While reading my most recent issue of “Natural Health” magazine, I ran across an article extolling the numerous health benefits of ‘juicing’—making juice from fruits and vegetables. It was something that intrigued me almost immediately, but I wasn’t sure I had the time, money, or wherewithal to do it without slowing down the flow of my already busy life.
That said, it’s difficult to overlook the many advantages one can derive by simply juicing it up: improved cardiovascular and heart health, detoxification of the liver, healthier skin, nails, and hair, as well as increased energy levels. You can find out more of it’s benefits here, but that was enough to get me seriously thinking about buying a juicer this week!
Of course the most pressing question for anyone who might be a little pessimistic about introducing such a change to their lifestyle has to be 1) who wants to drink their vegetables, and 2) why not just buy a readily available item like V-8 and spare yourself the money and the trouble?
As much as I can get on board with the thought process behind either one of those questions, I can also understand the premise behind making your own juices versus buying them ready-made. For one, the problem with store-bought vegetable drinks is they have far too much sodium, and the nutrients which remain in them—after manufacturers have done all they can to preserve their shelf life—is not nearly enough to satisfy the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to get the most out of drinking them in the first place.
Even more, those who are avid juicers will tell you that it’s better to concoct your drinks from organic fruits and vegetables, as their skins of the are key to getting the most bang for your buck. You simply cannot do that with non-organic fruits and veggies because of the numerous chemicals and pesticides used to grow them.
The verdict is still out on whether or not I will actually start juicing in the near future, but I am definitely considering giving it a whirl just to see the difference it can make in my overall lifestyle.