People who are into juicing believe it is the best way to make up for what they may be lacking in vegetables and fruits. Most people do not get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so juicing them all together and drinking them down is the best option.
One juice recipe has ingredients, such as pears, arugula, apples, beetroot, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. The most convenient way to consume all these produce in one sitting is to juice and drink them down.
But juicing may not be all that it is hyped up to be.
The Pros and Cons of Juicing
Juicing fans argue that juicing preserves food enzymes and helps the body better absorb nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
They say that juicing helps the digestive tract to “rest” from having to digest all the fibers that you would get if you ate the fresh fruits and vegetables instead of juicing and drinking them.
The problem is that there is no evidence to back those claims up. Your body is designed to absorb nutrients from solid food, such as whole fruits and vegetables.
And unless you are suffering from a condition, such as Crohn’s disease, your digestive tract does not need to rest.
Another claim is that juicing can lower your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, and remove toxins from the body.
There might be a few studies to support these claims but there are many studies showing that eating whole fruits and vegetables can help improve one’s overall health.
We all know that fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, and we know that eating them whole or in solid form can help lower the risk of heart disease, and even cancer.
Yes, it may be that drinking fruits and vegetables have its own benefits but may not lead to the same benefits as eating whole fruits and vegetables because juicing removes the fiber in the produce.
Responsible juicing means you must not juice for the sake of juicing. You have to know what you are doing and be aware of the impact juicing can have on your body.
Most of our ideas of juicing come from infomercials and promotional tools whose primary goal is to sell a juicing machine or a juicer rather than to teach us how to juice responsibly.
These infomercials make juicing exciting and fun when in reality, juicing is not that kind of exciting. It entails a lot of work in the kitchen.
The importance of responsible juicing is the fact that when you juice, you are drinking concentrated nutrition. It is so much like drinking a herbal concoction because herbal medicine works by providing your body with nutrition. The nutrition present in the herbs helps your body to be healthy and to heal in case of illness.
To be irresponsible and juice in any way you want might overwhelm your body with nutrition. You might cause something in your body to be stimulated too much, or you might inadvertently create negative effects.
Nutrition is food, fuel, and nourishment for the body but it is said that the difference between medicine and poison is in the dose.
Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and alchemist in the 16th century said, “All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison.”
Let’s take the case of wheatgrass juice. Many people take a glass of wheatgrass juice and experience a negative effect. One doctor said that many people are overdosing on wheatgrass juice every day for want of a healthy drink when all that is needed is a small shot glass of the green juice.
Juicing responsibly does not overwhelm our body with nutrition because all we need is to provide our body with supplemental and easy-to- assimilate nutrition.
It is essential that you become aware of the potency of fruits and vegetables and what it can do to your body. Celery and parsley are natural diuretic, dandelion leaves can stimulate the liver, and beets can affect your bowel movement.
If you juice these fruits and vegetables just because you like the color of the juice, then you may not be doing your body a favor, instead you may experience a negative reaction.
You must not underestimate the power of fruits and vegetables. They may look harmless but don’t forget that the difference between medicine and poison is in the dose.
Enterprising individuals selling juicers do not only make juicing sound exciting, they also make you feel that juicing is a miracle cure for all kinds of illnesses.
Newsflash: Juicing is not the cure, but perhaps it can be part of the solution. Juicing is just part of a healthy lifestyle.
How to Juice Responsibly
Consider Sugar Content
Be aware of the amount of sugar in your juice. Fruit juices contain a high amount of sugar. Opt for vegetable juicing, especially if you are someone with diabetes. Drink only fruit juices as a treat or when needed to enhance the flavor of your green juice.
Focus on Above Ground Produce
Fruits are not the only produce with sugar content. Vegetables that grow below the ground, such as carrots and beetroots contain more sugar than vegetables that grow above ground.
Find Good Juicing Combos
Choose the best combinations when juicing vegetables and fruits. It is best not to mix fruits with vegetables but there are many juicing combos that allow the addition of fruits to green juices in order to enhance the flavor.
Do not Substitute Juicing for a Healthy Diet
It is not possible to live on juicing alone. It is a supplement to a healthy diet. You have to eat food that your body needs in order to function well. Some people do a “juice fasting” which lasts for a few days for detoxification purposes only.
Chew Your Juice
Do not gulp down your fresh juice especially the green juice even if it tastes awful and you want to get it over with as fast as possible. With juicing, digestion starts in your mouth as it combines with your saliva, so you have to “chew” your juice before you swallow.
Juicing is Not a Cure-All
Do not go into juicing thinking and believing that it can cure your illness, no matter how much juicing is being promoted as a cure for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, acne, asthma, and all other diseases. Juicing helps prevent many diseases by boosting the immune system.
It helps fight, prevent, or even manage some illnesses but there is not much scientific backing that shows juicing with therapeutic properties. Of course, there are those who swear that they have been healed by juicing alone, but then again, healing results vary from person to person.
Avoid Juicing Overdose
There are people who take more than 1 liter of juice daily thinking that it is all natural so there are no side effects.
When these people feel its negative effects, they blame juicing and would not touch their juicers again. The thing is, even in juicing, common sense is important.
Again: The difference between medicine and poison is in the dose.
People who are undergoing chemotherapy or who have kidney disease should not try juicing.
I read somewhere that juicing may not be good for women while they are pregnant because it can cause problems on the newborn babies.
While the mother is carrying the child and she is into juicing, the fetus gets extra nutrition. First of all, the nutrition can be too much of a certain mineral or vitamin and could cause harm, but there’s more – it can cause the baby once born to become nutritionally deficient fast.
Accordingly, there are studies showing that a mother who takes, for example, lots of Vitamin C while pregnant may give birth to a child who suffers from scurvy. The reason is that once born, the child gets less Vitamin C than it used to get inside the mother’s womb causing it to suffer from Vitamin C deficiency.
When you buy your juicer, be a little wary of the information and recipes that are provided with the juicer because most of the time, they are not there to promote responsible juicing.
When you engage in responsible juicing, you do not overload your body with nutrition, instead you allow your body to work smoothly and gently.
Don’t forget that “with juicing comes great responsibility.”
How about you? Have you experienced any negative effects from juicing? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Have fun juicing!