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Juicing – Better Than a Vitamin Pill!

Juicing - Better Than a Vitamin Pill!

This weeks health tip is all about juicing. You’ve [probably seen it or heard about it on TV or know someone who has gotten into it. Well before it was trendy, us natural health practitioners recommended it for a great way to get lots of nutrients fast and as a superb preventative method for keeping illnesses away. Today I’m going to give you a brief run down on some of the health benefits of Juicing. I highly recommend this practice to anyone wanting to improve their health and well being or looking for a great method of prevention.

 

 

Health Benefits of Juicing

There’s 3 main reasons why juicing is so good for you.

  1. It requires little digestion so therefore the nutrients are absorbed quickly.
  2. When you juice, you are getting way more than the minimum recommended 2 fruits and 5 veg daily so you are getting a very rich source of bio-available vitamins, mineral and other nutrients.
  3. Juicing aids in natural liver detoxification.

Main Juicing Benefits

  • Improvement in Cardio-Vascular System –  Both antioxidant vitamins C and E prevent the damaging effect of free radicals on artery walls. They prevent blood from sticking, clotting, becoming toxic as well as helping to lower triglycerides levels (Here is more info about how to lower triglycerides). Good to great levels of vitamin C can be found in most vegetables and fruits. For the health benefits of juicing vitamin E you can use blackberries, kiwi, asparagus and spinach in your juicer recipes. Potassium and magnesium are essential for proper heart function and a regular heart beat. Blackberries are a good source for both these minerals as well as anthanocyins. Additionally, as we know, being overweight plays a fundamental role in developing heart disease, so its good to take some common sense and a realistic approach on how to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Detoxifying The Liver-The liver has 100’s of important functions. One of its main functions is to clean the blood and remove toxins and metabolic waste as well as regulate hormones, insulin and body heat. With the amount of toxins we are dealing with everyday in modern life we need to be real diligent in helping to keep it “clean” so it can keep us clean! Regular juicing is like giving your liver a helping hand to keep performing at it’s optimum.Certain nutrients are needed to provide the juicing benefits of liver cleansing. Antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and N-acetyl cysteine are potent liver cleansers. In addition, B-vitamins riboflavin and niacin also aid liver cleansing. Cabbage, brussel sprouts and cauliflower have been found to be great for the liver.
  • Alkalizing The System–  All vegetables are alkalizing. Fruits on the other hand are not; they are mostly acidic in nature. The benefits of making your body PH level less acidic is a subject of its own, so here are just a few juicing benefits;
    1. Improved brain function
    2. Improved heart function
    3. Slowing down the aging process
    4. Improved joint function – helping with arthritis
    5. Less disease-prone body environment.
    6. Better digestion
    7. Reduced inflammations
  • Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails-The antioxidants vitamins C and E help to prevent skin damage from sun exposure, due to their free radical neutralizing abilities. The health benefits of juicing blackberries and blueberries together will provide you with a good source of vitamins C and E as well as antioxidants to help prevent skin aging and wrinkles.A deficiency in riboflavin (vitamin B2) can cause cracked lips, hair loss, dermatitis, greasy looking skin and other skin problems. Putting kale, spinach, and asparagus in your juicer recipes will provide you with vitamin B2.The most potent nutrient for healthy eyes is vitamin A, which is not found in plants. Its precursor, beta-carotene, is found in abundance in orange colored fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is turned into vitamin A by the body. This vitamin is essential for the retina to function properly and prevent night blindness. Both vitamins A and C reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Carrot juice is a very good source for both of these vitamins but beta-carotene is found abundantly in most vegetables.
  • Aids in Rebuilding Blood Cells-Yes that’s right! This is made possible by the incredibly healthy chlorophyll, which would need an article of its own to give justice to its health benefits!On a molecular level chlorophyll looks almost exactly like a component of the red blood cell hemin. More amazingly scientists have found that when you assimilate chlorophyll into the body, it makes the chemical shift and actually becomes hemin. Essentially, taking chlorophyll is almost like getting a blood transfusion, well not really but you get the jist!Chlorophyll is also a pigment that gives plants their green color. So put the green stuff in your juicer recipes! The darker the green, the more chlorophyll it contains.
  • Improved Immune System – Drinking juice recipes regularly is going to give you a wide variety and more than adequate amount of antioxidants which are essential for a healthy immune system. The antioxidants from fruits and vegetables include vitamins A, C, E, plus a wide range of plant chemicals called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals have amazing and varied health benefits, most notably anti-cancer properties. Couple this with minerals like iron and zinc as well as some added probiotics and you have an immune boosting super drink!

On top of all this you will naturally have more energy, far less illnesses and disease and improved mental clarity as a result of these all working for you in harmony when you drink freshly made juice daily. The keyword here is ‘freshly made’, no point using some processed sugar ladened crap, it has to be freshly made. So you’ll need a juicer for this, to find one of those that suit you, just click here to check some out on choice.com.au http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/household/kitchen/benchtop-appliances/juicers-review-and-compare.aspx . Once you’ve got one, you’re on your way to a btter way of living and healthier life.

Enjoy!

Craig Hitchens – Natural Health Specialist

 

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