Why We Become Ill
Chronic disease and inflammatory conditions are becoming increasingly common in recent times. While some health ailments take seed at birth, most health issues are both caused by and can be prevented by proper nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Furthermore, imbalances form in the body when the body takes in too few nutrients. For the vast majority of humans, our diet falls short in regards to vitamin and mineral consumption. We as a people consume massive quantities of processed and refined foods rife with chemicals, toxins and additives, and not enough whole, local, unrefined foods in their natural form.
Benefits of Juicing
Juicing is the quickest route to get fresh, undenatured nutrients into your system. The juicing process entails using a processor that separates the fibrous parts of the fruit or vegetable from the liquid part. What you’re left with is a drink that is minimally taxing on your digestive system to process, as it contains minimal insoluble fiber. This differs from drinking smoothies, as they generally contain a relatively large amount of fiber depending on the ingredients.
The benefits of juicing are far reaching and can prove to be beneficial to anyone. Keep in mind that your main focus should be vegetable juice. If the sugar in fruit is digested in concentrated doses through juice, it can cause a spike in blood sugar. Fructose (the sugar found in fruit) is meant to be housed in fiber, thus time releasing the effect of the sugar impact. Since vegetables are lower and often times empty of sugar, they’re the perfect food to juice.
If you consume juice on a regular basis, you can expect benefits like improved digestion, reduced bloating, increased energy, clearer skin, better moods and a detoxified system. Most people immediately experience a feeling of revitalization and feel good. If your current diet is full of processed foods, you might experience some side effects of detoxification which can include runny stool and a mild headache. With some water, they should subside shortly after the onset.
How to Start Juicing
Regardless of the dietary approach that you adhere to, whether it’s vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, ketogenic, carnivore, omnivore, etc., you should be looking to vegetables for a hearty dose of nutrients. Vegetables like spinach, chard and kale are amongst the most nutritionally dense foods that you can find at your local grocery store. Pound for pound, they contain even more trace minerals than beef.
If you don’t currently own a juicer, you’re in luck. Since the juicing movement has been around for several years, it’s easier than ever to find an affordable juicer to outfit your kitchen. By easily searching some online shopping sites, you can find a good quality juicer that will get the job done.
The best way to start juicing is to take a trip to your local grocery store and buy a few pounds of product, starting with greens. Since greens are not a high yield vegetable (low water content), you’ll also want to pick up a few higher yield vegetables like celery and cucumber so that the finished product is more filling. To take the green edge off of your juice, look to a low glycemic fruit like lemon, orange or granny smith apple.
Keep sealable glass jars on hand to promptly bottle your juice right after juicing. Oxygen, light and heat are the three factors that cause juice to break down and oxidize the fastest. Thus, it’ll keep your juice at the peak of freshness if you either drink it right away, or fill it, seal it up and put it in the refrigerator. You can expect fresh juice to last up to 5 days refrigerated.
Juicing is an excellent solution to getting more nutrition into your diet. If you don’t have time or don’t want to make the commitment to juice at home, research some nearby health markets or juice shop that can provide you with your daily dose of veggies. If you’re budget-conscious and worried about the money spent, consider that it’s an investment in your health.
Also, when your diet is rich with nutrients, your cravings tend to go away and you aren’t as hungry all the time. Thus, it will end up saving you money in a roundabout way. Not to mention, you will be potentially avoiding big medical bills down the road if you invest in your wellness at the present time.
About the Author
Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.