It only took house arrest to get back into my obsession with juicing. I can’t decide if I like it more because of the health benefits or because it allows me to do something with the produce that was forgotten in the back of my fridge for a little too long. Whatever the reason, I’m all about it lately and finally found a juicer that is somewhat easy to clean.
If you’re like me, you probably struggle to get in all 6-ish servings of fruits and veggies a day. I’ve found that juicing helps me get in some of these servings that I’m missing. If you don’t struggle with that, please teach me your ways.
Benefits of Juicing
- More nutrient absorption because the gut doesn’t need to digest all of the fiber from the skins and pulp. Since you’re drinking it rather than eating it, you’re able to consume more vegetables, which in turn adds in more nutrients. A good ratio to follow when making your juice is 80% vegetables and 20% fruit. I like to add in apples and lemons to mask some of the ‘green’. Fiber from whole fruits and vegetables is still important to get but this is a great way to help get in more nutrients for those that struggle.
- Feeds good bacteria to the gut. Did you know around 70% of the immune system is in the digestive tract? Also, around 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut so a healthy digestive tract is closely linked to mood and focus. Vegetables are one of the best sources of prebiotics, which help increase good gut bacteria. Hippocrates said “all diseases begin in the gut” and he probably wasn’t too far off.
- Can help lower high cholesterol levels. Certain vegetables have been said to help lower cholesterol including dark greens, cucumbers, ginger, melon, and lemon. Along with other lifestyle changes such as improved diet and exercise, juicing can play an important role in healthy cholesterol levels.
- Detoxifying. This is probably one of the biggest reasons people get into juicing is because of the detoxifying effects it can have on the body. Detoxing helps rid the body of toxins that accumulate in the body over time due to poor diet choices, lack of exercise, and chemicals from harmful ingredients in the products we are using every day.
- Improved skin. I don’t know about you but my skin takes a beating when I don’t fuel my body with the proper nutrients and am short on sleep. Juicing can help improve our skin by allowing our bodies to absorb more nutrients that our skin needs. It can also help suppress our appetite so we aren’t indulging in junk food as often.
- Improved energy and performance. Adding beets to your juice can help improve oxygen and blood circulation inside the muscles which can improve muscle endurance.
There’s debate whether juice cleanses are healthy or not. In my mind, it’s important to fuel your body with the proper nutrients, whatever this looks like for you. Do your research and be safe with whatever it is you want to do. I’ve tried an actual strict juice cleanse before and didn’t even make it one day. My body couldn’t hang and that’s all good. Props to those who can stick it out through an entire cleanse.
I haven’t been following any specific recipes but there are a TON out there if you search for them. I’ve found that adding lemons and apples to pretty much any veggie combo takes the edge off and makes it taste delicious. Celery has also been a staple in my juices lately because of all the amazing health benefits of celery juice. Don’t forget to wash your produce before you juice it. Who knows where it’s been before you picked it off of that store shelf. I clean all my produce in the the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak. It smells amazing and only contains plant-based ingredients. Using plants to clean plants, take that!
I would love to hear some of your favorite juice recipes. I’m a beginner and love learning what has and hasn’t worked for other people!