Due to the many health benefits of juicing, we have seen a resurgence in popularity over the last decade with juice bars, café’s, and juices even sold now in big chain supermarkets.
If, like many, you find it challenging to get your 5 servings of vegetables in every day, adding juice to your weekly eating plan can be a simple and effective way to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need.
Though, instead of going on a juice fast or going through a fad of juicing, adding it into your lifestyle as part of your weekly eating can be a great way to increase your level of health and wellbeing.
Small consistent and persistent changes create far bigger results than large short-term actions. Enjoying the benefits of juicing as part of your healthy lifestyle will mean you are much more likely to continue your juicing habit.
There have been numerous studies over the years showing the benefits of all kinds of juicing, with one study finding that “including 1-2 cups of vegetable juice daily was an acceptable way for healthy adults to close the dietary vegetable gap” and that an “increase in daily vegetable intake was associated with reduction in blood pressure in subjects who were pre-hypertensive at the start of the trial.
4 Benefits of Juicing
So what exactly are the health benefits of juicing?
Let’s take a closer look at a few.
One of the benefits of juicing is that everyone loves is a glowing complexion. Juicing provides a large amount of nutrients to the body in a very effective and efficient way for the body to digest, absorb and assimilate.
If you’re not getting 5 servings of vegetables in per day, juicing can be a great way to remedy that, with a huge range of recipes to choose from.
Juicing benefits skin in a number of ways. Juicing provides hydration, and many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your body, crucial for healthy skin, hair and nails, in an easily to digest and absorb way.
Depending upon which recipe you choose, you’ll be getting an array of nutrients that can otherwise be missed in a busy life.
Great immunity is an added benefit of juicing. Being depleted of nutrients can also mean your immune system just doesn’t have what it needs to protect you from foreign invaders and pathogens. Antioxidants are an essential part of healthy immunity.
Freshly made vegetable juice strengthens the immune system by providing an array of vitamins and minerals to the body, building your body’s defence against many preventable chronic illnesses.
Vegetables (especially greens) are packed with chlorophyll which helps promote wellbeing in the body by building red blood cells, and both lemon and ginger have excellent sources of immune-boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Adding a variety of vegetable juices to your routine will ensure you receive a wide array of antioxidants and nutrients to help your immune system to be strong and sound.
Another benefit of juicing is that there are a variety of reasons that you may be feeling fatigued and low on energy. One of them may be your lack of or depletion of dense nutrients in your body.
A stimulant like caffeine can give you a boost, but it does nothing to address the underlying cause of why you are really feeling fatigued.
When your body is deprived of nutrients, it simply can’t function optimally. One of the benefits of green juice is the amount of easily digestible vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, A and K which leafy greens have in abundance.
Ensuring your body has an abundance of quality vitamins and minerals will give your body the boost it needs and help you to have the long-term and sustainable energy you really want.
Another benefit of juicing is that it provides nutrients that feed and support the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Having a healthy gut is incredibly important for a variety of reasons, including moods, immunity, removal of waste and cognitive function, to name just a few.
Ginger is a great addition to a juice and has been known to be a great source of help with digestive disturbances, as Web M.D reports “people have used ginger to treat gastrointestinal complaints since ancient times, and it has been used to give relief for nausea, vomiting and indigestion”
If you are eating a reasonable amount of processed foods, including processed meats, you may be putting your digestive system under more stress and pressure than it would like. Juicing can help to remove the waste from your digestive system and give you a much needed nutrient boost, as well as helping to lower any inflammation.
Vegetable juice can provide nutrients for your body without your gut and digestive system needing to do much at all. This gives your gut a bit of a rest and can be incredibly beneficial for helping to heal and repair.
Vegetable Juicing versus Fruit Juicing
While there are many benefits of juicing, there are some points to note.
It’s important to be aware that the vegetable juicing we are discussing here does not include fruit. You can include a little fruit if you wish, however it is primarily a vegetable juice.
We are also talking about adding juice as an extra to your weekly eating plan.
This is not about juice fasting and detox. (That’s another blog all on its own.) For anyone wanting to undertake a juice fast, it is imperative that you consult with your health professional and get qualified advice specifically relating to you, your health and your lifestyle.
One of the many reasons juice fasts must be monitored by a health professional is that juicing takes away the fibre in the fruit and vegetables, so any sugar in the ingredients can raise your blood sugar levels, causing them to be unstable.
This is especially important to note if you have diabetes or problems with your blood sugar levels remaining stable.
Pros and Cons of Juicing? Here are the cons…
Even though there are numerous and incredible benefits of juicing, there are also a few cons to consider.
As always be mindful of any foods or drinks you have with medications. Some foods and drinks will interfere with the absorption of your medications, so be sure to speak with your healthcare professional.
Juicing and smoothies are different. A juice made via a juicer removes the fibre from the other nutrients. A smoothie blends all of the ingredients together, so they all stay in the mixture, including the fibre.
Many fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains have a compound called oxalic acid, known as oxalate. Small amounts are not harmful, though oxalates can inhibit the absorption of other nutrients which is why it is sometimes known as an anti-nutrient.
