The Benefits of Juicing
Juicing your vegetables and fruits is not a new fad, but it is rising once again in popularity as people are being reintroduced to the health benefits. The man first credited for bringing the concept of juicing into the mainstream is the legendary Jack LaLanne, The Godfather of Fitness, who coined such phrases as “If man made it, don’t eat it,” preaching about the benefits of eating whole, natural foods. LaLanne along with many other health and fitness gurus believed juicing to be one of the most effective and efficient ways of getting nutrients and micronutrients into the body, including living enzymes that can only be found in live vegetables and fruits. Generally, there are only so many vegetables and fruits you’re willing to eat in a day-only so much spinach and zucchini, broccoli and apples, carrots and lemons, but nutritionists agree that these foods contain the most essential nutrients in our diet of which most Americans are deficient. Juicing is a great way to combat that problem-by extracting the juices from these living vegetables and fruits, it is often much easier to consume a high volume of a variety of tasty juices than trying to eat them all.
Professional athletes have taken to juicing. New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira lost 15 pounds off-season that he credits to healthy eating, including juicing. Then, Josh Hamilton, LA Angle’s outfielder, arrived at spring training 20 pounds lighter, which he credits to juicing. These men have first-hand knowledge of the benefits of juicing, but not just in weight management. “Juice is already broken down into easily digestible form,” says Cherie Calbom, CN, nutritionist and author of The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices. “It gets into the system within about 20 minutes to revitalize energy levels and repair the body.”
Many vegetables and fruits can be juiced, and specific juices reveal a variety of specific benefits. Beet juice, for instance, is a well-known “super food” that has a naturally sweet, earthy flavor and blends well with most other vegetable and fruit juice combinations. Known mostly as a liver-protective food, new research is demonstrating even greater health benefits from beet juice. It appears to be strongly beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
Antioxidants and nitrates are prevalent in beet juice. Nitrates are known specifically to improve blood flow throughout the body – such as organs and muscles like the brain and heart. Nitrates increase nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and increases oxygen flow, helping to lower blood pressure.
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Juicing really can help boost your nutrition while adding tasty, fresh variety to your diet as you try to get in more whole nutrients from raw fruits and vegetables. The most effective and efficient way to get fresh juice is to make juice at home with a juicer, and it can be a fun activity for the whole family. You also could try different juice blends at a juice bar-often found in health food stores, some gyms and some whole foods restaurants. You may even be able to buy freshly squeezed juices at the supermarket and some small local businesses have started selling freshly squeezed juice blends.