There's been a buzz around juicing recently across the world thanks to Joe Cross's documentary 'Fat Sick and Nearly Dead' and the presence of the Juice-Master Jason Vale creeping in to our lives via his books, articles and infomercials on TV.
So is juicing just another fad diet or is there something to all this juicy talk?
1. Get More Daily Nutrients
You can pack a bigger punch with a glass of fresh juice when it comes to getting nutrients from fruit and vegetables, as opposed to eating them as you are getting the nutritional benefits without the bulk of food to fill you up. A green juice consisting of 2 x green apples, 1/4 of a cucumber, 1/4 pineapple, hand full of spinach or kale, any greens left over e.g. broccoli stalks - juice the lot and blend with 1/4 avocado and a teaspoon of spirulina powder for an amazing boost to your morning. Check out Jason Vale's books or website for more ideas and inspiration on juicing if you're interested.
2. A Low Cal Way to Boost Your Energy and Mood
Seeing as you are getting lots of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients without the calories, you can see a whift in your mood and energy levels. Juicing is great for your waistline! Hoorah!
3. Helps Your Gut to Repair
Many illnesses are caused by imbalances in the gut from allergies, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, premature ageing and chronic diseases! Essentially nothing can function optimally if your gut isn't in tip top condition. Unfortunately modern society isn't hugely gut friendly as we are surrounded by toxicity from the food we eat, pollution and even products we use. Juicing is a great way to give your body and digestive system a bit of a rest in order to heal and repair itself, as it absorbs all the nutrients from the fruit and vegetables without having to work hard to break the food down and digest it.
4. Can Help To Cure Disease
The body basically gets sick for two reasons – Toxicity and Deficiency and juicing attacks both of these issues had on in one glass by removing the toxicity of fast food, alcohol, caffeine and sugar and replacing with lots and lots of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. There is evidence to support that certain fruit and vegetables help certain illnesses and disease in the body so we say what do you have to lose? A good book to read about the effect of juicing on your health (although it is an extreme version of juicing therapy!) is Joe Cross's 'Fat Sick and Nearly Dead'.
5. Get Gorgeous
We all know the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and veg when it comes to clear skin, shiny hair and healthy strong nails which is why some top models and celebrities are juicing advocates such as Gwynny Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and Rosey Huntington-Whiteley who swears by juicing apples, cucumber and celery, with a squeeze of lemon each morning.