Benefits of Juicing

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Overview

Juicing is a great way to enjoy a piece of fruit or vegetable with all of its natural enzymes and minerals intact. A simple example of one of our favorite juices is freshly squeezed orange juice. The explosion of flavor is quite different from most commercially prepared juices. There are many drinks and dishes made from juicing in some form that are quite popular, like Bloody Marys and lemonade. A few people have taken juicing to the extreme and that is all they consume, but they are the exception. Most of us enjoy fresh flavors of vegetables and fruits in balance with other delicious foods.

Significance

Juicing is a quick source of live enzymes. The nutrients and minerals are in their natural state and in combination with micronutrients that aid in their absorption. Juicing is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. For a quick boost of natural sugars, a glass of freshly juiced fruits and veggies is wonderful.

Considerations

Juicing is not perfect for the human body. A few things that need to be taken into consideration are the increased toxins from pesticides and oxalates in spinach or asparagus that bind with calcium. Once you try it, you realize that it is a lot of work not just in the food preparation but also in the cleanup of the juicer. Eating one orange is different from juicing six oranges to get a full glass of juice and also expensive. The process of digestion starts with the chewing in your mouth; with juicing, you bypass that, which means that amylase and lipase enzymes do not have that first step. Another basic consideration is that there is a much faster breakdown of enzymes as they are all exposed to oxygen in the juicing process and therefore must be swallowed almost immediately after juicing.

Benefits

While some of the benefits are obvious simply from the psychological standpoint of eating beautiful and colorful food, another benefit is that you are getting more enzymes from live food. The antioxidants are in greater concentration because you are generally consuming more fruit and vegetables than normal. Generally, health will improved in almost all aspects with the use of juicing.

Effects

Before you decide to start juicing lots of fruits and vegetables, you will need to consider a few effects from juicing. Because there will be increased intestinal gas and belching, maybe you should plan for a time when you do not have to be around other people in close quarters. Urination is increased simply from the quantity of increased fluid as well as more frequent bowel movements from the bulk indigestible plant matter.

Misconceptions

Juicing is not a cure-all. Our bodies are not just metabolic machines; we are also emotional and spiritual. Many people have the misconception that they can drink juices without limit, but they still can be highly caloric, especially with fruits and can even cause weight gain. There is also the fact that there is very little complete protein in vegetables and fruits and so other foods need to be included that will meet your metabolic need.

Potential

There is great potential in juicing, such as health improvement, weight loss, improved mental status and general well-being from psychological aspects. If you are considering trying some juicing in your diet, do it in moderation.

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and eHow.com. Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.

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