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Health Benefits of Juicing

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Disease Prevention

There is no proof that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will prevent any particular disease. Nor is there proof that a diet full of juicing will prevent or cure diseases. That said, it is widely agreed that consuming lots of fruits and vegetables is good for you.

There are so many variables to causes of disease in each person (age, exercise, heredity, exposure to toxins from smoking or air pollution, lifestyle choices) that any “experts” making specific medical claims should be treated with suspicion as to their motives.

Even the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which promotes eating fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet, is careful to avoid making specific claims or promises. On their site www.choosemyplate.gov, they use the words “may” (may protect, may reduce the risk, may be useful, may lower blood pressure) and “some” (some chronic disease, some vegetables and fruits) as they discuss the importance of fruits and vegetables in our diets.

Some of the conditions that “may” be prevented include:

  • heart disease (heart attack and stroke)

  • type 2 diabetes

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney stones

  • obesity

Reduce Inflammation

 

Fever, swelling, redness, pain. These are types of acute inflammation that the body uses to respond to physical stress (like infection or injury). It is how the body protects and heals itself, so it can return to a normal healthy state.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation—also known as systemic or low-grade inflammation—is not normal and can be very destructive. In simple terms, it is the immune system’s way of attacking problems that may not exist.

Chronic inflammation is not totally understood by the medical and scientific community. But early indications are that inflammation may play a role in the development of cancer.

While little evidence suggests that diet can influence or reverse inflammation, many people believe that a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables can prevent inflammation.

Brightly colored foods in particular are thought to help reduce and fight inflammation, as are certain types of fish, nuts, and olives. Such foods are rich in anti-oxidants.

Popular anti-inflammatory foods that are great for juicing include:

  • berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

  • cantaloupe

  • cherries

  • plums

  • watermelon

  • pineapple

  • kale

  • spinach

  • broccoli

  • squash (all kinds)

  • bell peppers

  • sweet potato

  • ginger

Improved Digestion

If you have been eating a typical North American diet, you probably have times when you feel bloated or full. You may even not feel like eating in the morning. There are juice combinations that can help relieve your discomfort. Fennel, mint and ginger can be juiced with green apple and cucumber for a satisfying drink that won’t tax your system.

Other Health Benefits

Various studies claim that juicing helps detoxify the body by giving the stomach a rest. It allows the release of toxins that have built up through bad eating habits as well as environmental factors. “Juicerians” often claim better sleep and better skin as a result of juicing. Claims have been made that juicing cures everything from thyroid problems to intimacy issues.

The bottom line is, even if juicing is not the miracle cure-all for what ails you, it is worth trying. Certainly by taking in more—and different—fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens than you would normally eat, your body will benefit from the goodness.


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