I started juicing way late into my weight-loss journey. Juicing is fast becoming popular, especially for those who wish to lose weight. But I did not do it to lose weight and I had no intention of replacing meals with it (except breakfast, which I don’t normally eat anyway – I know, such an unhealthy practice). I started juicing because of its health benefits. And because I am too lazy to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I like to eat vegetables and fruits. I just don’t get to eat enough of them.
If you don’t enjoying eating fruits and vegetables, juicing is the way to go. It’s a great way to get all those nutrients with just a few gulps. Imagine this: in my daily concoction, I use up a large bunch of lettuce, 2 carrots, a cucumber, some brocolli, and an occasional apple or orange. I can’t imagine eating all of these in one sitting. However, experts caution against relying on juicing as your only source of fruits and vegetables. This is because juicing removes the pulp, which contains fiber. So you would still need to eat at least some fruits or vegetables to source your fiber requirements. Bummer.
Here are some benefits of juicing. Some of these claims are not backed up by hard science. Nevertheless, they make so much sense, they might be true!
- It absorbs nutrients faster. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body. Vitamins, minerals and enzymes enter the bloodstream, allowing your body to absorb these faster than with solid food.
- Nutrients from vegetables and fruits have healing properties. Juicing can strengthen immunity and reducesthe chances of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It also results in clearer complexion. Of course, we can say the same thing for eating fruits and vegetables, but as mentioned earlier, we can only eat so much and it might not be sufficient.
- Juicing can give your digestive system a break. This is because it takes less energy to digest liquid than solid foods, which takes hours before being broken down and provide nourishment to the body.
No matter your reason for juicing, make sure it is based on well-balanced diet.
Credit for Photos:
- Benefits of Juicing: Is Juicing Good for You? (builtlean.com)
- Coming clean on cleanses: Juicing is all the rage, but experts issue warning (vancouversun.com)
- The Benefits of Juicing for Weight Loss (weightloss.answers.com)