Top Ten Reasons to Juice
We need liquids to
remain healthy, and juicing is a good source of liquids.
Specific vitamins and minerals. When you juice raw
fruits and vegetables, you get specific vitamins and minerals
in a natural, easily absorbable form. Looking for beta
carotene? Drink carrot juice. Looking for potassium? Try a
green juice, or blackberry juice.
Phytochemicals. Heard of them? They are substances in
plants that are linked to good health and to prevention of
specific diseases. They are found only in fruits and
vegetables, and juicing is a great way to get them.
Protein from nonmeat sources. Although fruits and
vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their
juice can be a convenient carrier. Simply add some brewer's
yeast, wheat germ, or whole grains to whatever you're juicing.
These give you protein without the fat that meat contains, and
protein that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body.
Quick absorption. When you drink juice, the nutrients
get to you quickly!
Less digestive work. When you drink juice, you save
your body energy; it doesn't have to do as much digesting. It
also helps maintain your supply of digestive enzymes - you do
not use as many.
Healthy sugar. No, this is not an oxymoron. Juices
contain simple sugars that we need for energy; however,
because they are combined with other healthful nutrients, they
are not harmful, as are refined sugars.
The complete package. When you juice, you get the whole
package - all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.
This means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added
sugars, like those found in juices on supermarket shelves.
Juicing prevents disease. Many studies point out that a
diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease.
1 Enzymes! Fruit and vegetable juices
provide a convenient source of enzymes. Although people don't
think of them much, enzymes are extremely important to health.
They spark the essential chemical reactions we need to live.
They are necessary for digesting food, for stimulating the
brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all