If you had a choice, would you rather live a life that is unhealthy or one that’s been labeled by health and nutrition experts as indisputably healthy?
It’s no question, really.
Everyone wants to live and have a healthy life– the trick is getting yourself up to speed on that front. On this blog, I have spoken widely on the subject of juicing for weight loss and other topics that border between healthy living, good nutrition and the likes. Unfortunately, taking up juicing as a lifestyle choice or generally living healthy is easier said than done. Living life as a health buff is difficult which is why you have to take your time to come up with a healthy living strategy that includes juicing. Living healthy and generally being healthy is the single most important asset in your life. If you can get your health in the right shape, then you will have found success not just internally, but career-wise, relationship-wise, and so forth. Living healthy involves a lot of time, having a long term strategy and sometimes, sacrifices and discipline. Far too many people mistake of trying to replicate their friends’ fitness strategy or buying health and nutrition products on the internet. Instead, they should be spending a lot of their time refining their inner strength, and adapting lifestyles that will give them eternal benefits.
IMPORTANCE OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE
Living a healthy lifestyle has so many benefits as well as challenges. Never before have had we a harder time living healthier than our old folks did. Unlike our fathers, we are grappling with depression, obesity, multiple forms of cancers due to unhealthy lifestyles, among other things.
According to Gov.co.uk, most people are either overweight or obese. 61.9% of adults and 28% of children aged between 2 and 15 to be precise. The numbers in the US don’t paint a positive picture either. With the weight issue being the leading cause of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and various cancers, it is important for people to take healthy living seriously.
While most recognize the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle, they don’t invest in the small things that make all the difference- which is critically important if they want to succeed. There are two main things you should keep in mind if you want to keep your weight in check.
- Understand that it will take some time to have that healthy lifestyle. Being healthy means that you build a body that is healthy on the outside as well as the inside. In order for you to claim that you’re healthy, you should be able to see visible results.
- Formulate a strategy. There are plenty of weight loss books, slimming pills and the likes being sold all over the internet. Like the 3-week diet, among others. Whatever the case, don’t be a guy or lady trying to lose weight but without a strategy. Don’t be that dude!
WHY A JUICING LIFESTYLE IS GOOD FOR YOU
Juicing as a lifestyle seems to be a hot area for a lot of health junkies out there. A recent study shows that more and more people are taking up juicing for weight loss as an end of year resolution, while a lot of others will be taking it up come 2019. Whatever the case, juicing does provide an excellent way one can use to get an advantage over swelling weight.
But why would anybody take up juicing anyway? According to a study we have carried out, there are many misconceptions about the topic of juicing, juicing recipes and whether or not it is even remotely possible to adopt juicing for weight loss. In this post, and in other posts to come, we will be looking at why you should be taking up juicing for weight loss and as part of your lifestyle.
BENEFITS OF TAKING UP JUICING RECIPES
Soda is the most popular processed juice alternative out there. It is so famous so much so that, a UCLA Study for Health Policy Research discovered that nearly 2/3 of Californian teens drink soda daily compared to fresh juice.
Juicing relies on fresh fruits which is the major reasons why many people are taking it up, and for a good reason. Compared to processed juices which may contain harsh and dangerous additives, juicing recipes have the added advantage of giving one the freshness of rich, natural manure and soil.
In addition to this, juicing also gives consumers the direct benefit of environmental energy. By drinking your fresh juice, you are directly consuming green energy from the sun, some of which would have been lost in processing, or dangerously riddled with chemicals to make the processed juice concentrate better.
Some of the major benefits of taking up juicing for weight loss as a lifestyle include:
FRESH JUICES ARE PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS
Nearly all of us are obsessed with nutrients one way or another. Generally speaking, fresh juicing gives you a lot more energy/nutrients compared to processed fruits discussed in the first topic. Research has shown that most fresh juices contain full vitamins your body needs to protect itself from disease-causing microorganisms. In addition to the vitamins, fresh juices also contain vital minerals, essential nutritional compounds that aid in digestion like enzymes and flavonoids. Because fresh juices haven’t been processed, cooked or dried as in the case of processed juices, they tend to contain more nutrients by virtue of delivering photosynthetic energy directly to the consumer- imparting immense nutritional benefits to the consumers.
FRESH JUICE IS GOOD FOR YOUR STOMACH
There hasn’t been any known real benefit/effect of juicing recipes on digestion according to the Center for Disease Control. As such, juicing recipes and diets should not be misconstrued to have any healing powers with regards to giving one a healthier than thou digestive system or stomach. Largely, it is because anything consumed in the mouth will have been digested and absorbed like any type of food. With that being said however, it is important to note that even though having a juicing lifestyle will not correct your digestion problems, it is worth noting that you can consume your fresh juice better for a more effective digestive system.
How to juice for a healthier digestive system
In order for you to juice for a healthier stomach, there is a rising need for you to be more vigilant with regards to the type of fresh juice you consume. According to a study we carried out, it matters more how you prepare your fresh juice than whether or not you consume it.
Remember to keep the fiber in the juicing recipes
Juice extractors are very important since they extract the juice on your behalf. But what really matters is whether you keep the roughage or fiber in the juice or not. As an avid juicing addict myself, I try to have my juice extracted with a juicer compared to doing it the squeeze way. That way, not only am I able to have all the fiber in the fruits, but am also able to consume my juice in different ways- in soup, etc.
Don’t overdo the juicing lifestyle
There is no real benefit in overdoing the fresh juice thing. In your diets, always ensure that you have consumed balanced portions of your juice in relation to other foods to ensure that you are healthier- and that you do not disturb your stomach. At the end of the day, only taking juices will leave you emaciated or heavy assuming that the calories add up to a lot.
Incorporate some proteins
Many of the fruits you consume in a juicing recipe contain fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Unlike other vitamins, these vitamins are digested in the small intestines with the help of bile- from the liver. With regards to their absorption, it happens in the lymphatic system before making their way to into the blood system. Problem is that, before they can be able to do so, they need to be accompanied by a protein. In fact, a study published by the CDC shows that fat-soluble vitamins should be coupled with a suitable protein for them to travel well throughout the blood system. Back to the juicing topic at hand, in order for you to have a properly digesting system as you juice, it is always advisable to accompany it with a protein complex like yogurt, nuts, or protein rich seeds to ease digestion.
It will help you feel better
Generally speaking, research has shown that foods with less processing and cooking tend to have more nutrients compared to those that are. In addition to that, food which is fresh and raw is associated with lower levels of blood pressure. Fresh fruits are also associated with anti-cancer and anti-oxidant elements which have been known to be stripped whenever they are processed. Just eating fresh fruit juices compared to processed ones, one is assured of a boost in their mood. Diane M. Becker MPH, ScD, the director of the Center for Health Promotion at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine states for WebMD that, “Eating a heart-healthy diet — high in fiber and low in saturated fat — is a great place to start to boost your mood. There isn’t any question about it. In my informed opinion, juicing falls in the category being touted by the great doctor as one of the most effective ways to boost how you feel about yourself.