Is juicing the fountain of youth hiding in plain sight?!? We continue the top 10 reasons you, not should, but want to be consuming green juice every day. Jonathan and TeriAnn also tell us what we should look for in a green superfood as a replacement for the days you just can’t get the juicer running. What are the differences between juices and smoothies? We weigh in on the topic this week. You really want to listen to this episode and hear the #1 reason to drink your green juice. It will surprise you, guaranteed!
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What is Juicing?
process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables generally, the preferred method of consuming large amounts of produce quickly often practiced for dietary reasons or as a form of alternative medicine
Top 5 Countdown on Juicing
5. Less Digestive Work
When you drink juice, you save your body energy; it doesn't have to do as much digesting. It also helps maintain your supply of digestive enzymes... you do not use as many.
4. Healthy Sugar
Juices contain simple sugars that we need for energy; however, because they are combined with other healthful nutrients, they are not harmful, as are refined sugars.
3. The Complete Package
When you juice, you get the whole package...all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. this means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added sugars, like those found in juices on supermarket shelves.
2. Juicing Prevents Disease
Many studies point out that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2001.00513.x Some of the most exciting research in the last decade has been the discovery of a group of nutrients, which have protective effects against cell oxidation. These naturally occurring compounds impart bright colour to fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants in the body by scavenging harmful free radicals, which are implicated in most degenerative diseases. Epidemiological studies have established a positive correlation between the intake of fruits and vegetables and prevention of diseases like atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and also ageing. So pronounced has been their effect on ageing that they have been called ‘fountains of youth’. Fruits and vegetables have thus had conferred on them the status of ‘functional foods’, capable of promoting good health and preventing or alleviating diseases. Phenolic flavonoids, lycopene, carotenoids and glucosinolates are among the most thoroughly studied antioxidants.
Fruit and vegetable juices provide a convenient source of enzymes. They spark the essential chemical reactions we need to live. They are necessary for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissue.
Tips for Juicing
Get a good juicer that is easy to clean Make juice for a couple days at a time Only use organic fruits and vegetables
What is a Green Superfood Powder and Why Do I Want One?
A green superfood powder contain many servings of vegetables and superfoods in a scoop of water-soluble powder. In addition to veggies and superfoods, the powder may also contain other health-supporting ingredients like probiotics and immune-supporting herbs.
Depleted soil with less minerals and good bacteria Reduced food diversity and wild varieties Reduced nutrient density in vegetables Modern lifestyle depletes vitamins and minerals
What to Look For in a Green Superfood
USDA Certified Organic Must have at least 50 ingredients A green drink with at least 50 ingredients will do a better job of filling those “nutritional gaps” than a green drink that has only 20 ingredients. Use advanced processing techniques: Pulp Powder vs Juice Powder Whereas “pulp powders”