Adding in a green smoothie or juice into your life is the first step in transforming your diet. Try this for 21 days… see what happens. You will crave different foods then you are used to. This is part of my “Crowding Out” approach, which completely transformed my diet. The 8 reasons why are listed below….
Water Supply: Our cells are made mostly of water, which is essential to their proper function. Raw juice, unlike coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol (which takes water from body in order to metabolize), actually supplies the water you need to replenish lost fluid while providing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals. In addition, juicing promotes the alkalinity of body fluids, which becomes vital for proper immune and metabolic function.
Full of Fiber: Whole fruits and vegetable contain fiber in the form of cellulose, pectin, lignin and hemicellulose – all of which are essential to health. Combined, these types of fiber slow absorption of food which:
Increases the absorption of nutrients
Helps lower cholesterol
Reduce risk of Heart Disease
Helps eliminate toxins and carcinogens
Prevents – hemorrhoids, varicose veins, constipation, colitis, and gallstones
Keeping You Satisfied: Blending different fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and herb combinations nourishes the body. The bulk in the fiber provides a sense of satisfaction that lasts longer then what you get from fast food, snacks, soft drinks or coffee.
More Cleansing Action: Fiber in pulped juices cleanses the body in a manner different from that of extracted juices. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to fecal matter, facilitating it’s rapid elimination through the colon. As a result, there is no undue multiplication of bacteria with production of toxins.
The Spark of Life: The living “green power” which is present in all living plants is available to the body when fresh raw juices and smoothies are consumed. This “life force” is lost when fruits and vegetables are processed and stored.
Antioxidants: Herbs, fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants. These antioxidants counteract the free radicals that can cause cellular damage, aging and susceptibility to cancers.
Natural Sugars: Although there are sugars in fruits in vegetables they come full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other phytochemicals that are not found in refined sugar. They deliver the same energy as candy, pastries, and soft drinks, minus the chemicals and fat.
Chlorophyll: This gift is found only in plants and has the unique structure allowing it to enhances the bodies hemoglobin production, which in turn enhances delivery of oxygen to cells.
This requires a high power blender, like the Vitamix, my blender of choice. It’s more like a nutritional extractor as it breaks down all the whole foods at the cellular level, completely liquefying them and making it much easier for your body to absorb the nutrients of your foods. When fruits and vegetables are blended, their fiber is retained, along with the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and photochemical.