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I am a huge advocate of green juicing and talk about it often on my blog. Today I want to talk solely about the benefits of green juicing your way to health!
There are so many benefits to green juicing that this topic deserves a dedicated post of its own – agree?!?!
First off, one of the key benefits of green juicing is it’s naturally gluten-free – so you don’t have to worry about getting sneaky gluten in your body when you make your own awesome green juices at home.
Juicing also is the perfect way to heal and repair your body. When you have celiac disease, your small intestine is in shambles. Drinking green juices helps repair the intestinal lining and allows you to heal from within. Let’s say you’ve injured your leg. In order to heal, you would rest your leg, right? If your gut is injured, you must, too, rest it. Juicing allows you to easily rest your digestive tract while still getting essential nutrients from food.
Furthermore, juicing is great for anyone suffering from any chronic disease or inflammation (migraines, aches and pains, etc.) as it floods your body with potent antioxidants and phytonutrients.
I always tell my nutrition and health coaching clients that removing gluten isn’t always enough – you have to replace gluten with nutrient-dense foods that serve to rebuild your gut microbiome, strengthen your immune system and heals you from within!
As mentioned, there are many benefits of green juicing. I will share these benefits below, as well as discuss strategies for maximizing your green juicing experience.
The 10 Key Benefits of Green Juicing (these 10 things happen when you “juice”):
There are clearly many benefits to green juicing. When you green juice, these 10 things happen:
(1) You’ll enjoy a fast intake of essential vitamins. Juicing makes it easy for your body to quickly absorb nutrients. When juicing, 99% of nutrients are absorbed in body within 20 minutes (vs. only 40% of what we eat is absorbed).
(2) You’ll strengthen your immune system. Don’t we all want to have super disease fighting powers so we can lesson the need for antibiotics and medical intervention when we get sick? I know I do. Here are more tips on how not to get sick.
(3) You’ll give your digestive system a much-needed rest. You digestive system works hard day-in and day-out. Give it a rest, especially if it’s damaged. You wouldn’t run three miles every day if you’re recovering from a broken leg, now would you?
(4) You’ll enjoy an energy boost. You’ll have more energy, feel lighter, and think more clearly.
(5) You’ll avoid bad-for-you-foods. When you fill your tank with healthy eats, there isn’t much room for noshing on unhealthy bits. Sometimes it’s not what you put into your body; rather it’s what you’re NOT putting in that matters most.
(6) Your skin may glow. Your skin will look better, younger, and healthier than ever. If you suffer from acne, you may see symptoms begin to calm and even disappear over time.
(7) You’ll strengthen your hair and nails. This is a nice bonus, right?
(8) You’ll improve your appetite control. Juicing fills you up. Juicing is a fantastic way to kickstart weight loss.
(9) You’ll spend less money. While you’re busy investing in fresh fruits and vegetables, you won’t be going out to lunch or eating as much expensive meat (plant-based foods costs less). Plus, in the long run, you’ll likely spend less on medical interventions because you’ll genuinely be healthy!
(10) You’ll live longer. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine study found that people who added more fruits and vegetables to their diet over time improved their chances of living longer. Researchers even found that cleaning up just ONE meal each day can help lower your risk of premature death. (This study examined more than 70,000 people!)
5 Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your Juicing Experience:
Here are a few ways to get the most out of your juicing experience:
(1) Focus on Dark Leafy Vegetables:
Dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and Swiss chard, offer the highest concentration of nutrients and are a great source of minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium, and vitamins K, C, E and B). They also contains plenty of phytonutrients to protect our cells from damage and build immune and disease defense. Did you know that green vegetables have more iron than meat? Actually, about 20 plant-based foods (broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, watercress, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, lentils) have more calcium than milk! This is great reason to drink those veggies!
Additionally, dark leafy greens contain omega-3 fats – the good fats, and plenty of fiber. They also offer the best source of alkaline materials – helping to neutralize bad breath, body odor and foul smelling urine/bowel movements.
And above all else, dark leafy greens have plenty of anti-inflammatory qualities to calm inflammation and gobble up free radicals.
(2) Use Organic (when possible)*:
Organic produce contain less pesticides residue, are not genetically modified in any way, and many would argue are healthier for you since they do not add to your toxic load. By the time a child is one year old, she has already received her acceptable dose of eight pesticides from 20 common foods! This reason alone is why everyone should choose organic produce.
If you cannot afford to buy ALL organic produce, just make sure to buy organic the produce listed on the Dirty Dozen list (this is a list of the 12 most pesticide-riddled produce according to the Environmental Working Group). Everything else you can purchase conventionally grown, if desired.
(3) Juice More Vegetables than Fruit:
The general rule of thumb to juicing is to have a 3:1 ratio (3 vegetables to 1 fruit). This ensures you get lots of vitamins without a lot of sugar. Also, don’t put bananas, avocados or citrus peels in your juicer (save bananas and avocados for green smoothies!)
(4) Try a Mini Juice Fast:
Replace breakfast (or another meal) with a green juice for at least one week. This is a great way to get your body adjusted to juicing and kickstart your way new healthy living regime. It can also be a great way to kickstart weight loss too! Whatever you do, don’t eat a huge meal when you juice. Embrace the juice as your meal and truly give your digestive tract a much needed break.
Purchase a basic juicer at Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s or this one on Amazon. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money. I’ve seen good juicers starting at $50 on the shelves at HomeGoods, and the average price for a decent juicer is around $90-$150. I use the Jack LaLanne brand juicer (purchased five years ago and still going strong!), and Breville is another great brand to consider as well. If you decide juicing is for you, you can always “buy up” at a later date. Keep your juicer on your kitchen counter. You’ll be more likely to use it if it’s staring you in the face and is easily accessible!
If you’re sold on the benefits of green juicing your way to health, please watch my video to learn how to make your own healthy green juices at home!
Good luck on your juicing journey. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. I know you’ll start to experience many of the benefits of green juicing soon and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Jenny’s Green Juice Recipe
Jenny's Green Juice
- 3-4 stalks organic kale
- 2 stalks organic celery
- 1/3 organic English cucumber
- 1 chunk fresh pineapple (about 3-4 inches cubed) - peeled
- 1/2 lemon -peeled but leave some of the white pith
- 1 inch ginger - peeled
- Wash and prepare all your ingredients.
- Run each ingredient through your juicer one-by-one, using the cucumber and celery to push through the kale stalks.
- Enjoy immediately!