“The human body is really just like a juice machine” – Jason Vale
To look at how the human digestive system is designed this quote rings true. The mouth begins the process by pulping vegetables and fruit (or any other food); the juice of the food passes into the blood stream through the intestines and any pulp left over is then emptied out into the ‘collecting pot’.
On a daily basis the body requires a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients as well as water. In addition to this the body needs large quantities of these nutritional components in order to help the human system function healthily and without disease. Regular consumption of freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juice could help to reduce cancer and heart disease risk. Drinking fresh juice also counts towards the recommended “2 & 5”, making fruit and vegetable intake easier and more convenient.
Fresh juice is beneficial for people trying to lose weight; it enhances the vitamin and mineral intake, however because it is low in calories helps to control the calorie intake of a diet.
Beetroot, the humble root vegetable is well known for its medicinal properties, anti-cancerous qualities and nutritional value. Betalain, the chemical responsible for the colour pigmentation in beetroot has been found to be a powerful antioxidant helping to fight free-radicals in the body. Betalain has anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties and helps to aid detoxification. In addition to this beetroot contains folic acid, manganese, vitamins A, C and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and more. Drinking beetroot juice increases one’s daily intake of all of these vitamins and minerals as well as boosts overall health.
Greens are crucial for optimal health; however in our western society adequate intake of greens is difficult. Juicing vegetables like kale, spinach, watercress, chard and lettuce provides a wide variety of greens in the diet; the taste of these greens can be masked with green apple, cucumber or celery juiced into the mix. Green juice provides the body with chlorophyll which helps transport oxygen around the body and release carbon dioxide, toxins and built up stress. Raised oxygen levels in the body encourages an aerobic environment where disease cannot survive (disease and illness thrives in an anaerobic environment). An aerobic environment is also a favourable for the growth of good bacteria, such as lactobacillus, which is important for digestive health.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is unlike any bottled juice you’ve ever tasted, it is surprisingly creamy and subtle in taste; in addition to that it is beneficial for overall health. Vitamin C, naturally present in oranges acts as an immunity booster helping to fight off cold and flu viruses. Orange juice helps to lower LDL cholesterol and contains anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful for sufferers of arthritis. Orange juice also contains folic acid, calcium and potassium.
The powerful health benefits of juice has been understood by humans for thousands of years and it is not surprising that juice does boost overall health considering it is in such an absorbable food form. Juice is not only full of nutritional value it also increases water intake, crucial for keeping the body hydrated and removing harmful toxins. Freshly squeezed juice does not contain any added sugar or preservatives making it even better for you than bottled juice. Making juice is not difficult with the juicers out on the market these days, a worthwhile investment for anyone wanting to improve their health.