The Benefits of Juicing Fruit and Vegetables
Juicing is the process of obtaining the liquid from raw fruit and vegetables. Needless to say, there are many known benefits of juicing. In fact, just one or two servings of fresh juice can provide our recommended daily allowance for fruit and vegetables.
One of the main advantages of getting the required amount of fruit and vegetables is they supply the body with necessary antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. Additionally, according to the Center of Disease Control and prevention (CDC), they contain the essential nutrients to help protect us from many chronic diseases.
Other Known Benefits of Juicing
1. Juicing helps us to benefit from the live enzymes present in fruit and vegetables.
Enzymes help the body to experience fewer symptoms of certain diseases. Essentially, consuming fresh juices allow us to reap the benefits of these enzymes, which are not in cooked food—as heating tends to kill these live enzymes.
2. Fresh juices have a cleansing effect on the body.
Juicing is said to be effective in ridding the body of toxins, which usually results in weight loss. Advocates say this type of cleansing is safe as long as you consult your doctor first and keep it a minimum of up to 3 days at a time.
3. Your body will experience better nutrient absorption.
Most nutrients are absorbed into the blood across the small and large intestines. Yet the nutrients in fresh juice are more easily absorbed than regular food. This is because drinking the liquid versus the whole fruit and vegetables cuts down on the amount of energy the body uses to break them down. Thus the nutrients from the juices are able to absorb more quickly into the blood stream.
4. Drinking fresh juices can improve the overall condition of your skin.
Fresh juices contain the antioxidants and nutrients for maintaining healthy skin. For instance, the vitamin A in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli promotes skin healing. Also, the vitamin C in produce like raspberries, broccoli, oranges, grapefruits and kiwi, help with collagen and connective tissue formation. The pay off for these effects may be reversed skin aging.
The Difference Between Juices and Smoothies
Both juices and smoothies are equally popular these days. Though used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. Juices are the liquid from fruit and vegetables, whereas smoothies are a creamy version to juices. So while smoothies contain the liquid of fruit and vegetables, you can also find either yogurt, milk, a milk substitute or protein powders added to them.
A Simple, Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe
- a juicer or blender
- almond milk, 8 ounces
- a ripe banana
- your choice of berries, 1 cup
- kale, 1/2 cup (optional)
- ice, 2 to 3 cubes
- Combine berries, banana, kale and almond milk in a juicer or blender container.
- Place the lid on the container and puree for a few seconds.
- Add the ice cubes gradually and continue to puree until nearly smooth.
- Pour it into a glass and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings
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