You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But to be more accurate, we should really say, “You are what you absorb.”
Most people are considered overfed and under-nourished. That’s because, throughout the years our eating habits have gotten worse and our stress levels are at an all-time high. This takes a toll on the body in many ways, including our digestion. Poor digestion puts a strain on the intestinal tract, which reduces our body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
1) Juicing Increases Nutrient Absorption
Unlike raw foods, fresh juice is already broken down, making it easy to digest. Your body doesn’t have to do any work. Instead, fresh juices go directly into your bloodstream. Doctors call fresh juices a 15-minute nutrient express to health!
2) Juicing Makes It Easy To Get In Your Veggies
Most people don’t eat the recommended daily serving of vegetables. By throwing them into a juicer, you can easily eat more without even realizing it!
3) Juicing Let’s You Add A Wide Variety Of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables To Your Diet
Maybe you’re not the biggest green lover. If that’s the case, you can juice your nutrient-rich veggies along with fruit. This will help mask the taste and create an enjoyable drink!
4) Helps To Alkalize The Body
Fresh vegetables are alkaline foods. So by adding fresh vegetable juices to your diet, you will alkalize your body. This helps to boost energy levels and improve digestion. It also promotes clearer skin and overall better health.
Types Of Juicers
There are many different types of juicers on the market. They come in various prices and qualities. Check out the following infographic for a detailed breakdown of the two types of juicers (article continues below):
Looking at the side-by-side comparison, it’s clear that a cold-pressed juicer has more health benefits. First and foremost, it creates a higher-quality juice that preserves more nutrients. That is a big plus!
Another benefit of cold-pressed juicers is that the juice lasts longer. According to Food Matters, fruit juices can last 24-48 hours and vegetable juices can last 12-24 hours (if they are stored properly in the refrigerator and in an airtight container).
Also, studies show cold-pressed juicers can extract 35-50% more juice. So if you’re buying organic fruits and veggies (which are more expensive than conventional), then it’s great to know you’re getting more juice for your buck!
Via Food Matters
Choose your fruits and vegetables carefully. You don’t want to buy an expensive juicer just to help you absorb more pesticide-laden produce. To avoid toxic pesticides and GMOs, go organic.
Refer to the Dirty Dozen/ Clean Fifteen for a list of foods you should ALWAYS buy organic!
Don’t Treat Your Vegetable Juice As A Meal Replacement
Unless you are fasting or going on a doctor-approved juice cleanse, vegetable juices are not meal replacements. While some vegetables do contain protein, they don’t have enough to account for a full meal. Also, vegetable juice contains virtually no fats, which are key for overall health.