Three Amazing Ways Juicing Can Change Your Life: Weight Loss, Reduce Inflammation, and Increased Energy
Have you ever see Joe Cross (from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) talk about his juicing and nutrition journey (he lost over 100 pounds! — if you haven’t seen it, check it out on Netflix!)?
People change their lives with “juice reboots” — watch Joe Cross’s documentary, or weight loss shows, or infomercials, or any of the health books and magazines out there.
Yes, their results are dramatic, and perhaps you’ve even tried a few and briefly seen some results in your own life. But, something gets in the way and breaks the momentum.
This time, rolling into 2018, it can be different.
In future installments you’ll see HOW to implement your plan, but today let’s start with motivation — what results may one expect by a raw juice reboot?
Let’s start with three: weight loss, inflammation reduction, and vitamin / nutrient absorption.
1. Juicing for Weight Loss.
Everyday, your body cries out for nutrients … you feel this as hunger. The problem is that most of us simply stop the SENSATION with whatever we can find.
The result is that we’re ‘satisfied’ — for a time — but as soon as your body realizes that the food you ate was devoid of nutrients, it sends your brain more hunger signals!
That’s right: unless you consume the nutrients your body is craving, your body keeps telling you it’s hungry. This is so common it’s led to the cliche in the health-food industry: “overfed but undernourished.” The good news is that when you choose to give your body what it needs, your hunger is suppressed.
Juicing not only often leads to weight loss, at the same time it replenishes nutrients, allowing your body to relax and feel taken care of. This contrasts with starvation diets, which lead to nutritional deficiencies and the “weight-loss roller coaster.”
Of course, you should consult with your doctor before starting any weight loss regimen. But, juicing raw fruits and vegetables can be a great way to nutritiously jumpstart your weightloss goals.
2. Juicing to Reduce Inflammation.
Inflammation is the #1 indicator of an onset of any of a host of diseases (such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s).
While temporary inflammation may be normal, natural, and helpful for the body to heal, chronic inflammation weakens the immune system, taxes your endurance, and creates an army of free radicals that attack elsewhere in the body and increase the rate of aging.
To combat free radicals, you need antioxidants!
And, did you know that plant foods have up to 65 times the amount of antioxidants than processed foods? They have been proven to reduce (or even abolish) chronic inflammation.
Most people looking to reduce inflammation get their best results by sticking to low-glycemic, water-rich vegetables including celery, cucumber, green apples, and/or berries.
Indeed, a celery, cucumber, and green apple combo juice with mint is super delicious and refreshing — Give it a try!
3. Improving Your Overall Nutrition and Energy
Confession: I admit it — I need more fruits and vegetables. I think we all do.
Do raw fruit and veggie diets make a difference in your health?
You bet they do!
In France, researchers found that by adding raw fruit and vegetable juices to a diet, both adults and children got more of the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables — which means that they are getting more absorbable and usable vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
When you juice fruits and vegetables, you replenish your stores of minerals, prebiotics, enzymes, and a broad-spectrum of vitamins like: folate, magnesium, omegas, B, C, and K, just to name a few.
With green juices in particular, you get the blood-boosting benefits of chlorophyll, which has been found to nourish the heart and scrub the cardiovascular system.
Getting these nutrients can help you think more clearly, build strong bones, absorb more clearly, and create a healthier immune system.
Juicing is a great way to get the nutrition you need, reduce inflammation, and lose that holiday fat!
PS: Did you know that recent studies suggest that around 80% of our immune system functions in our digestive tract?
When our guts are sluggish, or absorbing nutrients poorly, our immunity suffers, and who wants to be sick this time of year!?