25 May 2018

12 Benefits to Juicing

So you are thinking of starting a wellness journey and you are looking at juicing.  No, not that juicing, but the kind that I learned about from the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, the Netflix hit.  You need to try it.

Plan to loss

I will tell you, if you ramp up and ramp down you will make it more than just a day.  Really quicky, I follow the 7 Ps, (Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance) and you need to plan this out.  Luckily you are reading this so I will give you a roadmap.  You will need 15 days prior to your Juice cleanse, 10 days for the Cleanse and then 3 days to come off.  Here is the quick break down before we get into the benefits:

  1. Order the Advocare Quick Start system, a juicer, a juicing recipe book, and know where you will get the veggies and fruit.  Each part is essential to the success of your cleanse.
  2. Start you Advocare Quick Start, and become good friends with a gallon jug of water.  You will need to drink a minimum amount of water.  Check out this article that lays it out on a chart.
  3. With three days left on your 14-day Advocare Quick Start,  replace two meals with fruits and veggies only.
  4. On day 14 start your 10-day juice cleanse
  5. With two days left, add one meal that is only fruits and veggies.

A small disclaimer, you will be slightly mean on day 3 of your juice cleanse.  Understand that now. Check out these tips to stay on track.

So still not convinced, check out these benefits;

1. Nutrient absorption is increased

Don’t get me wrong fiber IS important because it also contains nutrients and helps digestion. But bear with me I’m talking in a practical sense here.

How eats two to three pounds of vegetables each day?

Juicing makes this possible because this process involves extracting juice. And leaving off the pulp which takes digestion off the equation and introduces nutrients directly to the bloodstream.

Since you’re drinking rather than eating, you’re able to take in more vegetables thus absorbing more nutrients without stuffing yourself too much with a lot of fiber.

Consume more vegetables efficiently

Remember that majority of the ingredients in a recipe should be vegetables and minimize high fructose fruit like apples and strawberries. A good ratio to follow would be 80% vegetables and 20% fruit.

Our body only needs 15 to 25 grams of sugar so you can get that from other food sources.

For people starting out, it can be tough because drinking vegetable juice isn’t palatable.

Add a bit of lemon

Experts say to counter strong flavor of dark greens, mix in a fruit like a lemon that has low fructose content to mask the bitterness.

But if it’s too bitter then add an apple. Of all the varieties of apple, green apple has the lowest sugar content which makes it a good option. It takes a few weeks to get assimilated to the flavor of green juice and once you have, try to lessen the amount of fruit to the bare minimum.

2. A wider range of vegetables allows your body to get more nutrients

How many different types of vegetables do you cook in a week?

In our home, I’d say my wife cooks around one or two types of vegetables per meal so it adds up to around 7 to 10.

BUT we don’t cook for every meal because more often than not there are leftovers. And we usually eat out on weekends. My wife is very serious about not wasting food.

So no matter how we try, we limit ourselves in terms of variety.

Variety helps

Juicing helps us here because we can add a lot more variety in every juice we make.

You have lots of options in terms of recipes and limited only by-products available in the grocery store.

If you juice before every meal, you can use 5 to 6 different vegetables per day that may include dark leafy greens or cruciferous vegetables. You see where I’m getting at? This allows you to add more variety and with that more nutrients.

Speaking of nutrients, Julie Daniluk discusses the nutritional benefits of each of the colors in the rainbow spectrum…

3. Good bacteria to the gut

Most of us don’t know this but a third of our immune system is located in our digestive tract and countless research shows that the key to a healthy body is a healthy gut. Hippocrates, in fact, said 2000 years ago that “All disease begins in the gut”.

What does juice have to do with this?

In a study done by Gemma Walton Ph.D., they found that eating food rich in prebiotics such as in leeks and bananas increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million.

Vegetables are one of the best sources of this prebiotics. To give you proof here’s a list of foods rich in prebiotics.

Light green, dark green and yellow colored vegetables are rich in carotene, Vitamin C and E and folate that help fight colon cancer.

Ginger is another ingredient that aids digestion and heals upset stomach plus it has numerous other benefits.

All this simply states that one of the ways of improving digestive health is adding the right amount fruit and vegetables to your diet through juicing.

Tip: Drinking a glass of warm lemon water every morning with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar goes a long way in improving the health of your gut. Try it for a week and let me know what you think.

4. It helps fight cancer

Cancer treatment involves chemotherapy that takes a toll on your body and bank account. And a lot of people have turned to alternative medication which includes juicing to fight this dreaded disease and there are some people who have won the battle!

Just look at these stories…

Take these stories with a grain of salt.

I’m not saying that juicing will cure cancer but it’ll help keep the body nourished during the process of chemotherapy.

Even if there isn’t concrete scientific evidence that proves that juice is better than eating whole fruit and vegetables, juicing will allow you to consume more vegetables because it’s easier to swallow and nutrient absorption is almost instant.

Is juicing beneficial?

Pundits may say that we need fiber. But there are instances where juicing is beneficial.

Cancer patients are a good example because these folks will have trouble swallowing food so eating large quantities is not practical.

This enables them to keep their bodies nourished during a physically draining procedure like chemotherapy that kills blood cells.

Prevention is better than cure

By eating more fruits and vegetables will nourish will help arm your body with anti-cancer nutrients that will help fight off cancer cells.

Like what I’ve said in point number 2, juicing helps you consume more because your digestive system will not have to work as hard as it needs to digest.

Since the vegetables we eat now are less nutritious than it was 50 years ago because of a number of factors like over farming that depletes nutrients from the oil, we simply have to eat more to compensate for this.

