Most adults and children don’t get enough fruits or vegetables on a daily basis. It is recommended by various nutrition experts that 6 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables be consumed everyday. Unfortunately, this is quite difficult if not impossible for most people. As a result, juicing can actually help to achieve this goal quite easily.
Juicing as the name suggests, is basically taking a variety of fruits and vegetables and extracting the juice through a juicer. This juice can then be easily ingested due to its liquid format. We will take a closer look at the juicing diet as well as the benefits of juicing.
First of all, the juicing diet is a fantastic diet to lose weight as well as completely detox the body. It has gained popularity due to the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” which shows a man who lost over 100 pounds by going on a juice diet for 2 months. It should be noted that doing this is dangerous and a juice based diet should only be followed for 3 – 7 days. A 3 day juice cleanse is enough to completely detox and reboot the body. During this time, it is important to drink all natural juices every 2 to 2.5 hours as well as lots of water.
The benefits of juicing include much more than just weight loss and detoxification. It also improves nutrient absorption in the body as well as feeds the good bacteria in the gut. This occurs because through juicing, all the vitamins and minerals have been pre-extracted by the juicer which means that it doesn’t have to be broken down by the body. Other benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels, improving athletic performance, improving skin etc.
Now that the benefits of juicing have been discussed, a few specific juice recipes will be covered. The first being, the green detox juice. When juicing, it is essential to drink a lot of green juices as oppose to drinking mainly fruit juices. One of the best green juice recipes include apples, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, ginger and some optional mint. These are then juiced and mixed together to provide the ultimate green detox that will flush toxins out from the body.
If there are kids in the family, then the previous juice recipe may not be a welcomed choice. Kids can be introduced to juicing by starting with a few simple and tasty recipes. One favorite kid friendly green juice includes apple, oranges, lemon, spinach and kale. Another popular choice for people who suffer from allergies includes a juice made from a mixture of cucumber, pineapple, lemon, grapes, parsley, apple and mint.
When it comes to improving your diet and overall health, juicing is definitely a great solution. Drastic weight loss can also be achieved through juicing, however, once the juice fast is over, a healthy and well balanced diet needs to be consumed to retain the benefits.