The Powerful Health and Fat Loss Benefits of Juicing
Whatever your health and fitness goal might be, from six pack abs to big arms, to toned thighs, or just having more energy to get through the day, if you want to reach those goals, you must make changes to the way you eat!
The Standard American Diet is not going to cut it and is, in fact, the root of many health problems, not just carrying extra pounds.
And yeah, SAD (Standard American Diet) is a good description!
Let’s take a look at that Standard American Diet, okay?
Cheeseburgers, soda, sugar laden fruit juices with artificial colors and ingredients, chocolate chip cookies, chips, candy bars, pizza, ice cream and more.
Sounds tasty, sure. Healthy? Not so much!
In fact, fewer than ten percent of Americans even meet the bare minimum recommended two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.
Most Americans are eating foods like the ones above, that are completely missing the vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are needed to keep the body healthy and fit.
The average American consumes about one hundred pounds of sugar a year and the three leading causes of death, strokes, heart disease and cancer, are considered at least partially diet related.
Clearly, your health, and thus the quality of your life, has a lot to do with the quality of the foods you eat.
Two of the most important keys to a healthy diet and thus a healthy you are fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the easiest ways to get those fresh fruits and vegetables is through juicing.
Some of the important things you get from fresh fruit and vegetable juice include:
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Soluble Fiber (most Americans get less than ten grams per day and should be getting about thirty-five grams daily)
- Other vital factors such as nutrients like flavanoids and sterols
It’s a lot easier to get the necessary amounts of fruits and vegetables through juicing than it is to eat them every day.
When most people hear about juicing they feel it’s too complicated, takes up too much time or that they are drinking juice all day every day without ever getting to eat “real” food.
This isn’t the case.
In fact, you can make great improvements by just drinking sixteen ounces of juice every morning. Or break that up into two servings of eight ounces by putting it in a thermos and taking it with you.
It is important to use fresh fruits and vegetables as part of your juicing regimen.
The less fresh the fruits and vegetables are, the less nutritional value they have.
For example, freshley sliced cucumbers, if left standing will lose up to 49% of its vitamin C content within three hours!
Let’s face it, in America and many modern nations around the world, the people are overfed yet undernourished!
They are constantly hungry because the calories ingested are empty calories, leaving people hungry not long after they’ve eaten.
Juicing helps to reset the body’s “hunger” signal by feeding it the necessary nutrients it needs to function at an optimal level.
This may naturally reduce the number of calories ingested each day, and indirectly help with weight management.
The most effective juices for weight loss come from those fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients but low in calories, or what are called ‘nutrient dense’ foods.
Some of these important fruits and vegetables are as follows:
- Bell Peppers
Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables provides high levels of anti-oxidants which can help to protect against such diseases as heart disease and cancer.
If you are struggling to lose weight or you just want to get healthier or have more energy throughout the day, don’t try some complicated weight loss diet or expensive pills and powders.
Add sixteen ounces of fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of juice every morning.
Even if you change nothing else initially, this will go a long way.
When this becomes a habit, you can look to increase your intake each day, as well as make other nutritional changes in your life.
For example, eliminate one unhealthy food that you eat often.
You don’t have to make wholesale changes to your nutrition all at once. That can be overwhelming and a recipe for disaster because you won’t stick with the changes.