Oxalates in oversupply are also known to cause kidney stones and kidney dysfunction.
An oversupply of greens can provide too many oxalates which can cause challenges with the kidneys, just as too much animal protein can place pressure on the digestive system and kidney function. If you are concerned about kidney function or oxalates, please speak to your health professional before juicing.
Another juicing tip is to change juice recipes often – I’ve got a great green juice recipe you can use to get started!
Just as you wouldn’t eat the same thing day in and day out, you wouldn’t drink the same juice all the time.
Changing recipes and having a variety of vegetables means you will be getting a large variety of nutrients contributing to your health. This also reduces any risk of overdoing it on particular fruit and veg.
We have discussed only a few of the many benefits of juicing, and while there are many more and a few cons to consider, juicing has been an enjoyable and effective way to increase health and well-being for many people over many years.
Investing in your health will always give you a great return and juicing is something I have seen and continue to see many people receive incredible benefits from.
You can purchase my favourite green juice recipe below, and keep an eye out in my online shop as more juice recipes will be arriving soon.
Green Juice Recipe
Learn how to make a great green juice that is not only good for you, it will provide your body with exceptional nutrients.
The recipe includes:
- An easy-to-follow recipe with step-by-step instructions.
- A picture guide of all the ingredients so it’s easy to find what you need.
- Tips on choosing the right appliance and how to make the most out of your green juice.
Ever wondered how some people seem to glow?
A healthy green juice recipe made primarily from vegetables just might be one of the reasons.
Our lifestyles are now so full of hustle and bustle, that even when you are eating a lot of high-quality food, other factors will be contributing to those nutrients being depleted from your body, leaving you feeling tired, unwell and lacking the vigour you deserve to enjoy.
Coffee, soft drink, alcohol, stress, poor quality sleep, sugar, inflammation and digestive issues all play a part in depleting your body of much-needed nutrients.
If you are missing lunches, grabbing food on the go, eating fast or processed foods and nudging the alcohol a little too much, then you know you will already be lacking important nutrients to keep you not only well, but firing on all cylinders.
So what is Green Juicing?
Green Vegetable juicing is NOT fruit juicing, though some recipes do include fruit.
Green juice is full of antioxidants which are amazingly beneficial for anti-aging, lowering inflammation, increasing energy production, and extra hydration helping your skin to have that healthy dewy glow.
It’s great for supporting and helping build your immune system and supporting gut health among many incredible benefits.
As always enjoy your green juice in moderation and enjoy different recipes (available in my shop) to ensure variety.
This delicious green juice recipe includes:
- An easy-to-follow green juice recipe that includes all the green juice ingredients you need and a couple of optional extras for taste.
- A picture guide of all the green juice ingredients so you can easily identify the products required.
- Tips on choosing the right appliance and how to make the most out of your green juice.
Common Questions about this Green Juice recipe
Is Juicing Expensive?
Inexpensive juicers can be found anywhere from Kmart and Target, Aldi (look out for some special buys) through to premium juicers like Kuvings and a host of online retailers. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, farmers markets are often a great way to source locally grown fruit and veg.
You’ll certainly get more bang for your buck than spending that equal amount on processed or sugary foods. I’ve not seen anyone lose when they invest in their health.
Any cost of being unwell, far outweighs the investment on proactively impacting your health.
Is cleaning the juicer hard work?
Once you have the routine of juicing, it’s like anything else. The pros outweigh the cons.
Cleaning the juicer immediately after juicing is the best way to make sure your juicer stays as healthy as you do.
Pulp can collect on the blades and parts of the machine and once dry will be much more difficult to remove. It only takes a few minutes to clean and dry your juicer. It is well worth the effort.
Should I juice every day?
If you are new to juicing, start slowly.
Making small consistent changes always creates bigger better results than large one in a while actions.
Adding a daily juice to your day will help to improve your health and wellbeing in a number of ways, as there are a number of benefits to juicing.
Just make sure you vary the recipe and enjoy a variety of different nutrients.
Can I drink juice on the go?
You can, but why not slow down and really enjoy it.
If you’ve seen any of my content, you would have seen me discuss slow eating. Being mindful, conscious and timely with your nourishment, whether that be your meals, snacks or juice, is an incredibly important part of ensuring you absorb those nutrients into your body.
Drink and enjoy your juice slowly. Sure, take it with you, making sure to keep it cool, but drink slowly instead of gulping it down. The rewards will be worth it.
Green juice does lack the fibre of the vegetables, so juicing any fruit or vegetables with natural sugars may raise your blood glucose levels. They won’t be raised like they are with processed foods, but it’s something to be aware of.
Green juices are also a rich source of oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient.
It can bind to minerals in food and can stop the absorption of some nutrients in your digestive tract. Oxalates can have negative health impacts if too many are consumed, so listen to your body, seek guidance from your health practitioner and add juices to your weekly intake, don’t replace food with them.
Remember, the biggest results are created by taking the smallest steps. One thing will never be the source of your success, it will always be a combination of choices that you make to suit you, your body, and your lifestyle.