I was introduced to the world of juicing several months ago when my wife began her journey to get healthy through proper diet and nutrition. After giving birth to 4 children over the course of 12 years, she had tried several “diets” to try to lose weight. Each time, she would lose some weight, and then put it back on.
It wasn’t until she changed her perspective from trying to be on a “diet” to deciding to eat healthy food, that her entire focus changed. Once she made the change to a healthy food lifestyle, the whole family got on board and we’ve been on a clean eating quest ever since.
I’ll admit that when she first brought home a juicing machine I was a bit skeptical. The idea of drinking juiced vegetables didn’t sound all that appealing to me, but I was very supportive of her and her new healthy eating lifestyle. One evening after work, she handed me a glass and asked me to try some. I took a sip and to my utter amazement, it was one of the most refreshing drinks I had ever tasted!
The fact that I was not a vegetable lover made my conversion that much more dramatic. I couldn’t believe that vegetables could taste that good (with the help of some apples, lemon, and ginger). To add to my excitement was how much energy I had even after the first glass. Ever since, I’ve been juicing as often as possible, and I recommend it to everyone I talk with about nutrition and wellness.
So the big question is “why juice?” I went to the website of Joe Cross, the inspiration behind the terrific documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, to find the best synopsis of the benefits of juicing:
“Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.
How does it work? Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice. By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.”
Wow! I couldn’t have said it better myself. As an advocate for healthy living through nutrition, diet, and lifestyle changes, I’m always looking for ways to clear the path toward a healthy lifestyle. Adding juicing to your regimen will do just that.
By the way, here’s a link to the juice recipe that started me on my way – Mean Green Juice.
Do you have any juicing stories or recipes to share with us? Let us know!
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 10 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.