Juicing diets involves reducing the consumption of solid foods and replacing them with liquid mixes of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are many versions of juicing diets, with some replacing all solid foods with juices, and others only replacing one or two meals a day. One of the most famous is the Joe Cross juicing diet, from the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
Drinking your fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits. Here are 12 benefits of a healthy juicing diet;
1. Super Nutritional Benefits
Getting enough vitamins and minerals in your body is vital for supporting many body functions such as disease prevention, healing processes, and growth. High contents of Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, & B, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, healthy enzymes, phytochemicals and more can be found in vegetables and fruits.
Juicing by nature extracts liquid directly from the plant cells and the resulting juice contains most of these nutrients. In addition, juicing retains all the heat-sensitive nutrients that would have otherwise been destroyed through cooking such as B vitamins and anti-inflammatory enzymes.
2. Aids Your Digestive and Absorption
More than 70% of Americans are living with digestive issues. When your digestive system gets impaired, it becomes harder for your body to absorb nutrients from your food. Even if you consume all the right fruits and vegetables, you might not feel a lot healthier if your body does not properly absorb the extra nutrients.
Fortunately, it’s easier for your body to absorb nutrition from fresh juice than whole foods. Your juicer does the hard work of separating the liquid from the fiber and pulp, which helps the nutrients to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Since juicing diets involve liquids only, a reduced amount of stomach acid is needed for the digestive process. This reduces the amount of stress your gut goes through. It gives your digestive system a chance to heal, reset and recharge and at the same time provides you with the essential nutrients to power through your day.
3. Healthy Weight Loss Benefits
A juicing diet eliminates harmful processed foods, refined carbs, and saturated fats from our diet and replaces them with plant-based nutritious drinks.
In general, juicing will result in fewer calories than your average diet, and limit your food intake. Body fat is simply food your body has stored away as energy. So when you consume fewer calories, your body taps into your fat reserves for energy, helping you lose weight.
The high nutrition profile in your juicing diet will increase your body’s metabolism. The higher your metabolism, the more amounts of calories you burn helping you to lose weight faster and easier.
A 3-day minimum juicing diet is an excellent way to jumpstart your weight loss program as you will feel full with less food than you are usually used to. Juicing diets eliminate your comfort eating habits while providing your body with healing and energizing nutrients than ever before.
4. High Energy Levels
Within the first 2 days of your juicing diet, you will notice a substantial increase in your energy levels. Fruits have natural sugars like fructose and sucrose that can raise your energy levels. Juicing enables your body to easily absorb these nutrients, without wasting any time on a long digestion process. Juicing also saves your body’s energy since it takes less energy to digest liquids than solid foods.
Some vegetables such as carrots and celery have a positive influence on your energy levels as well. For instance, carrots are considered as glycemic food which means their carbohydrates can be quickly turned into energy.
5. Stimulates Brain Function
Recent studies suggest that diets high in fat, processed sugars and cholesterol form plaque in brain vessels, and destroy the brain tissue. Juicing eliminates these harmful foods in our diets and helps our brains remain healthy by providing additional nutritional value.
For instance, spinach juice is a good source of iron, which is required to transport oxygen to all the parts of your body, including the brain. This plays a significant role in improving your capacity to stay focused and sustain performance.
Fruits that are high in Potassium such as bananas allow the growth of new nerve cells which enhances brain health. Juices high in Vitamin C and K such as Kiwi fruits protect your brain cells from oxidative stress and damage.
6. Improves Your Immunity
Our immune system is our first line of defense against disease, infection, and pathogens. However, poor nutrition is one of the most common causes of immunodeficiency in the world.
Strengthening your immune system requires a proper intake of immunity-enhancing nutrients. Juicing will help to absorb an array of immune-boosting nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc, lycopene, and beta-carotene.
7. Anti-cancer properties
Scientific studies show that the numerous antioxidants in vegetables and fruits together with the removal of processed foods and artificial sugars can reduce cancer risk. Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables such as carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin reduce oxidative stress and remove the unstable molecules called free radicals before they damage your body cells.
8. Improves heart health
Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death worldwide with approximately 15.2
million deaths annually. Juicing protects you against heart disease and high blood pressure. The presence of lutein and zeaxanthin orange, spinach, kale, and broccoli reduces the thickening of artery walls, and harmful proteins in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
9. Protects and Improves Your Eyesight
The two most important nutrients in protecting eyesight are Beta-carotene and lutein, They can be found in kale, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, carrots, and beets. Juicing these vegetables will improve your eyesight, maintain your long term vision and prevent eye conditions such as cataracts, pigmentosa, and retinitis.
10. Great for your skin
Frequent ingestion of unhealthy foods and dehydration causes skin problems such as acne. Juicing diet will flush out excess oil and dirt on your skin from the inside out to reveal smooth, hydrated skin with even skin tone.
Vegetables and fruits are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, C & E, which promote skin regeneration, reduces inflammation, prevents wrinkles on your skin and fights against all types of skin issues.
11. Cleanses your body
The liver and kidneys are our major detoxifying organs. This diet gives these major organs a rest and flushes harmful toxins from them. Vegetable and fruits juices are alkaline in nature which helps them to draw out acids and toxins, which would have otherwise be removed by the liver and kidneys.
12. Strengthens your bone structure
Your bones perform many significant functions such as supporting the whole body, providing structure & posture, protecting organs and anchoring muscles. Juicing diet strengthens your bone structure by directly providing you with Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, Potassium, and magnesium which are the most important nutrients for skeletal health.
Juicing diets provide your body with a full range of nutrients and bring with them some great health benefits such as weight loss and improved overall health. Begin your own juicing diet, it will make you healthier than you’ve ever been. Make sure you have fun and experiment with all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
Watch this review of the Breville Juice and Blend from the Fat sick and Nearly Dead documentary.