The benefits of juicing begin the moment you drink live juices that flood the cells with life giving nutrients. One of the most important ingredients from live plants is the active enzymes that your body uses to transform nutrients into a usable form for cellular health and growth.
If I had to select one part of a plant based diet that would be the most important, it would be juicing!
You can't eat 5 pounds of carrots in a day, but you can drink carrot juice made from 5 pounds of carrots!
All of the enzymes are lost when you cook any live food. The body then has to manufacture its own enzymes to do the work. By consuming live food, the body does not have to work overtime to produce enzymes that are needed to transform cooked "dead" food into usable nutrients for cellular regeneration.
All commercial bottled juice has been pasteurized and is without active enzymes.
The only way to get the benefits of juicing for health is with fresh vegetables. I would also include a green juice powder that has been cold processed so it retains the active enzymes when reconstituted with water or juice.
Vegetable juicing with fresh, live vegetables is loaded with minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and oils. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of juicing.
Thousands of new chemicals that are beneficial to life have yet to be identified in the symphony of ingredients found in whole live plants.
When we drink fresh juice, millions of interacting chemical reactions are provided by the plant's nutrients that perform their life sustaining act. This in turn provides our bodies with what is needed for our healthy cell growth.
Juicing for health IS juicing for life!
In 1999 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I decided that surgery, radiation and chemotherapy were not an option for me, so I went looking for a natural cure instead.
After studying about the healing power of food, I decided that this was the way to go, and juicing played an important part in my recovery from cancer. I still include vegetable juicing in my recovery diet, and juice carrots five days a week. I also add celery and Granny Smith apples, and occasionally I add fresh beets or some green leafy vegetables.
Barbara and I consider all the benefits of juicing to be a major part of maintaining our great health.
If you are not sure you are going to get involved with juicing for health on a regular basis, purchase an inexpensive juicer However, if you decide that the benefits of juicing for the long term are for you, I encourage you to buy a juicer that will be good at juicing wheat grass and leafy greens as well as solid vegetables...AND has a good warranty.
The fiber of whole foods limits the amount you can comfortably place in your stomach. If you tried to eat 4 pounds of carrots a day you would have real digestive problems. However, the juice from 4 pounds of carrots is about 32 ounces of juice and your system can usually handle that amount without any problem.
The juice of whole foods can be consumed in large quantities and will not over burden the digestive system, and will flood your body with abundant nutrients. Increase the benefits of juicing when you drink your juice 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. This way the "powerful" juice doesn't get involved in the digestive process.
But, whatever you do, get the juice in you somehow. You'll be glad you did!