We live in a society where there is an abundance of food but we think in a lack state of mind. This has lead to a whole host of health issues such as obesity, heart disease and cancers. We are over feeding out bodies yet starving to death at the cellular level. In order to regain health we need to understand the definition of the human diet and start following eating habits that our bodies will respond to. If you want to make a grand impact on your health immediately you want to start juicing/ Juicing vegetables and fruit is the fast food of the health world.
The human diet refers to the provision of essential nutrients necessary to support human life and health. What has happened in recent decades is North America has steered away from the natural foods and focused on convenience foods high in refined carbs, sugars, unhealthy fats and salt. These foods are ok in moderation – but we are consuming in such great amounts every day. In order to make a drastic change in your lifestyle and reset your health juicing is your 15 minute express to health. Within 15 minutes all of the nutrition from the vegetables and fruit will be absorbed into your cells.
What is your take on juicing? There is a lot of negative press on the internet on the facts of juicing produce and today we are going to learn about and clear up these myths about juicing. Joe Cross was just your regular guy from Australia who suffered from obesity and other health issues. He ran at Mother Nature full force and went on a juicing fast for 60 days. Now, his whole life revolves around healthy nutrition and proper juicing. He has debunked a lot of the negative buzz around juicing and cleared some of the air. Let’s start juicing right!
“A juice contains no fiber.” Even proponents of juicing often describe juice as free of fiber and that’s not the case. There are two types of fiber, Soluble and Insoluble. Juicing contains soluble. Juicing extracts most of the insoluble fiber out of the produce while soluble fiber remains. Soluble fiber absorbs water like a sponge and provides bulking matter that acts as a prebiotic to support good bacterial growth and digestive health. Learn more about the facts on fiber and juice.
“Juices have too much sugar.” It really depends on what you’re juicing. The proper juicing ratio is to follow the 80/20 rule of vegetables to fruits. Some fruits seen as sugary actually offer significant benefits. For example, tart cherry juice in a randomized controlled clinical trial demonstrated a minor increase in antioxidant status in healthy adults. And those with diabetes (mainly type 2) have been known to include fresh juice safely.
“There are no proven health benefits of juicing.” Thankfully more research is shining a light on the value of including juice as part of a well-balanced plant-based diet. Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure levelsand is now rather well accepted as a means to help improve exercise endurance due to its natural nitric oxide content. And just take a look at all of the success stories who have changed their lives with the power of juice.
“Juices don’t contain enough protein.” This is a classic criticism that we’ve been debunking for years! Anyone concerned with their intake of protein while on just juice can add healthy ingredients like plant-based protein powder, chia or hemp seeds. For most healthy adults, even drinking just juice for a few days won’t create a protein deficiency. Joe shares all the facts on getting enough protein while juicing and why our Reboot with Joe Protein Powder might be a good idea if you are doing a Reboot longer than 15 days.
“Juicing is just a trendy fad diet.” While in some cases this may seem true with over-inflated health claims, research focused on juice is ongoing and finding positive results. For example, carrot juice was found to help reduce white blood cell DNA damage in smokers.
“When you juice, you lose too many nutrients in the pulp that’s extracted.” Yes, you will lose some nutrients in the pulp like fiber and magnesium to name a few, but you’ll reap countless benefits from the nutrients that remain in the juice.
“Eating fruits and veggies is better than juicing them.” At the end of the day ingesting plant-based foods is what it’s all about! You can choose your vehicle as long as you are traveling to that destination. So go for it and include a smoothie, a juice, a salad, a soup and a big bowl of roasted veggies. The key factor is to consume plants. And to capitalize on variety to get a full spectrum of nutrients. For example, you can absorb more Vitamin C from a raw tomato and more lycopene from a cooked tomato eaten with some healthy fat like olive oil or avocado. Both are important and beneficial so be inclusive and enjoy.
“Juicing is too expensive and wasteful.” There are countless ways to save on produce and use the leftover pulp. My favorite is to buy in season and get to know your local farmers. Here are more tips from our community on how to save money. And yes, you can save the pulp! Use it in baking, soups, veggie burgers, healthy cookies, crackers and much more.
The best veggies to juice include the following:
Cucumbers: they have high water content and are great for skin health
Celery: high water content, anti-inflammatory and alkalizing – and contains natural salt!
Kale: super antioxidant benefits, and high cardiovascular support
Carrots: fantastic liver and gall bladder cleanser! Rich in beta-carotene (great for eye sight)
Beets: liver cleanser and great source of iron – use sparingly as they are high in sugar
Wheatgrass: contains all minerals, amazing detoxifier and rich in protein
Fennel: excellent for digestion, works to reduce bloating
Here are some of my favourite recipes! Remember to juice 80% vegetables and 20% fruits at all times to get the most health benefits.
1 green apple
5 large celery stalks
5 stalks kale
½ bunch parsley
1-2 lemons (depending on how lemon-y you like)
2 celery stalks
6 kale leaves
1 green apple
1 inch ginger
8 kale leaves
2 green apples
½ bunch parsley
½ large beet
8 kale leaves
6 Swiss chard leaves