Juicing is one of the newest health crazes that almost everyone is into. While juicing can be a great way to get extra vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, there are some things you should be aware of before delving into this popular health trend.
Why is juicing so popular? Is it really the key to health and vitality? Should we be using juicing for weight loss? Could we be missing something?
Currently, the USDA recommends 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables daily. While this number is far below what many health experts say we should be eating, a large number of people fail to get even this standard’s minimum on a regular basis.
In comes JUICING!
The media hypes, “Just juice some fruits and veggies to get a powerful vitamin and nutrient packed, easy and quick to consume drink to compensate for your diet being low in these necessary foods!”
But sadly, it doesn’t work quite as good as we would have hoped.
Is juicing bad. No.
Is it the health cure-all to give us all the things we are missing? No.
Many people think that juicing can offset an otherwise poor diet to keep you healthy. This is a misconception. While juicing in itself is not bad, and does give you many benefits from the fruit and vegetable juice you are consuming, it does not override the other bad things you are putting in your body.
Here are the missing links when it comes to juicing:
Missing Link #1 – Just because you drink juice, doesn’t mean you aren’t still hurting your body with other harmful “foods” like meat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods. The body cannot achieve optimum health if it is also regularly bombarded with substances that cause ill health. The wonderful juice you consume cannot compensate for a poor diet. Plain and simple, you have to remove the bad to benefit from the good.
Missing Link #2 – Fiber! While you do get many good things from juicing like water, vitamins, minerals, and other health promoting nutrients, you aren’t getting any of the fiber that those natural foods provide for optimum digestion and health. Fiber is essential for a healthy organism. Only whole forms of food provide the necessary fiber you need. NOTE: Only plant foods have fiber. Animal foods like Meat, Dairy, Eggs, and Fish contain no fiber and are unhealthy.
Missing Link #3 – Calories. A healthy female should be taking in a minimum of 2,000 calories a day and a healthy male, at least 2,500 calories. Minimum. Most of our caloric intake should be coming from carbohydrates as this is the most essential macro-nutrient our body needs to ensure every single cell has the energy it needs to carry out its many functions. When people juice, many times it is used as a way to lower caloric intake, while still getting the necessary vitamins and minerals. This is NOT health. Energy intake is important for optimum health, and it takes a whole lot of juice (more than most people are willing to drink, and more than our pocketbooks can handle) to get us enough calories.
NOTE: Diets that restrict calories to far under 2,000 calories per day are starvation diets. This is NOT a healthy way to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Contrary to popular belief, the common notion “calories in, calories out” is not accurate. Your body must obtain enough calories per day to maintain health and energy (even when sedentary), and it does matter what KIND of calories you are eating. A calorie is not a calorie. High carbohydrate, plant foods are designed not only to give you the nutrients your body needs, but also the water, fiber, calories, and more to create and sustain health. They are designed so we can eat them in abundance (fill our bellies) and naturally keep our bodies fit and trim without even trying. Remember: restricting calories is not part of a healthy lifestyle.
So, as a supplement to our diet, juicing can be great. But beware if you think that you can bypass a bad diet with a little homemade juice. If you want great health, you need to give your body great things, at every meal, every day.
If you have digestive problems, juicing can be a great way to give your system a chance to rest and heal included as part of a healthy, fiber-rich diet.
Juicing can be a great supplement to your diet, but do not rely on juicing to lose weight or to fix poor food choices.
If you are juicing, make sure you are getting enough calories (at least 2,500 per day for men, and at least 2,000 per day for women), and enough fiber ( at least 38 grams per day for men, and at least 25 grams per day for women).
Juicing can be a great way to get into eating more fruits and vegetables, and is great for transitioning. However, it is always best to eat foods in their whole form when possible. The body uses whole foods much better and easier than refined ones. Try smoothies if you have a hard time eating enough whole fruits and veggies.
TIP: Blend smoothies for the least amount of time possible to reduce oxidation of your food, and to maintain nutrient content.
I use a Vitamix Blender to prepare my smoothies. I find it’s the best to make smooth, delicious smoothies every time. I love it!
Let us know what foods you like to juice! How has juicing helped you? What tips can you give us that you’ve learned from juicing? Comment Below!
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