“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
I’ll be honest with you: Green juicing is hard work. It makes a mess in your kitchen, takes time to clean up, and is a process if you really want to form a green-juicing habit rather than toy with it as another health fad.
Yet, there are many people who have invested time and effort into their green juicing regimen and are committed to doing it every day – including me – and the results are so worth it.
In the beginning, juicing is new and exciting, so it is easier to keep it up. But as time passes, the newness and excitement fade away, and this is when you need to remind yourself as to why you’re juicing in the first place!
You need strong reasons to keep juicing.
Whenever I feel like I am falling off my juicing wagon, I remind myself the supreme benefits of how juicing supports, nourishes and nurtures my mind, body and soul. During times when I am lazy, I come back to a list of the following Big Whys of Juicing.
Read this list to get yourself into juicing, print it out, modify it to your liking and use it to your heart’s content in order to stay on the green juicing track!
Top 7 Green Juice Benefits
1. You Get Top Nutrition:
Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that are good for your overall health and vitality. I cannot stress the importance of eating your raw fresh fruits and vegetables and greens enough – you just feel it in your body when you feed yourself with the much-needed nutrients! You instantly feel better, your skin glows, your eyes have a new spark. There’s something about eating right that no other anti-wrinkle crème can give you!
Fruits do contain a natural sugar called fructose but eating fruits does not make you fat and is not bad for you. This sugar is not the same as processed sugar found in junk food. If you have diabetic tendencies, check with your doctor. Otherwise, as a healthy person, you need not worry about fruit so much as about eliminating all processed sugar from your diet J!
Green vegetables on the other hand contain very low levels of sugar. They help you to detoxify and cleanse by helping your digestive system to eliminate waste. And the more you consume vegetables in their fresh and raw form, the lesser you crave junk foods.
2. You Get Quick Absorption:
When you juice your vegetables, the benefit is two-fold: One, you’re taking in the essential nutrients that your body needs. And two, your body immediately absorbs all these nutrients because juice is in liquid form. You give your digestive system a rest because it doesn’t have to breakdown any solid foods, and the nutrients go directly into your cells and bloodstream, making it much easier on your body. As a result, you feel lighter yet active throughout the day.
3. You Get to Enjoy a Variety of Tastes:
With juicing, you can bring in a large variety of vegetable and green options such as kale, broccoli, chard, dandelions, spinach, parsley, collard greens that you’d otherwise hardly consume on an average diet.
Also, the fiber in large quantities of vegetables and greens can give you a bad stomach ache. Juicing removes all the fiber. Some vegetables are hard to combine in your usual diet, and juicing brings a superb way-out to take advantage of these rich in nutrient vegetables.
Note: Fiber is great for you but you get plenty of it in a healthy diet. So don’t fret if you are not getting it through juicing. Instead, you get tons of other nutrients
4. You Can Go on Juice Fasts and Detoxification:
Once you form your juicing habit, you can start going on mini-fasts on a consistent basis and build up to a longer fast. As your diet becomes cleaner, you may not need to fast as much but it’s a great way to detox your body at the beginning. During a juice fast, you’re doing your body a favor by giving it a break. Your digestive system can now focus on eliminating the wastes instead of processing solids and junk foods.
5. You Can Lose Weight Easily and Naturally:
Green juicing helps you lose weight in a seamless manner. For me, it’s the easiest way to lose weight. You can replace one meal a day with juice and if it’s a green juice, you can drink up to 32 ounces and be fine. In return, along with losing the extra pounds as a side benefit, you are rewarded with delicious taste of green juices. Your taste buds are happy too.
6. It is Fun and Adventurous:
One of the big reasons that helps me stay committed to juicing is that I find it be so much fun and adventurous. I am ever so curious about the various combinations of raw vegetables and fruits that lie in front of me on my platter – how will these taste together? I love coming up with new recipes, hunting for vegetables at the fresh produce section of the super market and mixing it all up with a dash of ginger and herbs toward the end. It’s a fun experiment and I love it!
7. Your Body Returns to a Healthy Alkaline State:
Your pH level is an exact measure of how alkaline or acidic is your body. The pH balance of human blood has to stay within a certain range. In order to avoid the harmful effects of the acidic nature of many foods you consume, your body has to work hard to minimize the acidic effects and bring it in the neutral range. Green juicing helps keep your body in that alkaline state.
There are so many more benefits of green juicing, and I challenge you now to come up with your own reasons and your Big Whys for juicing.
How do you justify the effort and time invested in your green juicing regimen?
Make a note of your Big Whys in your juicing journal and keep coming back to it whenever you’re stuck or feel like giving up.
Better yet, print this list out and stick it on your refrigerator, your desk or your mobile screen wallpaper. Go a little crazy when it comes to juicing! After all, it’s your health we’re talking about and it’s a big deal. Is it not?
Want to start green juicing but don’t know where to begin?
I created the Green Juicing 101 Basics package for my readers a few years ago when I couldn’t find a resource that showed me step by step where to begin. I wanted to know the basics, and answers to my silly questions and my readers asked for this guide. From what they tell me, it’s been so helpful to them that they have stuck to juicing and refer to it frequently. Apparently those 10 recipes are not something you ever get tired of. Just like your favorite foods. Anyway, if you want to know how to lose your stubborn weight and regain your health with juicing, this is my step-by-step guide for you.