The benefits of juicing. Let’s be honest. Sometimes being healthy is really hard. Not all of us can be kale loving yogis who only drink water and green tea. Enter the juicing craze. New Juice bars are popping up on every corner. More and more people are buying juicers to make concoctions on their own. Fresh-squeezed and freshly bottled juices have become a popular way to get the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. They are also favored by dieters looking to “cleanse” their way to weight loss. But what other benefits does juicing have?
Experts recommend at least 6 to 8 servings of vegetables a day. If that sounds like too many veggies, juicing can help fill that void. For regular folks like you and me, we all struggle to get enough greens and fruits in our diets. How does juicing help us? Well…
Benefits of Juicing: More Nutrient Absorption
Fiber is really important. It contains nutrients and helps aid in digestion. But our gut doesn’t need to digest so much of it! How realistic is it to eat 2-3 pounds of vegetables each day? Enter one of the first benefits of juicing. Juicing makes this possible because this process involves extracting juice. This takes digestion out of the equation and introduces nutrients directly to the bloodstream.
Since you’re drinking rather than eating, you’re able to take in more vegetables thus absorbing more nutrients. And you won’t have to stuff yourself too much with a lot of fiber. In short, juicing allows you to consume more vegetables efficiently.
Juicing Allows You to Consume a Wider Range of Vegetables
How many different types of vegetables do you cook in a week? If we’re being honest, how many times do you even cook a week?
Are you someone who’s eating varieties of fruits and vegetables every week? Still not sure you’ll receive the benefits of juicing? Juicing helps us here because it adds a lot more variety in every juice we make. This results in your body to get more nutrients.
Juicing Gets Good Bacteria to the Gut
Did you know a third of our immune system is located in our digestive tract? Countless research shows that the key to good health is through a healthy gut. In a study done by Gemma Walton Ph.D., they found that eating food rich in prebiotics such as in leeks and bananas increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million. Vegetables are one of the best sources of these prebiotics.
Light green, dark green and yellow colored vegetables are rich in carotene, Vitamin C and E and folate that help fight colon cancer. Ginger is another ingredient that aids digestion. It can also heal an upset stomach. These ingredients are key to many juicing recipes. Try one for yourself to receive the benefits of juicing!
Juicing Helps to Detoxify the Body
A few decades ago our lives are much simpler. We had slower paced lifestyles. And we cooked more meals with less processed foods. Today it’s the opposite. Technology should make our lives easier, but the opposite has happened. Our lives seem to move faster and faster. And that means more of us are turning to fast food to nourish our bodies.
Between that and the other stress in our lives, our bodies begin to take a toll. And that means it’s time for a detox. Detoxing rids the body of toxins that accumulate over time. These toxins can result because of poor diet choices, lack of exercise and a generally unhealthy lifestyle.
One great way to detox is through a juice fast. Remember that this is different from drinking a smoothie because smoothies still have the pulp that our gut needs to digest. The goal of a juice fast is to rest our digestive system. It also helps nourish it with nutrients found in fruits and vegetables then flush out toxins.
Juicing Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Another sad reality of the times is the rise of people who have diabetes. And more and more of them are in their teens and 20’s. With the growing number of fast food chains, the allure of cheap food served within minutes is hard to resist. And our health is paying the price for that convenience.
Fortunately, by adapting your diet, you can lower down your blood sugar levels. Eating foods like ginger, broccoli, spinach, celery, and onion as well as acidic fruits like lemon, grapefruit, pomegranates, and oranges can help lower blood sugar levels. Juicing these vegetables help you consume more without overloading your digestive system.
Remember to limit the number of sweet fruits in the mixture to the bare minimum. If you like fruit, it would be best to eat them whole with the fiber to slow down the release of fructose to the bloodstream.
The Benefits of Juicing and Chiropractic Care
Juicing isn’t a gimmick but a beneficial practice that will help you improve your health when done right. Chiropractic care focuses on the care and treatment of the spine. The spine is a vital part of the central nervous system. As a result, when the spine is in proper alignment, the rest of the body is able to work more efficiently. Therefore, this creates better communication between body parts and systems.
Chiropractic care is focused on allowing our spine and nerves to work to their best ability. This results in not only allowing our organs to function but to their best ability. Furthermore, along with helping with the optimal functioning of our organs, the realigning of the spine may also help with increasing our immune system effectiveness and our hormone functions. Contact us today to schedule an introductory chiropractic session. We can discuss your pains and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!