eating certain fruits or veggies, consuming them in juice form can help. This makes digestion easy, as juices are already in a “pre-digested” form. Juicing makes sure that you receive all the important nutrients required to keep your body healthy without applying any unnecessary pressure on the digestive system.
Also, giving your digestive system a rest is always a good idea. Because the juice is consumed in liquid form, there is no digestion, instead it gets absorbed quickly.
- Instant Energy: Juicing almost instantly increases your energy levels, as compared to eating them raw. By drinking juices you can completely eliminate the time required to digest the raw food, thus giving you an almost instant ‘energy kick.’
- Improving Memory: Studies indicate that by drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices regularly, you can increase your memory considerably. It was proven through ‘Kames Project’ that people who drink juice at least three times a week, lessen the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 76%, compared to those who take it only once a week.
- Better Immune System: Antioxidants along with phytochemicals play an important role in developing your immune system. Varying your diet on a regular basis and consuming juices made from different kinds of fruits and vegetables will significantly increase the number of phytochemicals and antioxidants in the blood, which in turn help your body in developing a better immune system and also protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Repairs Vital Organs: Fresh fruit and vegetable juice can help repair most vital organs in the body. For example, carrot juice is capable of repairing the liver, intestines and kidneys. Antioxidants present in carrots, such as, beta-carotene, are known to protect liver and kidneys from cholesterol and other toxins. Consuming carrot juice regularly can also delay the aging process. It is also capable of fighting cholesterol and poisonous toxins that often get accumulated in the intestines by flushing them from the body.
- Purifies and Enriches Blood: Blood is the fuel that provides us with the necessary energy to perform our daily routines. Blood requires as many nutrients as possible to be able to cope with the workload that is placed on it. Drinking various kinds of juices made from fruits and vegetables not only purifies the blood, but also enriches it.
People, who have less red blood cells or insufficient hemoglobin to carry oxygen, often suffer from anemia. Juices made from fresh leafy green vegetables that are rich in iron can help fight anemia over time.
- Diversity: Be it at home or at a restaurant, most of us are used to eating the same salads and fruits every day because they are our favorite. Juicing vegetables and fruits that you do not normally eat makes for a balanced diet. A good example would be beets and wheat-grass. I know that might sound awful to some, but, honestly they produce a sweet taste making the juiced kale less bitter. Also, adding lemon gives the freshly juiced juice a zesty touch!
Juicing doesn't have to be boring and nasty tasting. Using vegetables like kale, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery and adding a sweeter vegetable like beet or carrot to bring just enough sweetness to your liking.
Adding a little fruit can bring a burst of deliciousness as well. Some common fruits used for juicing would be apple, oranges, lemons and limes.
Additional add-ins ideas can be fresh ginger, parsley, chlorella, and turmeric.