Over the last few years, more and more people have started to enter the world of juicing. But what exactly does this mean? What's the deal with juicing? Is it really as beneficial as some juicing fanatics let on? Let’s find out!
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The Art of Juicing
At its core, the idea is rather simple: Squish fruits and veggies to get an ultra-healthy concoction of vitamins and minerals. Not only do the results taste great, but because of its high nutrient content, juicing provides a multitude of health benefits, from rejuvenating skin, boosting energy levels, and also helping people to lose weight naturally.
While there are some people who say juicing isn't all it's cracked up to be (primarily because of the lost fiber and the high sugar content in juice), juicing in moderation can be a great addition to your diet and lifestyle.
Health Benefits of Juicing
We all know somebody who juices and passionately claims to feel amazing from it. There may be some truth to the madness.
So what are some of the main benefits of juicing?
Helps you to meet daily consumption recommendations
Current fruit and vegetable recommendations say you should eat between five and thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This number can be extremely difficult to achieve, even for the most health-conscious individuals. Frankly, it's just a lot. Consuming your fruits and vegetables in juice form can make it easier to meet these recommendations.
Can add more variety of fruits and veggies to your diet
Eating fruits and vegetables raw, like in a fresh salad, people tend to be pretty picky when it comes to the ingredients. However, with a juicer you can use a wide-variety of produce, all mixed together in a drink that often tastes great. It also can be fun to experiment with different combinations to find your favorite mixtures.
It removes the insoluble fiber, allowing for quicker absorption
Because of the lack of fiber, your body will be able to absorb all the nutrients much more quickly. In addition to this, some people have difficulty digesting foods that are high in fiber. Through juicing, these people can get the wide range of health benefits from fruits and vegetables that they normally would not be able to eat.
It can help fight illnesses and diseases, such as cancer
Freshly-squeezed juice has a high concentration of nutrients and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants. While there's no evidence juicing will help eliminate cancer, it can certainly improve outlook and make the sufferer feel better, which often is half the battle. In addition, many cancer patients have a lack of appetite or difficulty swallowing, so juicing can provide a better and easier way to consume important vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
It can help lower bad cholesterol
Increasing your intake of vegetables is well-known and often recommended by doctors to help lower your cholesterol levels. Juicing can help supercharge this effort by helping you consume more fruits and veggies, resulting in lower cholesterol and all the associated benefits.
It can provide a much-needed body detox
You always hear about people going on "juice detoxes" where they only consume juice for days or weeks. We don't it's necessary at all (or even healthy) for people only to drink juice for any extended period of time (this study agrees with us), but simply adding juicing to your regimen in an intelligent way can help flush toxins out of your system.
Note: Juices are high in sugar (though they're natural sugars, it's sugar nonetheless), and consuming too much sugar brings a whole host of problems in addition to weight gain. For this reason, it's important to not overdue the whole juicing thing, and to only juice in moderation — a phrase we've said before but don't mind repeating because it's essential to understand and abide by.
As we've seen, juicing has a wide range of health benefits — from providing you with more of the important nutrients your body needs to thrive, to helping you feel more energetic and healthy. Because of the benefits, people would be wise to add juicing to their diets.
So start now! Go out and add a juicer to your kitchen. Your body (and mind) will thank you.
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