The crazy good benefits of juicing
When done properly, juicing can provide several important nutritional benefits. Experts universally recommend that our diet should include six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Some of us try to eat that much, but most of us don’t often succeed.
Very few of us actually manage to fit the targeted six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables into our meals every day. Juicing daily virtually guarantees success in reaching that goal because it’s so easy to drink two or three glasses of freshly prepared juice.
Juicing facilitates a more varied, interesting, nutritionally balanced diet. Many of us tend to eat only a few different fruits and veggies. For example, a lot of people don’t branch out much farther than peas, green beans, lettuce and carrots as far as vegetables are concerned. They just don’t enjoy eating any others. Juicing lets you enjoy a wide variety of veggies even though you don’t like eating those same vegetables whole. Juicing a lot of different vegetables keeps you from becoming bored with the same old foods, and it gives you a more comprehensive, balanced blend of essential nutrients too.
Fresh, raw produce is definitely more nutritious than its cooked counterparts, because none of the nutrients in raw produce have been destroyed by heat. Juicing raw fruits and veggies preserves all their vitamins, minerals, enzymes and natural goodness.
Although eating whole raw produce is much more nutritious than eating cooked or processed foods, eating enough raw hard vegetables to satisfy your daily nutritional requirements would cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaws. Imagine how tired your jaws would be if you ate two or three pounds of raw carrots every day! Drinking a couple of glasses of freshly prepared carrot juice every day will give you the same health benefits but be much easier on you physically. Juicing is much less tiring and much more efficient than eating large quantities of raw vegetables every day.
Juicing helps your body absorb and metabolize all the beneficial nutrients in fresh produce. Juice is liquid, fruits and vegetables are solid. Freshly prepared fruit or vegetable juice contains the same types and amounts of nutrients as the whole produce it’s prepared from, but those nutrients are easier to absorb and metabolize when they’re already in liquid form. It might sound a bit odd, but in a way juicing helps “pre-digest” whole fruits and veggies. Your body will be able to take advantage of more of the wholesomeness of fruits and vegetables when they’ve been juiced than when you eat them whole.