At one time, it seemed every other infomercial on TV was for the most modern, state-of-the art juicer. Each one promised amazing benefits in terms of health, diet and weight loss.
What seemed like a fad, at the time, hasn’t gone away. With a number of juicers still on the market, boutique juice bars and even chain juice stores like Booster Juice popping up, juicing’s health benefits are gaining ground. So, let’s take a look at 10 of the benefits juicing has to offer.
1. Consuming More Fruits and Vegetables
This may be the most obvious benefit that comes along with juicing. If the juices you are consuming are comprised mainly of fruits and vegetables, you are likely consuming more fruits and vegetables than you would as a part of a standard diet.
It's also easier because it allows for the combination of fruits and vegetables you may not find palatable – making the resulting juice not only healthy, but delicious! This makes getting the nutrients you need, like those from spinach and celery, which are high on nutrients and low on flavour, easier.
2. Easy to Digest
We’ve all found ourselves in a situation where our digestive tract isn’t cooperating, and digestion isn’t your friend. That’s where juicing plays another strong role in a healthy lifestyle. When your intake is juice-based, you’re getting the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, but in a liquid form, which is more digestible and more quickly absorbed.
A lot of fruits and vegetables don’t generally get chewed as well as they should, which leads to more difficult digestion and a greater risk of indigestion. Juicing skips the chewing step and goes straight to digestion, since your meal is already partially broken down.
3. Provides More Energy
The added benefits of juicing are that it comes with a greater level of energy. The abundance of vitamins and nutrients found in the fruits and vegetables you juice carry with them incredible levels of natural energy. These fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants, which help limit the amount of oxidative stress placed on the body, and help fuel you for hours on end. Best of all, unlike the energy you get from caffeine and refined sugar, there is no crash later.
4. Helps to Detoxify
Detox may sound like another health and fitness buzz word, but it’s much more than that. The process involved in digesting juices made with fruits and vegetables, especially those specifically chosen to help cleanse key organs of the body, make it a good detoxing program.
The body’s main detoxing organ is the liver, and certain juices, containing things like lemon, grapefruit or garlic, have been shown to assist the liver in purging toxins, and help it function as it should.
5. Assists in Staying Hydrated
With busy schedules, it can be difficult to get the recommended daily amount of water, so being able to meet your hydration requirements from juicing is a definite plus. Fruits and vegetables that naturally contain a large amount of water are commonly used in juicing recipes, therefore, the water they contain will also find their way into your juice – and your body!
6. All-Natural Stress Relief
An incredible advantage to juicing is how versatile it can be; you can combine different ingredients tailored to your specific needs. Popular ingredients like spinach contain natural stress-relief-related nutrients, like tryptophan and magnesium, which provide a natural calming effect.
7. Strengthen Your Bones
Choosing ingredients with high levels of calcium means you can promote stronger teeth and bones more easily than you can through milk and dairy rich foods. Juicing up these high-calcium fruits and vegetables will make it hard to run low on calcium, which is more common than most people know. Getting high-quality calcium into the body each day is extremely important, and juicing can be a big help.
8. Better Sleep
A common need addressed through tailored juicing is quality sleep. Juicing can help induce natural sleep signals in your body. Foods containing melatonin, a hormone naturally released in the body when sleep is needed, can be found in cherries, tomatoes, oranges or bananas.
9. Increased Brain Power
Juicing can help you focus and promotes more alertness during your day. Tons of products on the market make similar claims but, when it comes to the benefits of juicing, the best part is that all the effects are completely natural.
Choosing any green and leafy vegetables to add to your juice will give you a greater sense of focus without the added buzz from the less natural “alertness aids” found on the market. These natural nutrients will also provide a much more sustained level of focus. A few other options for enhanced brain function include kale, sprouts, beets, ginger, turmeric, and coconut water.
10. Weight Loss
Let’s face it, a lot of people who choose to start juicing are looking to lose weight, and the reason they make that choice is because it works and it works in the most natural way possible. Juicing offers pure nutrients without toxins and harmful ingredients your body normally needs to put effort into expelling. This means all your body’s necessary nutritional needs can be met and you can lose weight at the same time.
So, from increased energy and focus, better sleep, natural detoxing, weight loss and an overall healthier lifestyle, it’s hard to argue with the benefits of juicing. And it’s easy to see why it has grown to be more than a fad – and for many people has become a way of life.
Lorne Marr is a fitness enthusiast and blogger. Visit his site at http://lornemarrfitafter45.ca
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