Thursday, September 12, 2013

Juicing: Heath Benefits or Just Another Fad?

Want to live a healthier lifestyle? Well, one ways to do that is to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in one’s diet. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), people should eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. While eating nutritious food daily is important, many people eat little to no fruits and vegetables. One can integrate more fruits and vegetables by eating produce, taking supplements, or juicing.

Juicing is one of the hottest trends in the health industry today. Some say it’s just a fad that will soon pass like all the other health food crazes, but many feel it’s here to stay and should be added to one’s daily nutrition needs. While most would agree that incorporating fruits and vegetables is important to include into one’s daily diet for healing and overall wellness, not all agree on the method. Evaluate the following myths and health benefits to see if juicing is right for you.

Juicing myths
1 Juicing is all that is needed.

Juicing is a great way to add needed nutrients to your body, but it is not the only requirement needed to promote or maintain health. Exercise, drinking water, and cutting out “junk food” is also needed along with juicing.

2. Juicing is costly.

Some people may feel that juicing is too costly, and that you need to buy enormous amounts of fruits and vegetables. Truthfully, buying more fruits and vegetables may be a little more expensive, but is not as expensive as numerous trips to the doctor. What price would you pay for better health?

3. Juicing alone is the best way to lose weight.

Juicing will cause you to initially lose weight, but it is not to be used exclusively as a weight loss regimen. Excess juicing without adequate protein and healthy fats will cause one to also lose muscle mass.

Health Benefits of Juicing

1. Provide immediate source of vitamins and nutrients.

Nutrients are absorbed quicker into the body because juice bypasses the process of food breakdown. Fruit and vegetable juice is made up of smaller particles than solid food, and therefore can be immediately absorbed into the intestines. Juicing is also great because you can all the recommended servings in one glass a day.

2. Easy on the digestive system.

Juicing is a great way for people with gastrointestinal issues to get the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many people with digestive problems need nutrients without the added fiber or bulk.

3. Energy boost.

A green drink is perfect for breakfast and will provide you with abundant energy, and is also a great way to start the day. Juicing will give you an instant energy boost without the “crash” that you experience after eating sugary, processed foods.

While juicing may be a new trend, it is also an excellent way to add the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Juicing will increase vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant intake to the body, but it should not be a stand-alone regimen. Juicing should be added to a well-balanced diet.

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