The Health Joys of Juicing
Through the years, many a mother has vociferously proclaimed, “Be sure to eat your vegetables!” Well, apparently mothers are right.
How do we know?
Ranges of studies have indicated a variety of vegetables possess restorative capabilities. In fact, certain veggies contain vigor-boosting nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and B vitamins.
Alas, as nutritious as many vegetables may be, cooking can destroy at least some measure of their beneficial makeup. Still, the thought of consuming raw vegetables, particularly on a regular basis, may not seem especially appealing.
Fortunately, juicing can save the day. This method does not increase the amount of available vitamins and minerals, but it does allow for nearly complete absorption of the ones present because (A), vegetables are juiced raw, and, (B), you can throw an assortment of veggies in a juicer and drink the compilation in one sitting.
But you’re afraid the taste might be unpleasant?
Okay, valid fear, although taste is pretty subjective. Still, you can always add a bit of healthy sweetener like banana, fig, or blueberries to make the mixture more enjoyable. In fact, remember Jack LaLanne, the chiropractic doctor and fitness authority of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s 80’s and even 90’s?
Well, apparently the workout guru regularly juiced. At a relatively young age, LaLanne recognized the negative nature of highly processed foods/refined sugars and repeatedly extolled the virtues of exercise and healthy eating (which included juicing). Naturally, a juicer is needed in order to juice: basic models run about $40 dollars, while more involved units can cost in excess of $300.
So, which vegetables are best for juicing? Here are a few of the many superstars to consider.
- Broccoli. Broccoli possesses a compound called sulforaphane, which has remarkable anti-cancer properties.
- Spinach. Spinach is impressively anti-inflammatory, as it’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins (including vitamin K).
- Kale. Considered by some to be the one of the healthiest foods on the planet, kale is low in calories and contains nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Nutritional deficiencies leave the body more vulnerable to illness, while consistent intake of nutrient-filled vegetables, along with a well-balanced diet, assist the body in eliminating toxins, reducing inflammation, decreasing stroke risk, warding off heart disease, and so much more. Organic veggies are best to seek out whenever possible, as they are typically devoid of pesticides and/or herbicides.
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