Thursday, August 28, 2014

Eight surprising benefits of juicing

I've written here about juicing before, but I wanted to go further in depth about why we love juicing so much. 

Jim and I first learned about juicing last March when we watched Joe Cross’ movie, Fat ,Sick and Nearly Dead. The next day, we cleaned out the pantry, stocked up on organic fruits and vegetables and began our first five day "reboot".

We were so impressed with the results, we made a decision to do a "reboot" every three months or so to maintain a healthy digestive system and keep our bodies free from toxins.  If you’re considering juicing as a means to improve your overall health and reboot your body, consider these benefits:

1.       It cleans the yuck out of your body.

Nobody wants to have toxins running amok inside her body. They slow you down, create nasty blockages in your arteries and intestines and can cause long term problems in your body.

2.       It gives you a crazy amount of energy.

I’m not going to lie to you. The first three days of the reboot were challenging. Really challenging. Our bodies were hard at work flushing out toxins. We were tired, cranky, and excusing ourselves to the restroom far more often than normal. But waking up on day four, we felt rejuvenated, ready to face the world! It was more energy than I’d felt in months, maybe even years.

3.       It makes you lose weight.

If I said the weight loss wasn’t a perk, I’d be lying. It’s a great feeling to step on the scale and see the pounds fall away. Just don’t get too excited. If you’re not diligent about changing your eating habits when you’re done "rebooting", they’ll come right back.

4.       It gets rid of nasty cravings.

I’ve always been a dessert girl. After dinner comes dessert. That’s just the way it’s supposed to be. But after our five days on juice, I didn’t crave sugar anymore. I still rarely even want it. Sure, I’ll still indulge here and there when we’re at a wedding or a birthday party, but I don’t scour the kitchen every night searching for a bit of something sweet to finish off my meal.

5.       It packs your body with vitamins and nutrients.

It’s no surprise that your body functions best when it’s properly fueled. A green juice takes the nutrients of everything you put into it and leaves all the fiber, which slows down digestion, so your body gets a quick punch of the stuff it loves best.

6.       It awakens your senses and connects your brain with your body.

Juicing taught me how to hear my body, what it needs, what it doesn’t like, what it flat out won’t tolerate inside of it anymore. Without all those toxins from refined sugars, white carbs and animal products clogging the airwaves, I can hear what my body tells me and then provide for it accordingly.

7.       It makes your skin glow.

I’ve had issues with acne since I was a teenager. As I’ve grown, it’s gotten better, but on the juice cleanse, I noticed that it had a different type of glow to it, a healthy and nourished glow that I’d never seen before. People actually commented on how nice my skin looked.

8.       It inspires people around you to make changes to improve their health. 

I’m not saying every person you encounter is going to instantly begin juicing along with you, but since we started our first "reboot", we’ve inspired friends, family, neighbors, coworkers to take steps to improve their health. They see the transformation we’ve gone through and more than a few of them have bought juicers and sworn off diet sodas.  

A juice cleanse is an amazing way to jump start a new lifestyle, one that’s filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains and the kinds of foods that make your body run as efficiently as possible.

Cool layering in our old juicer. Carrots, purple cabbage and oranges in this one.

A delicious summer juice recipe:

2 cucumbers
1 bunch of kale
2 sticks of celery
½ pineapple
1 orange

Peel orange and cut everything into pieces that will fit in your juicer. Juice all items, pour over ice and enjoy with a little paper umbrella.

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