Juicing diets have been the rage for a few years now. But what are the benefits of juicing and what makes this diet so popular?
Extracting juice from fruits and vegetables is the best way to get maximum nutritional value from natural food sources. It is however important to down that freshly pressed juice as soon as possible to get the greatest benefit. This is because vitamins and minerals contained in the juice begin to disappear almost immediately after being extracted which is why ordinary, store bought juices are not as beneficial as pressing the fruit and veg at home.
A juicing diet is ideal for those who struggle to consume fruits and vegetables in the required quantities on a daily basis. Freshly pressed juice is far easier to consume and the taste can be adjusted as necessary. For example, adding and extra apple or a few more grapes will make for a sweeter drink.
However, on this note, it is important to mention that juicing is not as healthy as consuming whole, raw fruits and vegetables. This is because the fiber is extracted during the pressing process. If is essential to add additional fiber to the diet to promote healthy digestion when juicing.
Although it is recommended to purchase a juicing machine, this is not a necessity meaning that anyone can get the benefits of juicing. Juice can simply be squeezed from fresh fruit or the items can be placed in a blender. Simply add water to the blended pulp to get the right drinkable consistency.
In fact, blending may be considered a better option than pressing as the pulp ensures that most of the fiber is retained. However, unlike using a juicing machine, fruit and veg will need to be peeled and cored before blending meaning that it will take slightly longer to produce the juice.
Replacing meals with a freshly pressed juice packed with vitamins and minerals is a great weight loss plan. Both inches and pounds are shed very quickly with this type of diet and there are no worries about whether the required nutritional value is being met.
However, there are two pitfalls that must be mentioned. Firstly, some fruits contain a lot of natural sugar and can negatively impact weight loss. Secondly, the juice will be processed and digested quickly which may result in hunger pangs shortly after consumption. Most people cannot deal with the hunger and might cheat or quit the diet.
Juicing cleanses the colon allowing for better gastrointestinal health. The fruits and vegetables contained in the juices also contain antioxidants which help eliminate free radicals in the body which has a number of benefits such as detoxifying the liver and cells and slowing the ageing process.
There are many juicing benefits but it is always recommended to consult with a medical practitioner or doctor before commencing with a juicing diet.