3 Benefits Of Drinking Green Juice
Like many people I have never been a fan of vegetables. Ever since I was a child I wanted nothing to do with them. Fruits were more of my thing. So I have never had a problem consuming enough fruit. Vegetables on the other hand are a struggle. I usually had to force feed myself vegetables because I knew they are good for my health. There had to be a better way to get more vegetables in my diet. One day I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which showed me the benefits of drinking green juice. That gave me the answer I needed. When it comes to vegetables I figured out if you can’t eat ‘em juice ‘em! And that’s what I’ve been doing for about 2 years now. Don’t get me wrong I eat them as well, but it is more fun to juice them.
There are many health benefits of drinking green juice including reducing inflammation, detoxifying the body and providing you with more of the vitamins and nutrients you need. Here are a few additional benefits of drinking green juice everyday.
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Green Juice Benefits For Skin
The key to getting glowing and healthy looking skin is mostly due to what you eat and drink. The more nutrients you put in your body the better your skin will look. A green juice is loaded with different types of vitamins and nutrients that help your skin by reducing inflammation in the body and reducing free radicals which age the skin. When a good skincare routine is combined with drinking a green juice everyday your skin has a much better chance of looking amazing. I get a lot of complements on my glowing skin. That is partly due to drinking a green juice most days of the week. So switch out your soda consumption with green juices and you will definitely see improvement in your skin.
Green Juice Benefits For Energy
This is the first thing I noticed when I started juicing. My energy improved tremendously. While at work I would usually get sleepy in the afternoon after lunch to the point where I would almost doze off for a second. After the first week of drinking a green juice every day I was wide awake for the whole day. And that energy has continued as I have continued juicing. Green vegetables contain chlorophyll which boosts energy along with helping your body in other ways. Instead of loading up on coffee everyday, try switching it out for a green juice and see the difference.
Green Juice Benefits For Hair
Another benefit of drinking green juice that I personally experienced was faster hair growth. Because I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndorme) that has caused thinning hair and a problem with hair growth. About six month before I started juicing I started using the Hairmax LaserBand to help with the thinning. When I added the green juices with the LaserBand I noticed a much quicker speed of hair growth.
Is It Good To Drink Green Juice In The Morning?
When I first started juice I would always drink my green juice in the morning. Doing this gave me a very quick energy boost in the morning. Getting a green juice in at some point during the day is good, but drinking it on an empty stomach is even better. This allows the nutrients from the juice to get absorbed easier. I have drunk green juice in the morning and in the evening. I felt my best when drinking it in the morning. So I would suggest drinking your juice in the morning or before your first meal if you don’t eat breakfast.
How Often Should You Drink a Green Juice?
Some people drink a green juice everyday which is fine, but you do not have to drink it every day to see some of the benefits. I usually drink it about 4-5 times a week. When starting out you can start off slow and then work your way up to more days out of the week. The choice is up to you.
Can a Green Juice Replace a Meal?
This is what I thought when I first started juicing. Juicing is a good way to get a lot of nutrients, but it does not contain fiber. The fiber is removed during juicing so drinking a green juice by itself will not keep you satiated enough to be a meal replacement. It is a great way to start your first meal or as a snack. Smoothies can be meal replacements if made with enough substance because the fiber is not removed in a smoothie.
Who Shouldn’t Drink Green Juice Everyday?
Even though green juice has its health benefits, there are some people that should be cautious about drinking it every day. People with diabetes or prediabetes should be careful with what type of green juice they drink. If a green juice contains a high amount of fruit then the juice can become too high in sugar. The only fruit that I put in my green juice is an apple. When I first started juicing I used more apples to get used to the taste, but then began to reduce the amount of apples. Green apples have a lower sugar content compared to other apples, so that is a good option when trying to keep the sugar low.
People with kidney issues probably shouldn’t drink green juice everyday either. People with kidney issues have a hard time processing some nutrients. A green juice will have a high amount of certain nutrients, so you will want to be very careful when it comes to green juices. It is always best to check with your doctor before consuming anything that might affect your individual health conditions.
Don’t Forget About Fiber
Even though drinking a green juice is a great way to help get your recommended amount of fruit and vegetables each day, this will not help you get to your recommended fiber intake. So along with drinking green juices you still need to make sure you are getting the recommended 25 -30 grams of fiber. Even though I drink a green juice I also eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains to up my fiber intake.
Types of Juicers
There are different types of juices on the market. The most common types of juicers are the centrifugal juicer and the masticating juicer.
The Centrifugal Juicer
A centrifugal juicer is a juicer many people are familiar with. If you have every seen a juicer where you can juice a whole apple without cutting it than you have seen a centrifugal juicer in action. The good thing about this juicer is there is less prep work to get the fruits and vegetable ready to juice. The downside is this juicer functions at a higher speed which creates more heat. Because of this added heat the juice needs to get consumed in a shorter period of time, because the nutrients start to diminish quicker. I have never personally used this juicer, but have had juice from a juice bar that used this type of juicer. In my opinion the masticating juicer makes a better juice. But this juicer is great if you want to be able to make juice quicker and with less prep work. Below are a few centrifugal juicer options.
The Masticating Juicer
The masticating juicer, also called a slow juicer, takes longer than the centrifugal juicer to produce juice. The good thing about this is it’s slower speed creates less heat which allows the juice to retain it’s nutrients longer. It is best to drink the juice within 3 days when using a masticating juicer. Also because of the slower juicing speed this juicer produces more juice as well. This is the type of juicer I personally use. I used to use the Omega juicer, which I included below in the juicer options. It does a great job of juicing fruit and vegetables. I would definitely recommend this type of juicer. Currently I use the Shine juicer which is also shown below. It is a great compact option. It is best for juicing small amounts of juice. Below are a few masticating juicer options.
My Go To Green Juice Recipe
The following ingredients make enough juice for the week depending on the amount you drink eat day. It is best to juice half of each ingredient to make enough for about 2-3 days and then juice the remainder for the remaining days. Feel free to adjust quantities depending on your taste preferences and how much you want to make.
8 stalks of celery
1 lemon peeled
About 1 inch of ginger
1 bunch Dandelion greens /Kale /chard (I alternate between the 3)
10oz of baby spinach
Parsley (a few sprigs)
There are many different combinations of fruits and vegetables that can be combined to create juices for your individual needs and preferences. When starting out it’s good to start with the more common vegetable and fruit combinations and go from there. It is also best not to include too many fruits in your juice to keep the sugar low. If all of this sounds good to you then it’s time to get juicing!!!!!