Dr. Brian Lowenta says that in order to reduce the risk of cancer we have to eat 2-3 cups of fruit and over 3 cups of vegetables every day!

I don’t think I’ll be able to eat that much fruit and vegetables and this is where juicing comes in.

5. Lowers high cholesterol

Lowering your cholesterol involves more than just juicing.

You’ll have to totally change your diet.

In my case, every time I have a yearly doctors appointment coming up at the VA, I do a cleanse.  That way I don’t have to take those pills.  I know what you are thinking and I am working on that.  But my numbers are always good.

Avoid saturated fat

Yes, no saturated fat, no beef or pork and replace that with more veggies, fruit, oats, seafood, and chicken.

Juicing helps me consume more vegetables that help lower cholesterol like capsicum, dark greens, cucumber, celery, ginger, bitter melon, and lemon to name a few at higher doses because I can’t imagine myself eating a whole stack of those.

So in essence to lower cholesterol, you need to radically change your diet (yes avoid fried and fatty food), exercise more and eat more greens and fruits.

6. To detoxify our bodies

A few decades ago our lives are much simpler.

The absence of the internet and mobile devices permitted us more time to cook our own meals.

A slower paced lifestyle means less stress and a home cooked meal often times is healthier than fast food.

Today it’s the opposite.

Technology should make our lives easier but the opposite has happened.

Have you noticed that the pace of our lives is moving faster and faster?

So fast paced that we hardly have time to cook our own meals and have to rely on fast food for our body’s nourishment.

And stress from work takes a toll on our body over time. So we need to detox.

Detoxing rids the body of toxins that accumulate over time because of poor diet choices, lack of exercise and a generally unhealthy lifestyle.

Who needs to detox?

Well most of us do.

One great way to detox is through a juice fast.

Remember that this is different from drinking a smoothie because smoothies still have the pulp that our gut needs to digest.

The goal of a juice fast is to rest our digestive system, nourish it with nutrients found in fruits and vegetables then flush out toxins.

The key to a successful juice fast is to know what to expect, how to prepare your body and how to break a fast.

7. It helps lower blood sugar levels

Another sad reality in the era of commercialism would be the rise of people who have diabetes. And a lot of them are in their 20’s and sometimes teenagers.

With the growing number of fast food chains, the allure of cheap food served within minutes is hard to resist. And our health is paying the price for that convenience.

According to cdc.gov, around 26 million Americans have and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes!

That number is staggering!

Fortunately, by changing your diet, that means eliminating fried food, pork, beef, sodas and anything sweet, you can lower down your blood sugar levels.

Eating foods like ginger, broccoli, spinach, celery, and onion as well as acidic fruits like lemon, grapefruit, pomegranates, and oranges will help lower bad cholesterol.

Juicing comes into the picture?

Juicing these vegetables help you consume more without overloading your digestive system.

Remember to limit the number of sweet fruits in the mixture to just the bare minimum– only use it as a sweetener. If you like fruit, it would be best to eat them whole with the fiber to slow down the release of fructose into the bloodstream.

8. It helps us get better skin

You have probably heard the term “you are what we eat” at some point in your life.

This also applies to our skin.

If we eat nothing but greasy junk food, our skin will most likely be oily and have a lot of breakouts.

I was like that during high school and college.

My diet consists of burgers, fries, and sodas and my skin reflected that diet. I usually had acne breakouts that literally covered my entire face.

Yes, you could say that hormones played a part. But I could have at least minimized the breakouts if had I minimized junk food.

Juicing helps us getting better skin not only by allowing our bodies to absorb more nutrients that our skin needs. It also helps suppress our appetite for not so healthy meals like chips and fried chicken.

I’m sure you’d agree with me that sipping a cup of fresh cucumber + beet + carrot juice is much better for your skin to compare to drinking a cup of Frappuccino.

9. Improves Athletic Performance

While green leafy vegetables can give your body a nutritional boost that other foods cannot, there is one particular vegetable (a root crop) that can improve athletic performance naturally without having to resort to performance-enhancing drugs.

What is this vegetable?

It is beet. You can eat this velvet root crop raw with a salad. Or if you want immediate nutrient absorption then add it to your juice recipe.

World class athletes from runners to cyclists swear by beetroot juice. Studies have shown that drinking pure beetroot can shave off minutes from your running time.

How does Beet help?

Beet improves oxygen and blood circulation inside the muscle thus improving muscle endurance.

Experiments were done to refute those claims but only using low-intensity workouts.

But the number of world-class athletes who swear by beetroot are increasing so it’s hard to deny that fact.

Marathon runner Ryan Hall drank a cup of beetroot juice to improve his run time. Auburn’s football team swears by this red pre-game elixir.

New studies mention that while beet juice may not enhance blood flow, it can “de-stiffen” blood vessels – this eases the workload of the heart.

The Final Word

Juicing isn’t a gimmick but a beneficial practice that will help you improve your health when done right.

Drinking juice before a meal is a great way to suppress appetite so you’ll eat less. When you eat less, it helps prevent weight gain. And drinking a cup of green juice is way healthier than drinking a can of soda.

Since there is no pulp, nutrients are absorbed almost instantly and this makes it beneficial to people who have weak digestive systems. People who’ve gone through chemo or surgery can use juicing to help their bodies absorb nutrients when they’re unable to eat.

People who have high blood and high cholesterol can also benefit from this. If you have any questions please comment below. Please do share this on social media channels like Facebook or Twitter if you find this helpful.

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