Juicing is perhaps the single most effective way to ingest a large amount of raw, fresh nutrients at once. The beauty of juicing lies in the pureness of raw, organic juice. There’s no need to worry about reading complicated ingredient lists when you’re creating your own juice from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
Contrary to popular assumption, juicing doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. Farmers markets are a wonderful resource for local, fresh, organic heaps of fruits and vegetables. They are often priced to sell, which benefits your wallet. A useful resource to learn about and discover local farmers markets in your area is LocalHarvest.org.
Overall Health Benefits
The foundation of health is comprised of nutrition, making it pertinent for you to be conscious of what you’re eating and drinking. Consuming raw, organic juice on a regular basis offers you an expansive range of all-encompassing health benefits that will keep your foundation strong. Many would deem raw, organic plants the pinnacle of healthy eating. In other words, it doesn’t get much better than high quality, fresh and raw vegetables and fruit.
Many common and chronic diseases and illnesses are entirely preventable. In addition, most of these ailments are a result of toxicity and/or inflammation inside the body. Luckily, you have the power to alter your diet in order to prevent falling victim to these illnesses. Juicing is a very effective means by which you can accomplish this.
A nutrient deficiency inside the body can leave your immune system ill-equipped to handle foreign substances that come in contact with your body. Juicing and drinking a range of fruits and vegetables will insure that you’re receiving all of the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system prepared to battle.
A diet that is high in refined and processed foods is very taxing on the immune system; this is because much of your immune function is directly tied to your digestive system and gut. Thus, eating these packaged and processed foods causes your digestive system to tailspin, as it is overworked by these substances that your body wasn’t meant to ingest.
Integrating more organic foods into your diet will help balance your body’s internal pH. A healthy body’s ideal pH is more alkaline than it is acidic. A body with an acidic pH welcomes inflammation, disease and makes it easier for cancer cells to grow. Luckily, you can prevent these scary realities by simple incorporating lots of fresh, raw juice into your daily routine.
The vast majority of plants are very alkaline on the pH scale, making them ideal to help you thrive. Some key fruits and vegetables are that especially helpful for recovery and combatting inflammation are pineapple, beets, strawberries and broccoli.
The internal build up that occurs from eating a lot of processed foods forms a toxic overload that your body has to actively try to rid itself of (detoxification). This is a tall order to ask of your liver and kidneys every day. You can make it easier on these vital organs by lessening the load.
Eating less processed foods and more fresh, raw juice will act as a catalyst to your body naturally detoxifying itself. You’ll feel lighter, more energetic and are likely to healthily shed some weight in the process.
Diet is a large contributor to the health of your integumentary system—which is comprised of your skin, hair and nails.
Your skin is a reflection is what’s going on inside of your body. If you experience acne or eczema, for example, take it as a sign that something inside is off balance. The root of this imbalance can be tied to several things, the two most common being hormonal imbalances and digestive issues (malabsorption of nutrients).
Whatever the exact imbalance is, the food you eat can serve as the medicine that helps your body and skin recalibrate. Nutrient rich juices will help deliver your body vital vitamins and minerals that will encourage healthy processes like detoxification, elimination, reduction of inflammation and soothed digestion—all of which are tied to your complexion.
As you incorporate juice into your daily food intake, you’ll notice your skin glow and blemishes heal. Some may experience an initial breakout period as a result of the body detoxifying and ridding itself of toxic build up through your pores.
Hair Growth & Stronger Nails
Two more benefits of a diet rich in fresh, organic, raw juice are increased hair growth and firmer, more resilient nails. Realize that these things will not happen overnight and the results will not be dramatic right away.
However, you’ll experience your entire integumentary system gets revitalized over time. This will happen because your body is receiving liquid meals chock full of healing nutrients. These are the building blocks that your body uses to stay beaming and healthy.
There is a multitude of recipes and juicing literature out there that can help you concoct some delicious, healthy juices. I also encourage you to (at least occasionally) ditch the recipes and wing it. Use what’s at the farmers market, what’s in season and mix it up. This juicing habit will be a beautiful thing for yourself and your family. Juicing also allows you to disguise vegetables that you and your children wouldn’t normally eat, as a sweet zip of fruit can easily mask the taste.
The possibilities of juicing are endless—and you’re guaranteed one thing in the process: a healthier you!
Written By Jesica Slayer for Gabrielle Brick