Juicing is awesome. And here is why...
1. Nutrient Absorption- Vegetables and fruit are full of vitamins, minerals and enzyme. Juicing allows these nutrients to diffuse into the blood stream without the slowing or binding effects of fiber. The rapid nutrient absorption helps to heal up our organs and tissues. Juicing can assist with weight loss, decreasing inflammation, immune boosting, intestine repair, eye health and more!
2. Tastes Great- there are so many delicious fruit, vegetable and herb combinations, juice is never boring. Even the colour is enough to brighten your day.
3. Digestion Break- although not a true water fast, juice cleanses take the burden off the digestive system to breakdown and metabolize food. We were all told to eat for energy but it is surprising how much MORE energy you can have on day 7 of a water fast than most days eating a healthy diet. The truth is that metabolizing is energetically expensive, not to mention all the things that we put in our body that do not function to improve health: things that taste good, look good or are fast and easy. Giving the digestive tract a break from metabolizing allows it to rest and repair.
4. Detoxifying- Juicing for detoxification is a great way to give the body what it needs to remove metabolic waste, toxins and toxicants. The liver is our organ of detoxification. To carry out the many metabolic reactions, it needs a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants. All of these things can be obtained through a juicing detox which not only gives the intestines a break, but tastes great!
Start your day with Green Juice
2 leaves cabbage (red or green)
1 head of romaine lettuce
1/2 green pepper
1/2 - 1 green apple
Directions: wash the vegetables very well by soaking them in a basin and making sure you get off all the dirt. Slice the vegetables and spinach into juicer sized pieces. Juice all the ingredients and DRINK WITHIN 15 MINUTES - to prevent the oxidation of the nutrients in the juice.
Dose: you can have up to 5 green juices per day! But remember, it can't be stored.
For more detailed information about juicing, juicers and recipe check out my article in The Natural Path called Juicing Your Way To Radiant Health.
Dr. Ariel Jones ND