A Drink to Your Health!

August 04, 2011

The days when juice was something orange you drank with your breakfast are over!  If you're looking for a tasty, economical and easy way to take your nutritional regimen to the next level, juicing is the way to go! The benefits of juicing can't be overstated.  Health and fitness trailblazer, Jack Lalanne - known as the 'Father of the Fitness Movement' - was a dedicated, avid juicer!  The benefits gained for a minimal amount of effort are impressive.
  • Juice is easily digested, allowing the nutritional benefits to be absorbed quickly.
  • Juicing allows you to pack the vitamins, minerals and plant-based nutrients from several pieces of fruit or vegetables into a single glass!  What a great way to start the day!
  • Juicing offers an easy method to detox your liver. One of the  main functions of the liver is to clean the blood and remove toxins and metabolic waste.  Beta-carotene, vitamin B2, B3, C, and E are great liver cleansers, so add some cabbage, brussel sprouts or cauliflower to your carrot juice to boost liver health!
  • Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals to artery walls. They prevent blood from sticking, clotting or becoming toxic and help lower triglyceride levels. Vitamin C can be found in most vegetables and fruits. Add Vitamin E with blackberries, kiwi, asparagus or spinach.
  • Potassium and magnesium are essential for proper heart and muscle function. Blackberries are a good source for both these minerals, while blueberries are very high in potassium.
  • Worried about arthritis?  Throw some strawberries into that juicer!
Juicing can not only keep you healthier, it helps accelerate recovery from illness! Regular juicing offers a wide variety of antioxidants which are essential for a healthy immune system. Fruits and vegetables are the source for phytochemicals and their numerous health benefits, including anti-cancer properties.They are also a terrific source of enzymes that convert food into body tissue and energy, and can increase metabolic rate. Continuing new research on superfruits make this trend even more attractive! One of the most common concerns about juicing is the lack of fiber caused by the process. So if you decide to do some serious juicing, you might want to have a fruit smoothie in the morning to ensure you are getting that important daily dose of fiber!

The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow. -- Jack Lalanne



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