Ahhhh, the refreshing taste of a cold tropical fresh juice drink. Overwhelming at times the desire overtakes some to the point of buying cases of fruit juices but sadly they are polluting their body’s with unhealthy juice concentrates that will damage their systems. By taking that extra time to juice your own fruits you will be assure that you will not be drinking liquids that have been flavored with flavored packs packed with toxic chemicals.
In order to live a healthy and vibrant life in todays modern, fast-paced world, it has become absolutely critical to eat grains, meats, and produce as possible; supplement the diet with
vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids; get plenty of rest and relaxation; reduce health-eroding emotions like anger, resentment, and fear; eat organic whenever possible; and include plenty of antioxidants in the form of dark, leafy greens and fruits and vegetables.
All of these components are necessary in the building of optimum health and success, as well as combating and preventing illness and disease. Most North Americans do not get even close to their recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and juicing is an easy way to accomplish just that. Extracting fresh juice from raw fruits and vegetables and drinking it right away, allows many of the vital nutrients and enzymes to remain intact and since the enzymes act as catalysts in almost every bodily function, juicing plays a significant role in the fight against free radicals. It allows nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, and trace amounts of essential fatty acids to enter the body in a more bioactive form than supplements. In other words, the body is better able to absorb all of nutritional value of the fruits and vegetables when they are juiced. The result of all of this maximum and efficient nutrient absorption is increased energy and vitality. In fact, Vitamin A, if taken in large doses in supplement form,
could lead to toxicity; whereas, beta-carotene, which is the pre-cursor that the body then converts into Vitamin A in the body, is water soluble, and carries almost no risk of toxicity.
Fresh vegetables, especially carrots, contain large amounts of the more easily assimilated, and non-toxic form of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, which is released with the rupture of membranes when the vegetable is juiced.
Juicing is also a better way to get your vitamins and minerals because all of the phytonutrients, soluble fiber, and many other complex compounds that exist in the natural fruit also exist in its juice; whereas, each nutrient is individually extracted when it is in supplement form. Since all nutrients work symbiotically with one another, with each enhancing or balancing the other, drinking freshly extracted vegetable juice allows you to get the
nutrients in combinations that exist in the food when it is in its natural state.
Additionally, juicing provides a lot of soluble fiber; therefore, the nutrients that are contained in the insoluble fiber of a fruit or vegetable are released so that the body can make use of
them. When fruits or vegetables are eaten whole, these nutrients would not be available to the body, as they would be contained within the indigestible fiber. Since fiber is such an important factor in the elimination of waste and toxins from the body, and keeping the colon and bowel cleansed, a high fiber diet is highly recommended for optimum health and wellness. Soluble fiber, as well as aiding in the body’s elimination and detoxification processes, is also the fiber that has been found to lower levels of cholesterol.
Most of the bottled juices that are available in supermarkets, and even health food stores, have been pasteurized in an effort to eliminate harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, the process of pasteurizing includes subjecting fresh juices to extremely high temperatures. There are valuable and fragile enzymes, phytonutrients, and other nutritional compounds that are
destroyed with the addition of heat. Cooking, refining and processing food strips it of its maximum nutritional value. Freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juice also provides
another, major key nutrient: water. Everyday factors like caffeine, over-the-counter medications, salt, cigarette smoking, and alcohol all act to dehydrate the body. These factors, combined with the fact that most Americans do not consume nearly enough water just to reach the basic daily intake, never mind compensate for what’s lost, can contribute to ill health. Since fresh juices contain ample amounts of this vital substance, this is yet another reason that juicing could be such an important addition to an overall Optimum health and wellness plan.
The benefits of juicing are many, while the downsides are few to none. In a society where the number of people who get their daily requirements of fruits and vegetables, is painfully low, juicing should be an absolute necessity and priority for good health.