The Benefits Of Juicing
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Nutrition
Everyone should include at least one fresh juice in their diet every
day and until you have tried it you won't believe how delicious it
tastes: Raw, live, fresh fruit and vegetables have so many beneficial
effects on the body. Fresh juice can be made in your own home or
purchased from a café and the health benefits far outweigh those
offered by pre-bottled juice.
A fresh juice is made using a juice extractor: This is a blender
like processor that removes the pulp and filters about 90% of the
liquid matter into a cup or jug. Fruits and vegetables commonly used
for fresh juice include:
- Watermelons / Melon Dews/ Rock melons
Many people also like to include a small amount of fresh ginger or
garlic for an added immune system boost. Depending on your individual
taste preferences, different combinations can be used for creating
unique flavors. Some juicers will take a whole granny smith apple
without requiring any coring, where others need fruit and vegetables to
be chopped into smaller pieces so they can fit through.
It's fairly common knowledge now days that the human body is
comprised of at least 70% water and drinking fresh juice is a sure way
to stay hydrated. Each piece of fruit and vegetables is also around 70%
water content, but the water is vitamin and nutrient rich for quick and
effective assimilation into the body. Fresh juice will give you an
energy surge and it will carry vital vitamins and nutrients to cells
throughout the body the way nature intended it to.
Can you imagine heaping an apple, an orange, a ¼ watermelon, ½ a
beetroot, a slice of ginger and a carrot onto a plate and eating it all
raw in one sitting? You could probably do it but it would be hard work!
With fresh juice you can easily extract the goodness into a tumbler,
throw in a couple of ice cubes if you like your drinks cold and you
have a delicious and healthy drink, which is also a meal. When you
drink the juice form of the fruit and vegetables you are receiving
highly concentrated nutrition, which means the amount it would normally
take to fill you up wouldn't have anywhere near as much goodness.
There are so many health benefits to drinking fresh juice it would
be impossible to list them all. Many people like drinking fruit and
vegetable juice to detoxify their bodies for a few days every month or
a day or two a week: This means they have nothing but fresh juices,
fruit, fresh vegetables and water for the detoxification period. Since
the enzymes in the fruit and vegetables are still buzzing in their
uncooked form, fresh juice is pure energy to support our natural life
force. While cooked, dried fruits and vegetables have nutritional
value; it is small in comparison to fresh juice.
Whether you drink one juice a day or several you will notice
changes after a week or so: your skin will be smoother, glowing and
clear, your eyes will be bright and your body will feel clean. You will
have elevated moods and energy levels compared to before and your
appetite will possibly decrease because you are receiving all the
vitamins and nourishment you require for the first time in a long time.
Hair, nails and your immune system will all be noticeably stronger and
you will feel calm and surprisingly at ease. Over time your digestion
will improve, your bowel flora will re-balance and you could possibly
cure any disease or illness in your body.
A good way to start with fresh juice, is to do a detoxification for
a day or two initially to clean your system out and relax your
digestion. Then you can start your new routine of having one fresh
juice first thing each morning or perhaps even one with breakfast and
lunch, whichever you prefer.
This is not a change you will ever regret and you will start to
look more seriously at all the beverages you consume as you come to
realize how beneficial a fresh juice can actually be to your health.