Is Juicing Healthy?

Eight Amazing Vegetables Just Waiting to Be Juiced

vegetablesAs with anything, there are always debates about what’s right and what’s wrong.  Is juicing healthy or is it not?  Should I or shouldn’t I?  I think after checking out these 8 vegetables and their many benefits, you’ll realize you really can’t go wrong by integrating juicing into your daily lifestyle.

Once you’ve decided on what type of juicer you want, whether it’s a masticating or centrifugal one,  you’ll want to check out some juicing recipes and choose what types of produce you want to use.  If you’re wanting to lose some weight and are hoping juicing will help, don’t start out using a lot of fruit.  Most fruit has a higher calorie count than vegetables.

I’m sure you’ve heard and know that eating vegetables is good for you and you’re supposed to have several helpings of veggies every day.  But do you know WHY they’re good for you?

I thought I would just take a few good juicing vegetables and let you know some of their beneficial qualities.  It might make you even more excited about making this new lifestyle change.  I know for me, I don’t really like vegetables that much and have NEVER eaten the recommended amount of daily helpings.

But I can put all those vegetables in a couple of drinks a day and be done with it.  I’ve got my vitamins and minerals and all the health benefits without having to sit down and munch on a bunch of carrots or celery or whatever.  And it tastes good.

First of all, if at all possible, the best produce to use is organic.  It’s a little more expensive and sometimes more difficult to find, but you’ll know you’re putting chemical-free food into your body.

And one other thing to remember is that although the juice of these vegetables will be absorbed into your body quickly and have many benefits of its own, we still all need fiber along with the juice.  So be sure to take in other sources of fiber or add some of the pulp back into the juice for a little thicker drink.

Benefits of Carrot Juice

I’ll start out with carrots because that is sort of a main staple in vegetable juicing.  Carrots have a few more calories than other vegetables, but there are still only about 80 calories in a cup of carrot juice.  And that’s quite a few carrots.Carrots

Carrot Juice Contains:

Vit. C – helps our bodies make collagen, which is necessary to heal wounds, works as an antioxidant to protect us from the damage done by free radicals such as smog, smoke, and even UV rays from the sun and it also boosts our immune system to prevent us from catching colds and other ailments’
Vit. A – important for healthy vision, reproduction, and a healthy immune system.  It also helps our internal organs work properly.
Vit. E – like vit C, this vitamin works as an antioxidant also.  It widens our blood vessels to keep the blood flowing freely without clotting and helps fight off bacteria and viruses.
Vit. B1 and B2 – Important for many things including maintaining the body’s energy supply, healthy vision, preventing cataracts, healthy fetal development, healthy skin, hair, liver and brain function.  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b1-thiamine
potassium – an electrolyte mineral that helps maintain normal blood pressure, keeps our bones healthy and strong, controls muscle contractions and more

Benefits of Kale Juice

kaleKale is a leafy green vegetable, but not just any leafy green.  It’s really in the category of superfoods. Its cancer preventing components puts it at the top of the list of health food we should eat on a daily basis.

Compounds found in this leafy green are known to keep certain lesions from turning into cancer cells.  It is known to help prevent cancers including breast, prostate, oral, colon, kidney and esophageal cancer.

Kale:

contains high quantities of Vit. K, which besides helping keep our bones healthy and our blood able to clot when necessary, it may actually help those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help people suffering from autoimmune disorders, asthma or arthritis.
is high in iron, helping the liver to function properly, helping in the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, and promoting healthy cell growth
contains Vit. A for healthy vision
contains Vit. C for a healthy immune system
is high in calcium for healthy bones, preventing bone diseases and deterioration and promoting a healthy metabolism.
helps detox the body to keep the liver functioning well.

Benefits of Celery Juice

helps lower cholesterolcelery
– contains very small amount of calories, so helps in weight loss
fights cancer with at least 8 cancer preventing compounds
– acts as a natural laxative
– works as a diuretic to help rid us of excess water
– can help ease symptoms of arthritis, asthma, gout and bronchitis
– contains magnesium, essential oils and minerals to aid in relaxing and falling asleep
– when combined with carrots and ginger made into a juice, it acts as a natural remedy for allergies

Benefits of Beet Juice

beetsContains naturally occurring nitrates, which improve blood flow to the brain, heart and muscles by opening up the blood vessels so blood flows more easily, lowering blood pressure – can increase stamina and energy level because of the wider vessels and blood flow
Is a strong detoxing agent, so you might want to start out with a small amount until your body gets used to it

Avoid beets if you tend to get kidney stones, since they are high in oxalates and can cause kidney stones.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a root you can find at your local grocery store. Adding a little slice to your vegetable juice will spice it up a little and make it more enticing and even healthier.

Ginger root:

– is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agentginger root
aids in digestion, helping relieve gastrointestinal problems
prevents motion sickness and has been said to work even better than products such as Dramamine
helps relieve arthritis pain
boosts the immune system
kills ovarian cancer cells and may reduce the risk of colon cancer

And the nice thing about ginger is that you don’t need to put much in the juice to notice a difference in taste and get all the benefits.  Usually a small slice will be plenty.

Tomato Juice Benefits

tomatoesTomatoes have a lot of fiber in them that promotes healthy colon functioning and prevents constipation, so to allow some of the pulp to get into the juice before drinking it is beneficial. The components of the fiber may also break down the bad cholesterol and help lower overall cholesterol.

With most centrifugal juicers, you won’t have that option unless you just make tomato juice by itself and then add some of the pulp back into it.  But with the masticating juicers, usually there is a little pulp that gets into the juice, so in this case, you might just want to leave it without straining it out and drink that good fibrous pulp.

Tomato juice may:

reduce the risk of prostrate cancer
improve digestion
prevent diarrhea and infections, kidney and gall stones
– reduce your stress level
– reduce cardiovascular risk
– reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer
– help build strong bones
– make your hair and skin look and feel healthy
– help reduce internal blood clotting, such as can happen in people with type 2 diabetes

Tomatoes also have antioxidants that reduce inflammation and damage caused by free radicals.

Cucumber Juice Benefits

The cucumber is actually a fruit, but I’ve included it here anyway because I think most of us consider it a vegetable.

Cucumbers:

contain vit K which is good for building strong bones and keeping the kidneys healthycucumbers
contain copper which helps keep the immune system healthy, produces neurotransmitters to help brain cells communicate with each other, fights free radicals, strengthens the connective tissues, and helps the body make healthy red blood cells
help lower high blood pressure
hydrate us with their 96% water content
contain calcium, which helps to maintain the body’s hormonal balance, builds strong bones and teeth and helps our muscles contract

Spinach Juice Benefits

Spinach:

spinach– is a great source of chlorophyll, which helps reduce body odors,interrupts our body’s absorption process of toxic metals from the environment and may prevent or even treat some cancers, among other benefits
– is a good source of protein
contains many vitamins, minerals and amino acids
may help prevent cancer, eye disease and osteoporosis
– is great for the intestines, cleaning, repairing and keeping them in overall good health
– is an anti-inflammatory, so helps ease pain in arthritis sufferers

Plus, everyone knows if you eat spinach, you’ll have arm muscles like Popeye!Popeye the Sailor Man

Obviously, these are just a few of the many vegetables you can use in your juicing regime.  The main point is that they all have so many beneficial qualities that it’s well worth the cost of a juicer plus the daily ritual of making the juice to achieve our goal of feeling and being healthier.

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