Is Juicing Right For Me?

What is juicing? Juicing is just like it sounds. It’s the process of removing the juice from fruits and vegetables and using it, whether in combination with other juices or by itself. The juice contains all the vitamins and minerals, plus the antioxidants of the original fruit or vegetable in larger amounts, since there’s no fiber to fill you up as quickly. There are two primary reasons for juicing, detoxing and cleansing the body and increasing the nutrients you consume.

Juicing isn’t meant to replace a healthy diet, but used in conjunction with one.

While juicing provides you with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, you don’t get the fiber you need to be your healthiest. Fiber is important for more than just making it easier to go to the bathroom. Some types of fiber feed the healthy bacteria in your gut that does everything from aiding in digestion to affecting your moods. It’s called a prebiotic and you need it. If you juice, the fiber is removed. It’s also tough to get adequate protein if you juice, so it’s often best used with a healthy diet, rather than substituting for a healthy diet.

Let’s talk about some negatives.

When you juice, you need a juicer. A good juicer costs quite a bit, although you can get some lower quality for about $60 with the high end about $500. The more expensive juicers actually grind the core seeds and rind, so you do get nutrients you wouldn’t get if you simply ate the fruit and vegetable whole. Most people don’t realize how many calories they’re drinking when they do nothing but juicing for weight control. That missing fiber in the juice is what fills you up, but doesn’t contain many, if any calories.

Juicing isn’t meant for a whole meal, but consider switching it to a smoothie.

If you want extra protein and fiber, why juice? Why not make smoothies instead. A smoothie can be made in a blender by simply adding whole fruits and vegetables and grinding them. You can add nuts to the smoothing, sprouts, protein powder or other special addition to boost your health. Not only are you more prone to get a well rounded nutritional blend when you make a smoothie, the equipment is cheaper and you can use the leftover veggies and fruit before they turn.

  • Even though people may juice as a cleanse, there’s no evidence it works. In fact, for people taking some types of medications or those who have kidney problems, it could be harmful. Check with your healthcare professionals first.
  • If you’re juicing with strictly fruit juice or have a lot in your drink, it has high amounts of sugar. While the sugar in fruit enters your blood stream slowly by the fiber when you eat the whole fruit, without it, you get a sugar spike.
  • You have to be careful to select organic fruits and vegetables and wash them thoroughly when you juice. If you don’t, you get the toxins and pesticides contained in the fruit or vegetable.
  • When you drink juices made with leafy vegetables, you have a potential to consume a lot of oxalate. Oxalate is a natural acid that makes minerals bind together and may cause kidney stones and other problems.

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