Juicing provides so many nutritional benefits, so do you wonder if you still need your usual supplements anyway? There are a few important things to consider regarding your juice making/drinking daily. First of all:
- Did you make your own juice or know exactly where the ingredients came from if you bought it already made?
- Are your ingredients all from organic sources?
- What else are you eating throughout your day?
While it is true that the juice retains most of the vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients that the whole food offers, you’re likely missing out one some key nutrients, especially because juicing removes the healthy fiber and nutrients found in the skins of some fruits and veggies. Fiber is important for digestive function and has a lot of health benefits which you generally lose during the juicing process. So eating the whole vegetable or fruit is generally best in that regard. Of course you do get a higher concentration of everything else that makes up that fruit or veggie in your drink, other than the fiber.
- If you’re getting the flavonoids and anthocyanins from fruit and veggie juice, which means you’re protecting yourself from oxidative damage of free radicals, then do you need to take a supplement too?
You can also look at the fruits and vegetables themselves. Many are picked before they are fully ripe, so they are not as nutrient-dense or flavorful as they would be if they had grown on the vine and got from farm to table within a day or two. Also, much of the world’s soil has been leached of nutrients, so it provides less nutrients to the growing plants it should have or like it had 100 years ago.
- One of the biggest health benefits of juicing is associated with cellular cleansing, enhancing your body’s overall health and improving systemic function from the inside out.
- Another beneficial role of raw, fresh vegetables is that they can help prevent your body from becoming overly acidic, making sure that an alkaline balance is maintained in the blood. To maintain a proper balance, try to include as many of the following veggies in your juicing regimen as possible:
• Fresh herbs
• Swiss chard
• Bok choy
- There are so many other important supplements that your body may need depending on your overall health issues personally. There are also supplements that I believe every person needs anyway that cannot be received from juicing. Such as:
Vitamin D3, Fish or Krill Oil, Probiotics, Calcium, Multi-B Vitamins, Iron (for menstruating women), or others depending on your body’s needs. A natural health professional can help you know which ones those would be.
So, bottom line, juicing is fantastic and greatly enhances your health, but its not the only way to health. That’s why the word, “Holistic” – meaning the whole body and using whatever nutrients that whole body needs- can take many different things or ways to help you achieve your optimal health.
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