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11 Amazing Reasons to Start Juicing Today
As a rule, when it comes to food I tend to be suspicious of trends (for example, matcha smoothies or the cronut). Instead, I prefer to scope out foods that fall under the radarbecause if I'm not pleased with the discovery, at least I have a good story to tell.
Needless to say, I ignored juice bars when they started popping up all over the place. But when I finally tried a freshly squeezed concoction one hot afternoon, I was instantly hooked (against my better judgment, of course). Now I can’t wait to share 11 amazing reasons to start juicing today!
What exactly is juicing?
Juicing is extracting liquid from fruits and veggies with the help of a motorized or hand-operated device. This process separates the juice from the solid, fibrous pieces of fruit or veg so your body has an easier time digesting the nutrients (you just drink it down!).
Why is juicing good for you?
Fresh juice is so good for you because the vitamins and minerals aren’t broken down nor have they lost any of their nutritional value (which happens with cooked or manipulated foods). In other words, you get a big natural bang for your buck.
Types of juice
You can juice most fruits and veggies and it’s really a matter of trial and error to determine your favorite combos. You can mix fruits with vegetables and experiment with other flavor enhancements (like cinnamon or vanilla). Here’s a hot tip: while figs and avocados are great in a smoothie, they are not made for juicing!
11 amazing reasons to start juicing today
You can reward your hard working body by drinking a freshly squeezed juice? Since there’s nothing solid to digest, you’re able to quickly absorb something that’s delicious and good for you! With very little effort your body is able to soak up micronutrients, too (like disease fighting phytonutrients!).
Juicing is the perfect opportunity to expand your palate and sample those exotic looking fruits and veggies. Next time you’re at the grocery store you’ll have the perfect excuse to load up on jicama, dandelion greens, fennel and prickly pear!
When that afternoon slump hits, instead of reaching for a coffee, make a juice! Since your body doesn’t have to spend time digesting, the juice will flood your body with energy and goodness right away. What’s more, the ritual of juicing –making a healthy food choice – is also known to boost your mood.
Since juicing improves your overall immune system, you’ll find that you suffer from fewer colds and you have way more energy than ever before. These are signs that your body is working to reach its optimal condition. Before you know it, your skin will have a natural, irresistible glow because when your body is healthy on the inside, it shows on the outside.
Certainly, juice fasts are not for everyone. But we’ve heard during a juice fast it’s possible to reach a different level of awareness in terms of body and mind. The theory is that since you don’t focus on chewing and digesting, you’re freed up to notice and reflect upon new things. This may explain why many yoga and mediation enthusiasts are avid juicers!
Get a boost
When it comes to juicing citrus fruits, there’s a bonus. Although you need to peel the hard skin, you should leave on as much of the white pith as possible (we’re talking about the spongy, tissue-like stuff right under the skin). This actually helps your body to absorb antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Juicing is a natural way for the body to rid itself of toxins that are harming your body, or keeping your body from healing. Several fruits and veggies are known for their detox qualities (for example apples, lemon, beets, spinach and kale) and there are plenty of tasty recipes to sample (we suggest searching online).
A juice habit could be an expensive one if you pay to have your juice made for you every day. That’s why if you commit to adding juice to your diet, it’s worth it to invest in a juicer and to stock up on supplies. Trust us, it won’t be long before you notice just how much you’ve saved!
Speed up your morning routine! Don’t waste any more time standing in a line waiting for your juice order. Instead, make your favorite juice at home and take it to go.
Share with kids
If your kids aren’t big on the fruits and veggies, surprise them with a tasty super juice made with apples, lemon and ginger or a kale and pineapple combo. If they don’t know what’s in it, they may just love it!
Shake it up
Juicing is just the thing to shake up your normal eating habits. Instead of grabbing a granola bar before a workout, make a juice to take with you to the gym. Make a point of prepping the ingredients ahead of time (cut them up and refrigerate them), you’ll be out the door in a jiffy. Once you realize the benefits, it won’t take long for juicing to become a regular part of your daily routine.
Power to change
According to recent studies, 76% of people don’t include enough fruit in their diets and 87% skimp on vegetables. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way! Juicing (along with a healthy diet) is a quick and easy way to meet the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.
With so many reasons to start juicing, there really is no excuse not to jump on the bandwagon. Of course, when it comes to diets and nutrition, we all get into ruts. But thanks to the power of juicing, we don’t have to stay there.
The Queen of Quark loves to teach others how to make quark cheese, a German superfood, into their diets and to inspire people to be happy, celebrate life and strive for optimal health. She blogs about quark cheese and healthy living over at Queen of Quark.
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