Benefits of Juicing for Optimum Health

Juicing is a fun way to add fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat to your diet.

It is the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing.

Unlike smoothies, juicing is not exactly a new thing. It’s not a trend that everyone and their mothers have jumped on. It has been around for as long as I can remember. So much that, a lot of companies have gotten away with packaged sugar and colouring and passing it off as juice. It’s crazy, I tell you.

Some schools of thought are of the opinion that juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables as the body absorbs the nutrients better which of course gives your digestive system a break from breaking down the fiber. This is all true.

Making fresh juice a part of a well-balanced diet is an important tool for achieving good health. Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including providing a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. 

I bet you didn’t know that there are some digestive enzymes inside fruits and vegetables which cannot be accessed by eating them as a whole. Juicing helps to break down these components down while offering a wide variety of micro-nutrients.

Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns.

For all of you on the Fitfam movement, juices are valid as well. I hate that there is a condescending attitude towards people who are more accepting of juices than even smoothies. I hate to break it you but they are all healthy. As long as they are fresh and from the right sources. Incorporating fresh juice can be a different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.

In essence,

”Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice.  By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.”

Just so you know,

Most commercial juices are pasteurized. Which means they are processed and lack nutrition. They contain more sugar than you can ever imagine and if you aren’t careful, these extra calories can lead to weight gain.

 

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