Be Better challenge: Juicing
by Nicole Carnese
I'm not talking about drinking store-bought fruit juices or even pre-bottled Odwalla juices. Commercial juices have been pasteurized and processed, causing the nutrients to oxidize. I’m talking about freshly juiced whole vegetable and fruit juices. There are many benefits to incorporating fresh vegetable and fruit juices into your day. It is a fast and efficient way to incorporate and absorb immune-boosting nutrients from vegetables and fruits. Whenever you eat whole vegetables and fruits, rather than juice them, your body uses a lot of the nutrients in the digestive process. It simply cannot break down all the fiber to get all the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Plus, one simply cannot consume the same amount of vegetables and fruits in one sitting as you can when you juice them, due to the fiber. You would simply be too full. Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from fruits and vegetables so that the all the nutrients, phytonutrients and enzymes can be instantly and easily absorbed at a cellular level. A juicer is essentially a powerful motor with teeth, breaking cell walls and releasing all the nutrients into a solution that your body sucks up like a sponge.
This week the Be Better challenge is to try to incorporate at least one 16-ounce cup of juice into your diet. If you do not have a juicer, try to go to a health food store where they will make the juice in front of you. Drink it within minutes of being juiced.
When incorporating juicing into their life, many people are looking to detox, reset their metabolism, gain more energy, or boost their health at a cellular level. They often do this through a juice fast. If you are interested in a juice fast, Reboot with Joe offers different fasts you can do. They range from three to 10 days. It is important to consult with a physician before beginning a fast, especially if it is more than three days.
Juice fasting has many benefits, such as allowing your intestines and bowels to heal by giving them a break from digesting. It also rests your metabolism to help you lose weight, resets your taste buds so that you can incorporate and enjoy eating more vegetables and fruits, flushes out toxins, and nourishes and heals your body at a cellular level because of all of the readily available nutrients your cells absorb. If you are not ready to jump into a juice fast, that is OK. There are still many benefits to incorporating fresh vegetable and fruit juices into your diet. Most people do not get the vitamins, nutrients and minerals they need to fight off all the toxins and diseases that attack our bodies on a daily basis. You are what you eat, and if you give your body the nutrients it needs to heal and repair at a cellular level, you will feel much better, and your body will be able to fight sicknesses and disease much more readily. If you do not have a juicer, there are many juice bars, such as Mother’s Market, where you can go and order freshly juiced juices.
It is important that they are fresh; you should drink your juice quickly within the first few minutes, as the nutrients begin to oxidize immediately. Many companies sell bottled juices as part of a pre-planned juice fast, but these will not give your body the nutrients it needs. In one cup of juice I usually have a bunch of kale or spinach, a couple of celery stalks, three carrots, a beet or some cabbage, a couple of apples, lemon and ginger. You cannot eat that in one sitting, and if you did manage, many of the nutrients would be unavailable because your body cannot break down the fiber. But when you juice these vegetables, you extract the nutrients and they go instantly to your cells to heal and repair them.
Here are a few juice recipes from JuiceRecipes.com to help get you started as a way to supplement your diet and help with various ailments. Go Be Better this week by trying to incorporate at least one 16-ounce cup of juice into your diet. I usually like to start my morning off with a cup of juice, or as a snack before or after lunch. It is important to drink a cup of water before and after, and to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially if you are going to do a juice fast. That’s because your body will dump the toxins into your bowels, and you want to flush those toxins out so that you do not feel sick. Some people even give themselves enemas or drink an herbal laxative tea to help their body flush the toxins even more quickly. Go ahead and try it. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet can never be a bad thing; you will feel better!
For those of you ready for a more advanced challenge try a 3 day juice fast but make sure you educate yourself before you start. We want to make sure you are being healthy and smart.
I have done an eight-day juice fast twice, as part of a 21-day diet from Doctor Yourself.com, and I have never felt better or had more energy. The first three days are the hardest, as that is when your body detoxes and goes through sugar and carb withdrawals. Once you push past to the fourth day, though, you feel more amazing than ever. Your body will not feel hungry because it is getting the nutrients it needs to run effectively and properly. Get your roommates, friends, spouse, siblings, parents, or children to do it with you; it is always easier when you have someone else to motivate and encourage you, and hold you accountable. More information on juicing
Watch Food Matters and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead to get a better understanding of the many health benefits of juicing! Both are on Netflix.
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