The Benefits of Juicing

The benefits of juicing are many and it's kind of exciting starting something like this because it's new and different, maybe even a little scary, because you're wondering what the juice may taste like and how it'll turn out. This is great because I want you to have fun with this!

There are entire books and websites written about juicing and I wanted to capture the most pertinent and useful information for you all in one place to help get you up and running quickly and correctly.

To identify and maximize the health benefits of juicing, there are some simple guidelines that I will lay out for you here that will help you get the most out of your juicing endeavors whether you are new to this or a seasoned veteran.

The Health Benefits Of Juicing

  • Juicing is a great way to boost your intake of those all-too-important organic fruits and vegetables you may be missing in your every-day diet.
  • Since juicing removes the insoluble fiber from the fruit or veggie, the nutrients are quickly able to be absorbed into your body which maximizes the speed and ease of the digestion process.
  • Since juicing infuses your body with a dense nutritional profile, it can aid in the prevention and even the treatment of diseases and ailments caused by a lack of good nutrition. Indeed, many ailments and diseases have a causal factor based on the lack of optimum nutrition.
  • Juicing is particularly good with helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory and autoimmunity diseases.
  • Juicing provides such a vast array of nutrients, vitamins, micronutrients and others that it can provide many that lack in the standard American diet.
  • Juicing encourages a more diverse intake of fruits and veggies because people tend to juice items that they don't normally make a part of their every-day diet. This further enhances a more diverse range of nutrient intake.
  • Juicing boosts immunity by providing large amounts of immunity boosting nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, B and E to name a few.
  • Higher energy levels. I always feel great after juicing and it gives me the energy of a cup of coffee without the jitters.
  • Juicing retains almost all of the vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and phytonutrients contained in the fruit or veggie itself.
  • Compounds such as flavonoids are abundant and guard against cellular oxidation and damage.
  • Makes your skin glow! The vitamins that are present in the juice are great for hair, skin and nails.
  • Juicing seems to help with encouraging better eating patterns. I think this is because juicing is so good for your health that it makes you want to keep up with it to continue the benefits.  

Tips

In addition to the health benefits of juicing, here are a few other tips that I want to make sure I deliver to you:

  • Organic is a must. Juicing will concentrate any harmful synthetic pesticide residues contained in or on the fruit of veggie. Conventionally grown foods may also be genetically modified which comes with its own set of uncertain health effects.
  • Drink the juice immediately after juicing it. The nutrients can lose their potency when exposed to the air. Juice can also form bacteria that can be harmful.
  • Use a quality natural fruit and veggie wash before juicing. It removes any germs, bacteria or fertilizers that could be left on the surface. This is especially true for leafy greens. 

What You Need To Know

When it comes to maximizing the health benefits of juicing, there are a few things we need to keep in mind.

  • When you juice, the insoluble fiber is removed although the soluble fiber mostly remains in the juice. Your body was designed to work with dietary fiber from the foods we eat. So, juicing is a part of a healthy diet... it's just not the fountain of youth all by itself.
  • Calories can add up if you use too much fruit. Juicing should be very heavy on the veggie side with just enough fruit to help it taste better if you want to sweeten the juice up a little. Veggies are typically much lower in calories than fruit.
  • Combining the 2 bullet points above, too much fruit juice adds a lot of natural sugars to the juice with the fiber removed. This can spike blood sugar levels and the insulin response that comes with it. Stay heavy on the veggies, light on the fruits.
  • Commercially available juices are processed and have had much of their nutritional profile destroyed.
  • Although mentioned above, I'm going to call this out again...don't go on a juice fast. It lacks the protein and fiber you need for optimum health.
  • Again, stay heavy on the veggies, light on the fruit as a general rule to keep the calories and sugars low while still getting a blast of nutrition.


The Juice Cleansing Craze

Juice cleansing is a buzz word I hear all too often. It's important enough a subject to warrant its own subsection here in the "what you need to know" section.

It's not the juice that cleanses...it's the nutritional profile of the juice that enables the body to cleanse itself.

That being said, the important thing to know here is that when juicing, your body is more fully enabled to remove toxins through the liver and kidneys. So, it is important to:

  • Drink plenty of water before and after juicing to enable your body to effectively remove the toxins through the urine.
  • Eat a well balanced diet as a part of juicing to enable your body to remove toxins through the liver and into your bowels. 

The reason it is important to also have a well balanced diet as a part of juicing is because when your liver removes toxins into your bowels after juicing, it will need to be moved out of your body through the fiber present in your bowels. If there is nothing in your gut to absorb the toxins being sent there by the liver and then passed out of your body, it could be reabsorbed again.

This is why I do not advocate juice fasting.

Generally, juicing should be used as a supplement -- a tool -- as a part of an overall balanced organic diet. Otherwise, you risk not being able to capitalize on the health benefits of juicing you're hoping to get from the effort.

If your health is very bad or you are very obese, you could try a juice cleanse similar to what is shown in a very good documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. This is a cool story about his journey from obesity, medications and a long list of health issues to excellent health using juice as a tool. He goes on a juice fast first, then transitions to a healthy diet. Great documentary and good information!