Benefits of Juicing

Juicing has been the latest health craze. Many people have been inspired by Joe Cross’ documentary Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. A film where he shares the best essential oils for sinus infection journey of his juicing fast. I, too, was inspired to improve my eating habits, and embrace the latest juicing craze. I even bought the same juicer he used.

Although I do enjoy eating many fruits and vegetables, I find it difficult to eat all of the necessary servings. Juicing was an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet.

Health Benefits of Juicing:
I did a little homework on the benefits of juicing before I embarked on my new practice. The best time to drink juice is right after it’s made, and on an empty stomach. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes quickly entered the bloodstream, absorbing all of the nutritional benefits. Plant based vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are more easily absorbed by the body.

The down side to juicing is that you don’t get the fiber that you get from whole fruits and vegetables, because when the juice machine extracts the juice, it leaves the pulp. However, you can blend the pulp, and add it back in for the fiber, an it will make your juice more filling. You can also add protein from almond milk, greek yogurt, and/or flax seeds.

There is also research validating the healing properties of juicing. The micronutrients from juicing heal our bodies at the cellular level. The body wants to heal itself – our bodies are God’s most amazing creation! Juicing has been found to aid in weight loss, increase energy levels, strengthen immunity, and do wonders for the complexion.

Foods highest in nutrients (in order): green vegetables, all raw vegetables, beans and legumes, eggplant and mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and fresh fruit.

My Favorite Juice Recipe:

3 hands full of spinach
3 hands full of kale
1 hand full each of parsley, and cilantro
1 cucumber
1 stalk of celery
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup of a sweet fruit: berries, and pineapples my favorites!
I didn’t want juicing to be a fad for me the way I know many health crazes can be. But I have to admit, I don’t juice anymore, the way I started out. I do intend to start juicing again. Truthfully, I didn’t/don’t like the prep or clean up, and I also preferred my cereal in the mornings. I hadn’t figured out how to fit my juicing in my schedule. I have recently decided that since I’m not much for lunch, I can have my juice then. My stomach will not exactly be empty, but oh well, that’s the best I can do. I will get back to juicing!

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