#1 Health Benefits of Juicing
Benefits of Juicing
#1 More Raw
Most of us know it’s important for our health to eat more fruits and vegetables. But let’s be honest, how many of us do it? Even if you follow a plant-based diet, you still need to drink juice to get more raw nutrients in.
Did you know that we are the only animal on the planet that cooks our food? Yes, that is a fact, so it’s even more beneficial to your health to get more raw (uncooked, unprocessed) fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Why raw? One word… Enzymes!
Whilst we all love our cooked foods, the truth is we miss out on all of the valuable ‘heat-sensitive’ nutrients and enzymes that nature offers, as they are mostly destroyed in the cooking process.
Water-soluble nutrients like Vitamin B & C and a group of nutrients called Polyphenolics seem to be the most vulnerable to degradation in processing and cooking.
Any cooking of fruits or vegetables will destroy enzymes that are naturally found in raw food.
In fact, any sustained heat of approximately 48-54 celsius (and above) destroys virtually all enzymes.
So, why are enzymes important?
Because enzyme-rich foods actually “pre-digest” a significant portion of what we eat.
This means a lot less work for our body, and we don’t get the feeling of fatigue either after eating a big, cooked meal.
Raw food, whether we eat it or drink it, is actually broken down via the natural enzymes before it enters the lower stomach. What this does is it takes a lot of stress off the pancreas (and the entire body) by providing the natural enzymes required for digestion.
So, how do you know if you need more raw nutrients?
By listening to your body. Your body will actually give you signs and symptoms to tell you if you need more raw enzymes, they are easily identified, particularly after meals and can include:
- Acid re-flux
- Bloating, gas
These ‘seemingly insignificant’ health concerns can lead to other more serious health conditions like; arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The key is to get more cold pressed juice into your body as it will provide raw nutrients and enzymes that your body will love and use!
WHY JUICE WHEN WE CAN EAT IT WHOLE?
I often get asked why we don’t just eat the fruit and vegetables instead of taking the time to extract the juice and then drink the juice.
Well, of course you can do that!
Eating more raw fruits and vegetables is one of the best habits you can add to your daily eating plan, but the thing is, most people just don’t do it!!!
Most people find it hard to eat 10 serves of fresh, raw, fruit and vegetables every day, as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) which is why I recommend juicing… it makes it simple and easy to get more raw nutrients into your diet.
In fact, eating just raw fruits and vegetables for a short period of time, is a form of cleansing. As I mentioned above, you are a juicer and it’s only the juice that feeds you – so, when you eat only raw fruits and vegetables you are technically juicing!!!
On the other hand, when we cook our food, many of the heat sensitive nutrients are destroyed. The fibres become life-less, acting like a wet mop, swabbing through the intestines. These fibres when combined with man-made sauces, dairy and other animal products can leave a coating on the walls of the intestines which, over the course of time can accumulate and cause the colon to become sluggish. The signs of a sluggish colon is constipation, colitis, diverticulosis and other digestive related diseases.
Again, this is another benefit of juicing… it cleanses the colon and helps the body remove all the accumulated, toxic matter that coats the colon and causes dis-ease.
JUICING VS BLENDING
Without doubt, the first question I always get asked when talking about juicing vs blending is…
“What about the fibre?”
“If a juicer removes the fibre don’t, I need it?”
Whether you juice or blend, you will still get the fibre you need because there are two kinds of fibre and here’s how they work in your body:
1. Soluble fibre – This fibre remains in the juice when cold pressed, it is soluble and wherever the juice goes, so does the soluble!
When you drink a juice, the soluble fibre (eg. pectin) absorbs water in your intestines, forming a gel that helps slow the transit of food through your digestive tract. It also acts as pre-biotic to support healthy bacteria in the gut.
2. Insoluble fibre – This fibre remains (as does the soluble fibre) when you blend.
The part of any plant food that cannot be digested or absorbed by the body is insoluanle fibre (eg. celluslose) – it is insoluble which means it cannot be dissolved!
Insoluble fibre makes you feel full because it literally takes up more room in your stomach. This fibre helps to keep you regular when you eat food. And, since your body doesn’t absorb insoluble fibre it adds bulk to your stools.
I like to look at it this way.
If you want a meal replacement that makes you feel full, make a smoothie.
If you want to flood your body with more raw nutrients and enzymes for health and healing, make a cold pressed juice.
A JUICE CLEANSE CAN HELP YOU DETOX
Now that you’ve read about the benefits of doing a juice cleanse you might be wondering whether you need to do one or not? How do you tell?
Look at it this way… when your body is performing well, your natural elimination systems easily cleanse through our four elimination channels:
But when you are stressed and busy and living an unhealthy lifestyle with bad eating and lifestyle habits (over many years) your body may be struggling to eliminate and work at its optimum best. And this leaves you all backed up, low on energy and overloaded with both physical and emotional toxins.
It’s time to detox!
I love the saying... ‘Wisdom comes from using the knowledge you learn and passion comes from sharing that wisdom with others’. May the wisdom I am sharing here and my passion for juicing inspire you to drink more liquid nutrition and make juicing a regular part of your daily life!