Juicing is all the rage right now. Celebrities have sparked off the new trend of getting their five a day through freshly pressed juices and smoothies. From one glass every day to juice-only diets, there are numerous ways of getting those essential nutrients and vitamins into you. So, is this just a passing fad? Or can juicing really help you to reap the health benefits that fruit and veg are renowned for?
A juice detox is when you consume nothing but freshly pressed juices for up to ten days straight. It is believed that juicing your fruit and veg can help you absorb more nutrients more easily than eating them alone. But can drinking juice alone for such a long period be good for you? As cleanses and detoxes cut out junk food from your diet completely, they give your digestive system a well-deserved break. Successfully completing a juice cleanse can quickly show you the health benefits of getting enough vitamins. You will feel more awake, active and glowing. (Healthier food options are great for your complexion.) Once you’ve experienced such positive results, you could be inspired to live a more healthy lifestyle in general. The psychological benefits may well be just as effective and influential as the physical improvements you’ll witness.
However, you don’t need to go to extremes and completely cut solid foods out of your diet to see positive effects. If you don’t fancy a ten day fast, then one juice day a week might be something to consider. Or perhaps one glass a day, alongside your normal, balanced diet and lifestyle. Anything is better than nothing, and your body will thank you for it.
Food For Thought
Once you’ve decided that drinking healthy yet delicious drinks is something that appeals to you and sounds right up your street, you’ll have to start thinking up some recipes. Nobody wants plain orange or plain apple juice every single day. Mix it up a bit. Don’t forget that fruit isn’t the only optional. Vegetable juices can be delicious and provide you with other, sugar-free options. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Pineapple, apple, and spinach
A lot of people aren’t fond of spinach, but the pineapple and apple in this recipe will mask the flavor. Spinach is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and dietary fiber. All of which will help you to keep strong. Think of Popeye, poster boy for the health benefits of the leafy veg. All of these ingredients will be available at your local supermarket or fruit market. Apples and spinach are particularly cheap, so this one won’t break the bank.
Apple, carrot, and ginger
A juice fanatic’s classic. Try this one to perk you up in the morning, rather than your normal cup of coffee. The strong flavors will kick you awake and leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Ginger, in particular, is packed with natural antioxidants and will banish toxins from your body. If you’re feeling a little blocked up then definitely give this recipe a try. Ginger is a great, natural decongestant.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s update of my program on how to eat right for your body type and mindset.