by Albert Bijou
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Health Benefits of Juicing
Being a vegetarian for the last 23 years has forced me to look into
different diets and ways to eat right and stay healthy. Recently my appetite
has decreased, but as the day went along I was feeling tired and would have
cravings late at night. I was looking for an easy and effective way to do
something good for my body and a way to stop the night cravings. Juicing in
the morning and mid day proved to be a great help. Therefore I would like to
share some benefits of juicing with all of The Jewish Hostess readers.
The many health benefits of juicing far exceed those of eating solid fruits and
For one thing, the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of
nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion
that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed. Raw fruits and
vegetables contain many substances that enhance health, and juicing
benefits the body by providing the most concentrated and readily absorbed
source of these substances.
Another one of the major health benefits of juicing is that it is an easy way
to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into
the body. Enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables have the vital role of
converting food into body tissue and energy. Enzymes are also involved in
metabolism, so one of the more valuable health benefits of juicing is that it
can increase metabolic rate. Juicing also ensures that the body is getting
sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are
considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease. While most
people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of
phytochemicals that would make a difference, it is relatively easy to drink
enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In
addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are
concentrated in juices.
Juicing can therefore help to accelerate recovery from illness. In fact, juicing
with specific combinations of fruits or vegetables can target particular
conditions and improve or alleviate symptoms.
Among the most interesting health benefits of juicing are its anti-aging
benefits and its potential for alleviating symptoms of depression. The
effects of juicing on depression are accomplished by providing a
concentrated source of minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium,
and folic acid. Deficiencies of these nutrients are associated with symptoms
Further, the concentration of antioxidants in juices combats the
damaging effects that free radicals have on skin and muscle. Juicing can
help keep skin free from wrinkles and muscles well toned. In addition,
increasing the intake of antioxidants by juicing can slow the onset of age-
Juicing is relatively cost effective and convenient. By staying
healthy as a result of increasing your intake of fresh juices, you can also
reduce the need for expensive medications. Since there are no side effects
associated with juicing, you can drink as much juice as you are able to
tolerate, thereby maximizing health benefits. There are many tasty
combinations of fruits and vegetables, and the variety of juices that can be
prepared are likely to keep you in the habit of juicing once you realize the
many health benefits that doing so can provide.
In addition, fruit and vegetable juices are good sources of the traditional
nutrients. Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) provide healthy portions of
vitamin C. Carrot juice contains large quantities of vitamin A, in the form of
beta carotene. A number of green juices are a good source of vitamin E.
Fruit juices are a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper,
potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium, which are bound by the plant in
a form that is most easily assimilated during digestion.
Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are
available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or
vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are
trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to
assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced,
removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.
Finally, fruits and vegetables provide one more substance that is absolutely
essential for good health – water. More than 65% of most of the cells in the
human body are made of water, and in some tissues, for example the brain,
the cells can be made up of as much as 80% water. Water is absolutely
essential for good health, yet most people don’t consume enough water each
day. Plus, many of the fluids we do drink, coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcoholic
beverages and artificially flavored drinks each contain substances that
require extra water for your body to eliminate. Fruit and vegetable juices are
free of these unneeded substances and are full of pure, clean water.
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