Vegetable juicing has countless health benefits and everyone who seeks to improve their health and increase vitality should include fresh vegetable juices in her/his diet. Juicing vegetables can be a part of the raw food lifestyle but regularly drinking fresh veggie juices will definitely improve anyone’s health.
Some even say that fruit juice should be omitted because fruits are high in sugar and fruit juices cause a sharp increase in the blood sugar level. Fresh vegetable juices contain lots of vitamins, enzymes, minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron), and trace minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients in a concentrated, live form that can be easily assimilated by the human body.
Most vegetables, leafy greens and herbs are low in sugar (except for carrots and beets) thus they are highly recommended in weight loss diet. Besides these nutrients, green vegetables have a very important component that fruits don’t: chlorophyll, a phytochemical responsible for the green color of plants. Chlorophyll molecule absorbs sunlight and utilizes its energy to make carbohydrates from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water during a process called photosynthesis.
Chlorophyll acts in plants as hemoglobin does in human blood. Hemoglobin transports oxygen in the blood. Even the two compounds’ structure is almost the same with the difference that the chlorophyll molecule has magnesium in its center while hemoglobin has iron. Chlorophyll, the lifeblood of plants, has many health benefits to humans. It is a very effective cleanser helping to get rid of heavy metals and other toxins from the liver and kidney.
Besides detoxification, chlorophyll also helps to build cells and blood, improves blood flow and heart functions. Recent studies have shown that by counteracting the effects of free radicals chlorophyll can prevent certain cancers too. It also functions as a skin remedy and is very effective in killing certain germs.
Vegetable juices get absorbed by the digestive system more quickly ( cc. 15-20 minutes) and without putting stress on it. Nutrients in the juice get built into cells and used in bodily functions faster and more effectively than if you ate the veggies whole. The digestive system needs more energy for breaking down and assimilating nutrients from veggies eaten in the whole form, taking away energy from other sources. The effortless digestion of vegetable juices has the benefit that you’ll feel more energized and invigorated.
When and How much Vegetable Juice to Drink?
Juice vegetables that you like the most (and not just sweet carrots or beets). Include green leaves (spinach, lettuce, wheatgrass, celery stalk, and leaves, parsley) for chlorophyll intake.
Let your taste buds get used to the fresh, natural taste of pleasant-tasting veggie juices first then experiment with harsh tasting greens like kale and cabbage.
If you’re really don’t like the taste of vegetable juices, try drinking fruit and veggie juice combos and add some sweet-tasting veggies like carrots, beets. TIP: Juice a few apples together with medium celery root, some stalks and leaves and a few sticks of carrots. Apple is a neutral fruit that you can use together with vegetables and other fruits when making juices.
It is best to start the day with a few ounces of freshly pressed vegetable juice. If you are just starting to drink green juices then it is best to take it slow. Start with around 6-8 oz. then if everything is fine, increase the volume to up to 12-16 oz. per juicing session.
Make sure that you aren’t nauseated or belching too much or don’t get bloated. These symptoms usually indicate that your body cannot properly digest certain foods. Next time use less of the veggie you think was responsible for the problem, then gradually increase the amount, until your digestive system gets used to it.
You can add some of the pulp back in the juice because it provides for fiber intake which is beneficial for proper digestion.
It depends on one’s needs and aims. If you’ll be juicing for health improvement and/or to get rid of certain health-related problems then you should drink vegetable juice 2-3 times but at least once a day.