If you are into health articles, you will observe that most advice on preventive healthcare as well as in the treatment of various diseases will inevitably include eating more fruits and vegetables. Yes, indeed, healthcare professionals are united in saying that fruits and vegetables are good for you. However, certain circumstances may prevent you from eating more of the good stuff, say, a busy lifestyle with no time to chop and cook, eat and enjoy healthy meals.
Fortunately, there are many types of juicers available in the market that will definitely make you want to drink your fruits and vegetables. In the process, you will enjoy the following health and convenience benefits.
Health Benefits of Juicing
The health benefits of juicing stem from the fact that more nutrients, both of the micro and macro types, are extracted from the fruits and vegetables. Thus, when the juices are consumed, more nutrients are introduced into the body.
You may ask why go through the trouble of juicing when you can just eat the foods raw or cooked. Well, there are two reasons why juicing is often better than these two previous methods of food consumption.
First, when food is eaten raw, much of the nutrients are bound to the fiber in the fruits and vegetables. It is estimated that you only get 10 percent of the available nutrients in raw food but when it is consumed in fresh juice form, more than 90 percent enters your body. This is because juicing releases the nutrients from the fiber, in a manner of speaking.
Second, cooking with heat kills the nutrients in the food. For example, the vitamin C in spinach loses much of its potency when exposed to heat. Now, contrast that with juicing where little to no heat is involved.
Because the integrity and potency of the nutrients are preserved by juicing, you will enjoy the health benefits of more vitamins and minerals, fats, carbohydrates and proteins as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants entering your body. By now, we all know that all these substances are Mother Nature’s gifts for us so that we may be able to maintain a healthy mind and body.
Fruits and vegetables have been scientifically proven to possess antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties. Thus, the more you eat of them, the more protected you will be against various illnesses, provided that you also lead a healthy lifestyle and you possess good genes.
Convenience Benefits of Juicing
We should be eating 5 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruits each day. This may not be possible for a variety of reasons, which juicing can effectively overcome in various ways.
First, finicky children and the elderly can readily drink fruits and vegetables juices. You can easily disguise the unpleasant tastes and odors – to children, at least – of the vegetables by adding the sweetness of certain fruits. Juts experiment with the flavors and you will come up with their favorites.
Second, if you are on a weight loss and maintenance diet, you can prepare the juice the night before and store it in the refrigerator. You will then have a healthy energy drink of sorts throughout the day instead of denying yourself the necessary nutrients for a great metabolism.
Indeed, when you juice up, you also make your body and mind better and in so doing, you also make your life better.
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