Feature Article: What is Juicing?


By Sheila Buck

Juicing is a good way to obtain the raw foods you need everyday. Both fruits and vegetables can be juiced, but fruit juice may increase the levels of insulin in your blood. Juicing is quick, and a good way to add more healing foods to  a  diet with minimal effort .

When we eat whole fruits and vegetables, our bodies do not always absorb a lot of their nutrients.  The nutrients from juices are easier for our bodies to absorb. Some of the health benefits of juicing are:

  • It is a quick and easy way to get enzymes into your body.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices give the body a lot of energy and increase metabolic rate.
  • It gives your immune system a boost.
  • Helps you recover quicker from some illnesses.
  • Helps ease the symptoms of depression.
  • Helps detoxify the body.
  • Helps the digestive system function better.

You do not need a lot of equipment for juicing. A juicer, although not necessary, makes the process easier. You may want  to add  supplements to your juices. Some good supplements to add are:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Fish oil
  • Flax seed oil

It can sometimes be difficult to consume all of the fruit and vegetables you need everyday. With Juicing you can fit more than one serving into every glass, making it easier to fit in all of those servings.

Although juicing has many advantages,  it also has some disadvantages. The following is a list of illnesses that can come from juicing:

  • Foodborne illnesses such as: E. coli and Salmonella
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight gain
  • Carotenemia

Juicing is an easy way to get the proper nutrients from fruits and vegetables. If you would like to try juicing contact your doctor first. The juicer should be cleaned after every use.

References:

Juice for Health

Best of Juicing: Health Benefits of Juicing

Best of Juicing: Why is Vegetable Juicing Good?

Livestrong.com: What are the Dangers of Juicing?

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

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