Juicing fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables is a fast and efficient was to add a nutritious boost to your daily diet. Juicing extracts the liquid juice from the produce resulting in a drink that is full of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients (phytonutrients.)
Juicing is a fantastic way to help anybody to lose weight, add vitamins and minerals to your diet and promote healthy eating habits.
Juicing for Weight Loss
Juicing is a fantastic way to reduce your daily calorie intake but still keep your nutrition levels high.
Many people choose to go on a juice cleanse or juice detox diet to help boost their normal diet. Alternatively just adding a daily juice to you normal diet is a great way to feel a little fuller throughout the day.
When juicing for weight loss it’s important to choose juice recipes that are lower in sugar. Many fruits such as oranges and bananas are quite high in natural sugars which can contribute to weight gain.
It’s better to keep higher sugar juicing recipes for after periods of intense exercise when the body can more readily use glucose for energy.
I’m a big fan of a banana, pineapple and orange juice blend with a few greens thrown in after a hectic workout. I also put in some protein to aid with muscle growth and repair and a few greens such as kale and spinach to further boost the nutrition.
Higher sugar blends can also cause a ‘glucose dump’ that is a rush of sugar for around 30 minutes after consuming the drink then a crash.
We all know that tired and sluggish feeling we get after eating a really big meal especially it’s loaded with carbs. That tired feeling is due to a crash in your blood glucose.
So the golden rule when juicing for weight loss is to stick to lower sugar juices during periods of low activity. Keep the higher sugar blends for after exercise.
Juicing for Energy
Replacing your morning or afternoon coffee with a juice is a great way to become more healthy. ‘Ditch the caffeine for juice’ is a motto we like to go by here (although i still enjoy a sneaky latte occasionally 😉 )
After a few days of consuming a lot of juice i begin to feel a lot more healthy. I feel more ‘balanced’ throughout the day and can think more clearly. I feel my stress levels drop a little and im able to tackle day to day tasks with more energy and enthusiasm than before.
When juicing for energy i tend to stick to mainly lower sugar greens to produce a longer a more sustained burst of energy. I also like to throw in some wheatgrass and ginseng which are known to give energy levels a much needed boost.
Take a look at some of my favourite juice recipes for energy here.
Juicing for Skin
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for our skin. We like the mantra ‘good skin is created from within’ here at juicerfan.
A steady supply of easily absorbable nutrients provides a potent benefit to our bodies outer layer. Alkalising green juices are known to help wth acne, and the anthocyanidins found in berries such as blueberries and blackberries are an excellent for wrinkles.
Berries also supply a mega dose of vitamin C which is good for keeping the skin elastic by supporting collagen.
Ingredients such as fennel and cucumber are good for fighting inflammation and may help against skin complaints such as eczema.
Juicing for Sleep
As humans we need our sleep.
A lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease and poor dexterity, low alertness and reduced mental function. You also just don’t feel good when you have a poor nights sleep or miss a night in bed.
Many people are chronically sleep deprived and sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, diabetes, depression and whole host of other ailments.
Whether you’re suffering from insomnia or just have problems falling asleep it’s a problem you should get looked at. A trip to the doctor will usually result in a lifestyle review with the topics of exercise and diet coming under scrutiny.
Combining foods such as watercress that contain calcium and magnesium are known to promote relaxation and may help you to get a better nights sleep.
Grapefruit and cherries are also known to promote relaxation and have anti-anxiety properties so we recommend including these in juices around bedtime.
Click here for some great juice recipes for sleep.