Have you had your vegetables today? In the functional medicine community, 9 servings of vegetables are recommended daily (some would argue more). The reality is that only a FOURTH of American’s consume THREE servings a day. Consuming enough veggies is a challenge for almost everyone. Why? A host of reasons.. I think it’s partly because eating a lot of vegetables requires preparation and creativity and partly because half of the garbage in grocery stores is engineered to taste good and make us crave it – there’s a neuro-chemical reward. People don’t [typically] crave vegetables because we don’t get the same brain reaction when we eat a handful of carrots as when we eat a fatty, sugary donut.
Many of the diseases that plague our society are preventable, making us responsible for a large portion of our health. We can’t blame everything on genetics anymore because the expression of genes is directly affected by what we eat and our lifestyle choices. Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants that are absolutely crucial to our health. Juicing is an extremely useful tool to ensure you’re getting all the veggies you need to stay healthy and prevent disease!! I’m not telling you that juicing all your veggies is healthier than eating them, but unless you’re eating 3 servings of veggies at every meal, juicing can help fill the gap.
Other benefits of juicing
Energy: Because of the rapid absorption of nutrients when drinking juice, many people report feeling energized. Some people report having a “juicing high.”
Brain Food: In this PubMed study, juicing was found to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease especially in people who were at a high risk for it! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16945610
Cancer Prevention: The results of this study suggests that juicing cruciferous vegetables can inhibit growth of human breast cancer cells as a result of reduced cancer gene expression. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15930460
Heart Health: In this study, juicing daily for 12 weeks improved cholesterol by 52% and reduced their risk of heart disease! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18548846. This study found kale juice improved coronary artery disease risk factors in men with high cholesterol http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18548846
Inflammation: This study suggests juicing can be effective in lowering systemic inflammation in the body. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20425759
Lastly, if you’re really concerned about missing out on the fiber when juicing, here is a link to the top 25 ways to use juicing pulp! https://www.pinterest.com/juicersbest/pulp-recipes-what-to-do-with-leftover-juice-pulp/
By Katie Koniakowsky