Drinking fresh juices and smoothies, like eating them offer the same benefits. The only difference is when juicing, the juice is extracted from the pulp, which contains fiber that can be useful in the digestion process. However, smoothies, which are blended fruits and vegetables, retain the fiber and are easier to digest in liquid form. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body's ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to "pre-digest" them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than disposing of them through digestion.
Drinking your fruits and vegetables can help you meet the daily five to seven servings and other nutritional requirements easier. In just eight ounces of the right combinations you can have a meal in a cup in a matter of minutes and while on the go. Almost all health experts recommend that we get five to seven servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily requirements.
Fruits and vegetables are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits may:
- Protect against certain types of cancers
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes
- Lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss
- Help lower calorie intake because most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.
- Increase energy levels, which is supported by data that shows when your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you feel energized because the nutrients can be utilized by your body immediately.
- Raw juice also contains biophotonic light energy, which can help revitalize your body and boost your immune system.
- Increase fluid intake with foods such as cucumber and lettuce, consisting of 96 percent water. Zucchini, radish and celery are comprised of 95 percent water. Ninety-four percent of tomato's weight is water, and green cabbage is 93 percent water. Vegetables that contain 92 percent water include cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach. Broccoli is 91 percent water by weight. Additional healthy hydrating foods include carrots with 87 percent water and green peas and white potatoes with 79 percent water.
Additionally, you can add a wider variety of vegetables to your diet. With juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.