Juicing is more than just a passing fad or new dietary craze. It’s a real way to add variety to your diet, give you an energy boost and increase your overall health. Many people who would not ordinarily get enough nutrients from vegetables and fruits are able to increase their intake by juicing. Here are just a few of the benefits you can experience with this popular practice.
Increased Nutrient Absorption
One benefit of juicing is that nutrients are absorbed more quickly and efficiently. Without the addition of fiber, the digestive system doesn’t need to break down any food and therefore can more readily assimilate the nutrients into the body, where they can quickly be put to use.
Digestion actually zaps your energy, which is why you often feel sleepy after a big meal. As juicing strips out fiber, it requires minimal effort on the digestive system to break down and absorb the nutrients. This saves your body energy, which can be put to better use elsewhere.
Efficient Intake of Daily Nutritional Requirements
General nutrition guidelines recommend a minimum of six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day. At mealtime, this would equate to about half of your meal consisting of fruits or vegetables. In our meat- and carb-centric culture, that’s a hard standard to meet. Most of us don’t enjoy sitting down and eating bite after bite of fresh produce – and we’re certainly not likely to sit down and eat an apple, several stalks of celery, a bunch of carrots or a regular serving of kale or spinach in one sitting. With juicing, however, you can ingest a full day’s serving of fruits and vegetables in one cup, helping you to meet your daily nutritional requirements.
Varied Menu Options
Instead of eating the same things over and over, juicing makes it easy to try new vegetables and therefore take in a wider array of phytonutrients. The idea of eating kale may not appeal to you, but by tossing it into your juicer with your other favorite vegetables, you can take advantage of this nutrient-rich vegetable without having to actually taste it.
Notes on Juicing Although juicing has many benefits, it should be used as just one component of a healthy diet – and it shouldn’t be used as a meal replacement. Stripping out the fiber may help your body absorb nutrients more quickly, but fiber is an important element of diet and good health (especially digestive health), so be sure you’re not completely losing fiber from your diet.
Be sure you only make the amount of juice you plan on drinking in one day. Fresh juice does not keep well and may harbor harmful bacteria if you keep it past 24 hours. If you are packing your juice to take to work for a midday pick-me-up, store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.
Juicing Recipes Here are a couple of juice recipes from our favorite bloggers to get you started!