3 Reasons Why You Should Juice – 26November2012

Mind Body Green

By Jen Broyles
Juice bars are popping up on every corner, giving us healthy alternatives to our lattes, frappucinos, and mochas. You may be wondering: why is juicing so great?
Juicing is so beneficial to your health and wellbeing, as I’ll explain below.
Regardless of whether you get your green juice at a local juice bar or make it yourself, I encourage you to incorporate green juices into your routine. They taste great, and you will feel wonderful!
Here are some other great benefits of juicing:
1. It’s a good way to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies. 
The majority of us definitely do not get our recommended 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Through juicing, you can easily get your daily intake of fruits and veggies without feeling super full.
Juicing extracts the insoluble fiber from the produce leaving just the amazing nutrients for your body to absorb! Plus, juicing is a great way to incorporate a wide variety of fruits and veggies into your diet rather than sticking to the same boring salad everyday.
2. You’ll absorb nutrient better with less digestion. 
Many of us have compromised digestion due to the poor food choices we’ve made over the years. This limits our ability to absorb all of the nutrients from the vegetables we eat.
Juicing is a great way to get a bunch of nutrients delivered straight to your cells, super-fast, while giving your digestive system a break. Since the vegetables have been “pre-digested” through juicing, your body can absorb virtually all of the nutrients. Important micronutrients, such as digestive enzymes and certain phytonutrients, which are typically difficult to absorb, become accessible.
3. It strengthens your immune system. 
Juicing provides a powerful boost to your immune system. Fresh green juice gives your body a mega dose of nutrients, meaning your immune system is instantly strengthened. Through juicing, you will have more energy, fight off colds and flu faster, and you’ll notice that your skin will have a fabulous, healthy glow.
Try this recipe for a delicious, green juice:
Glowing Green Juice
(When possible, opt for organic produce)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 1 apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
Add spinach and kale to juicer and follow it with cucumber, celery and apple. Add the lemon and ginger. Enjoy this fabulous, revitalizing refreshment!
Note: Drink immediately. If needed, store in a glass container with an air-tight lid for up to 24 hours.
I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite juice recipe?
Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Published November 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

About Jen Broyles

Jen’s passion for nutrition is personal. After spending years dealing with digestive complications, headaches, and other ailments with no improvement from medications, she started reading and researching to find answers. She soon learned that food intolerances were at the root of her problems. Understanding the powerful role that food has on optimal health, Jen is eager to share her knowledge with others. She enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Health Coach and create a life full of health, passion and purpose. She now coaches clients on nutrition and overall wellbeing, and she shares recipes, health tips, and advice on her website.

Jen enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

She is the creator of the Pure Health By Jen Nutrition Program. Visit her online at www.jenbroyles.com

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