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Health Benefits of Juicing

The health benefits of juicing go far beyond weight loss. 

Health Benefits of Juicing

Juicing is a method of consuming raw vegetables and fruits that is widely practiced by naturalists, raw foodies and vegans everywhere. With a break into mainstream America that began in the late 1990's, most Americans have stepped into a juice bar at one time or another. However, they walked out before knowing the health benefits of juicing, what juicing could really do for their body and how easy is it to do at home.

Science of Juicing

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We have all had a glass of wine, or some other alcoholic beverage, on an empty stomach. This creates an immediate “buzz” because the alcohol is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. The same goes with a glass of fresh juice. Your body does not have to work to digest it. All of the nutrients are absorbed, and your body uses the extra energy (which is usually spent digesting food) to flush cells and heal itself. Believe it or not, you can actually gift your body more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and live enzymes from a glass of fresh juice than you can from eating the most nutrient dense, raw salad.

A Partner to Healthy Eating 

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Juicing should be done in addition to healthy eating. Most people are horribly malnourished, even those who appear to be overweight. This is because all processed food is full of chemicals and toxins that are used to preserve the food. It doesn’t stop here either, some of our produce is sprayed with chemicals and even foods we perceive to be healthy (milk, soy) have their own list of problems. The body can’t process the toxins, so they are stored, usually in fat cells. The average American has a good amount of waste product stuck in their intestines, and our bodies are constantly sending energy here in an attempt to flush them. A juice cleanse gives your body a chance to get rid of the waste that has been stuck in your intestines. It also allows the extra energy, which is usually spent digesting food, to be directed towards flushing the toxins out of your cells and healing organs or other parts of your body.

Adding a juice, or two, a day to replace a meal or to use as a supplement is like taking your daily vitamin, times ten. When you drink juice on an empty stomach, your body is able to absorb the large amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and live enzymes that each fruit and vegetable contains. So, when you combine different greens and/or fruits, just think of how many incredible things you are giving to your body. Combining juice with a healthy diet will help you to reach results you are aiming for more quickly (weight loss, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, healing from an illness, glowing skin, etc.).

Juicing for Beginners 

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Juicing is a lifestyle. The process isn’t easy, and it requires time and energy. Start with purchasing local, seasonal produce to juice. It is also important to choose organic produce, because the point of juicing is to rid your body of toxins, and several conventional methods of farming use chemical herbicides and pesticides. Green juices are always the best, as they help to alkalize the body, and to stay away from just fruit based juices (especially in the evening hours). One tip that most people are surprised about is to “chew” the juice or swish it around in your mouth before you digest. See, digestion actually begins in the mouth when the salivary glands are activated and send signals to the stomach. The stomach is then aware of which digestive enzymes to release in order to aid in digestion. If you don’t “chew” or swish the juice, the outcome will be very similar to what happens when you eat your meal at a fast pace, not chewing completely, and swallowing pieces that are too big: gas and bloating.

Juicing is Brain Food

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During cleansing you remove toxins and remove calcium deposits from the Pineal Gland. This is located in your brain and is responsible for producing and balancing important hormones. It also influences our sleep-wake cycles, or circadian rhythms. Clearly all of this plays a large role in our mental state. The cleaner we eat, and if we cleanse regularly, we supply our brain with proper nutrients so that is functioning healthily. There has been a large amount of research done on different dyes in foods and how they effect out mental state (cause of ADHD). By cleansing we remove any deposits of these chemicals and toxins that have been stored in our organs and cells. Also, through juice cleansing we regulate our nervous system, keeping our stress levels low, helping us to stay calm and balanced.

Choosing the Right Juice for You

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There are so many it is hard to choose! A great recipes that will definitely give you a little kick and afternoon pick-me-up is, The Pele (The Goddess of Fire in Hawaiian). 5-6 stalks of celery, 1 green bell pepper, 1 handful of cilantro, ½ cucumber, and 1/2 to a whole jalapeño (depending on how much heat you can handle). This drink is both refreshing and has a kick that will aid in flushing your cells and kidneys, work to lower cholesterol, aid in digestion and jump-start your metabolism. You can ditch the acidic espresso; get the same pick-me-up, with added benefits. Making your own juice from home is the best option for juicing, allowing you to know exactly what is going inside your body, and in a cost efficient fashion. Make juicing part of your morning routine, just as you would your morning coffee, and you will never look back. Juice on my friends!

Making your own juice from home is the best option for juicing, allowing you to know exactly what is going inside your body, and in a cost efficient fashion. Make juicing part of your morning routine, just as you would your morning coffee, and you will never look back. Juice on my friends!

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