The Benefits of Juicing (and eating raw).

After recently watching the documentary Food Matters (avilable to view on instant netflix!), I started to think a bit more about incorporating more raw foods in my diet. It has been said that if  51% of your diet is raw, you are consuming the optimal amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

You may be thinking, why do the fruits and vegetables I consume have to be raw? It’s pretty simple actually, our digestive systems are able to absorb every nutrient out of the produce much easier if it’s raw. When you cook vegetables, fruits, and nuts, the heat removes important digestive enzymes, bacteria, and antioxidants. Digestive enzymes are vital to easing digestion, breaking down fats, and maintaing a healthy pancreas. Bacteria is vital to helping your body breakdown foods, and keeping our immune systems strong. Antioxidants, especially in raw form, have the ability of not only keeping us from getting the common flu, but also build up as a defense to more serious illnesses.51% of our diets may seem like a substantial percentage, it’s actually not very difficult to get close to that. Daily juicing, eating a big salad, and filling in snacks with things like raw nuts (NOT ROASTED!), apples, pepper slices etc., can help you get pretty close to that 51% daily raw intake.

So, I decided to go for it and try juicing. Investing in a regular grade juicer is not too expensive ($150ish on Amazon), and what you get out of it is well worth it. After all, we SHOULD be investing in our health! I’ve been juicing a few times a week for the last 6 weeks or so, and love it! Some benefits I have noticed immediately are the energy boosts, regulating of the digestive system, and overall feeling strong to face common illnesses that go around this time of year. But bewared, just because you’re juicing does not mean you don’t have to get other fruit and vegetable intake. You also need to make sure you’re consuming the fiber from the produce. (Most juicers come with recipes to utilize the fibrous pulp in pies, meatloaf, breads, you name it). The regular juice in my house generally is carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, peach, lime, and berries. (I’m looking to start incorporating some more veggies soon). Juicing is a great way to get your vitamins and minerals in a way that you’re body can absorb more efficiently. Juicing diets are often used for cancer patients to boost immunity and cellular strength. To learn more about juicing diets I urge you to look into Gerson books and articles. In the meantime, Happy Gnashing!

Normal Juicing line-up

The Juicer ready to go.

Final Delicious Nutritious Drink!

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One Comment to “The Benefits of Juicing (and eating raw).”

  1. This recipe looks really good! Thank you for sharing it! 🙂

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