Is Juice Actually Good For You?
When it comes to juice, there is a world of speculation around its health benefits and whether it is, in fact, good for you.
Firstly, it is important that we differentiate different types of juices: there are fruit juices (more colloquially referred to as ‘squash’) and then there are pressed juices. Fruit juices are filled with added sugar and contain very few nutrients so, according to the NHS, should be kept to a minimum and even avoided completely by children. On the other hand, pressed juices retain the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants of the fruits and vegetables from which they are made, resulting in a myriad of health benefits contained in a little bottle of tasty goodness!
What Are The Health Benefits Of Pressed Juices?
Easy Way To Get Your 5-A-Day
For those of us who tire of eating platefuls of raw fruits and vegetables, pressed juices are an efficient and delicious way to incorporate the foods your body needs into your diet.
Whether you’re lacking red berries, spinach, beetroot, kale or oranges in your diet, pressed juices mix and match the tastiest foods and flavours to provide you with all the goodness you could find in a fruit bowl.
Increased energy levels
Since they are in liquid form rather than raw solid foods, pressed juices are a great way for your body to absorb the aforementioned minerals and vitamins quickly and easily, meaning your body doesn’t need to break down the food itself. As a result, your body quickly gains energy from the fruits and vegetables, while simultaneously saving energy that would have been used in digestion.
Quick Source Of Nutrients
When it comes to nutrients, pressed juices contain an array of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients to keep your body happy and healthy. Depending on the fresh ingredients used, pressed juices are a great source of…
- Vitamin C: Also known as L-ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is one of the most talked-about nutrients, and it’s no wonder why; while it is most commonly known for maintaining healthy nails and hair, Vitamin C is also involved in many other body functions, such as normal immune system functioning, wound healing, absorption of iron and collagen formation. To add to its list of benefits, Vitamin C is also vital for growth, development and repair of all body tissues. This vitamin is found in citrus fruits, blackcurrants and strawberries.
- Vitamin A: Also known as Retinol, Vitamin A plays a vital role in keeping your vision, immune system and reproductive system healthy. It also keeps many of your organs healthy, including the lungs, heart and kidneys. Vitamin A can be found in spinach, carrots and mangos.
- Potassium: One of the most important minerals in your body is potassium. It helps regulate several functions, including muscle contractions, nerve signals, blood pressure, fluid balance and heartbeat. Potassium can be found in bananas and broccoli.
- Vitamin K: This vitamin is needed in order for the body to produce the protein prothrombin, which is crucial for blood clothing, thus preventing excessive blood loss and helping wounds to heal. It is also thought that Vitamin K may help to keep your bones healthy. Vitamin K can be found in broccoli and spinach.
- Folate: Also known as Vitamin B9, Folate has several functions, including: helping your body to form red blood cells; reducing the risk of birth defects during pregnancy; repairing DNA; and maintaining nail, heart, liver, skin and hair health. Folate can be found in broccoli, kale and spinach.
- Calcium: While everyone is aware of the importance of calcium in maintaining healthy teeth bones, particularly for children, this mineral also ensures that your blood clots normally, as well as regulating muscle contractions, such as your heartbeat. Calcium can be found in kale.
- Iron: Iron plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body to your muscles and organs. As a result, iron improves concentration, reduces fatigue and boosts illness immunity. Iron can be found in spinach and peas.
Why is Juice Good for Weight Loss?
Snacking vs Juicing
When you replace snacks with pressed juices, oftentimes the juices contain significantly less calories and sugar. For instance, the Super Greens Juice from My Detox Diet contains only 13 calories per 100 grams, while the average 100g chocolate bar contains over 500 calories. Therefore, swapping out your unhealthy snacks for a nutritious pressed juice mean you will consume significantly fewer calories and will feel more energised, instead of sluggish.
Intermittent Fasting with Juice
If you want to take it to the next level, a 5:2 Pressed Juice Intermittent Fasting programme is the ultimate way to hit your weight loss goals healthily and happily.
With My Detox Diet’s 5:2 programme, you reduce your calorie intake to 500 calories, just 2 days a week, which creates a calorie deficit that aids weight loss. Intermittent Fasting with juices also: increases the production of a gene (SIRT1) which help to burn fat by decreasing fat storage; helps you to feel more satisfied with smaller portions and be less likely to overeat; gives your digestive system a break by consuming easy-to-absorb juices.