Juicing is the latest healthy craze, but you may be wondering if it’s too good to be true. There are a lot of people on the fence about juicing. Some preach by the liquid health benefits, while others just call it another fad diet. For starters though, juicing truly can’t be compared to any of those magic weight loss pills or weird diets where you only eat pomegranate.
You’re still incorporating essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals into your diet, only in a liquid form – a liquid form that you can purchase or make a home. There are many benefits that follow, such as getting those yucky vegetables that you can’t fathom taking a bite of into your diet to cleansing out your entire system. But still, is drinking your fruits and vegetables the right way to go about it?
Today, we are going to get down to the bottom of this juicing sensation, and see if there are any potential health risks to be aware of, and more importantly, if the benefits are as great as they say.
The Pros of Juicing
There’s no better place to start than the pros of juicing because there are many of them. Squeezing fresh fruits and vegetables into a juice is a great way to get a wide variety into your diet, especially if you’re not typically a fan of some of the flavors and textures. Additionally, you get all the health benefits that follow.
Juicing also provides pre-digestion, which basically means that your body gets to soak up all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals immediately, without having to weed through all the bad stuff. Juices are also easier on your digestive system and can give it a nice little break. You can also blend up the skins (and pulp) that you wouldn’t normally eat and add them into your juice, and as you know, this is where most of the nutrition comes from.
It’s also fairly inexpensive if you make your own juices at home, and all you really need is a juicer and fresh produce. You can also use up fruits and vegetables that are about to spoil and would end up in the trash. For example, some people don’t like the texture of nectarines, so adding them into a juicer instead of tossing them out is a much better option.
The Cons of Juicing
The cons of juicing will vary depending on whom you talk to. Some will say it’s too expensive, but that’s only if you’re purchasing pre-made juices, and if you’re buying the world’s best juicer. So, you definitely want to make your own for financial reasons, but also because you will receive the benefit of knowing where your produce is coming from, and what is truly inside the juice.
Another con is that you don’t get the skins and pulp of fruits and vegetables when you juice, and this is where most of the vitamins, fiber and minerals are house. However, you can always blend them up and add them into your juice for a smoothie-kind-of-texture. With that said, a blender may be the better alternative than a juicer persay.
Juice is also a concentrated source of calories, and it isn’t always recommended to drink your calories. This is especially true if you don’t find that juices fill you up. Eating the fruits and vegetables might be a better idea or a combination of juicing and solid foods. For example, skip a meal and replace it with a juice instead.
Another con a lot of people don’t talk about when juicing is the “adaptation” phase. Many people report not feeling well, tired and moody the first week of juicing. This is caused by the body trying to adapt to the new lifestyle. It must be noted that most people report these feelings do fade eventually and when the body finally adapts people report more energy and typical feel better overall.
Juicing for Cleansing or Weight Loss
A lot of people choose to juice for cleansing or weight loss purposes, but this shouldn’t necessarily be the main goal. While losing weight and detoxifying your body can be one of the many benefits that follow juicing, you still need to be eating real food to ensure that you don’t fall short of all the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
Plus, if you aren’t planning on juicing for the rest of your life (highly unrealistic to think this is plausible), you may gain all the weight back once you start eating again.
It’s highly recommended to incorporate juicing into your healthy lifestyle, but don’t rely on it solely. You should still be eating. Additionally, you don’t need to do 24/7 juicing in order to properly cleanse your body. That’s what your liver and kidneys are for. However, aiding in this process is definitely excellent, but again, juicing every single one of your meals isn’t necessarily the healthy way to juice.
Juicing is healthy, but just like anything else, there is an unhealthy way to go about it. As a rule of thumb, add juicing into your diet to get more fruits and vegetables (especially the ones you don’t like) into your system, but don’t just juice.
You should still be eating a regular, balanced diet to ensure that you reap all the benefits that juicing has. Of course, you definitely want to be purchasing your own juicer to cut down on your expenses. If you’re interested in juicing I highly recommend you check out the Red Smoothie Detox Factor program. I reviewed it recently and it may be something you want to check out if you’re thinking about giving juicing a go.