I had been integrating a lot more juices into my diet, but with the past couple of months of sickness, injury due to coughing my ribs out of place, and lack of exercise (from the rib pain), I was feeling pretty awful. I have been looking for a kick start to get back to the place I want to be from a health and fitness perspective, so juicing seemed to be the best way to start. Here's a few reasons why:
- Juicing can strengthen your immune system.
- Juicing can regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Juicing can give you a more efficient digestive system.
- Juicing can give you clear, smooth, hydrated skin.
- Juicing can give you energy and vitality, and honestly aids in clearer thinking.
- Juicing feeds every cell in your body with water, vitamins, minerales, and essential enzymes.
- Added bonus: Juicing can aid in weight loss and assist in dropping water weight while flushing the system.
The awesome thing about juicing is the sheer amount of fruits and vegetables you consume on a daily basis. While you aren't getting all the fiber you normally would with normal consumption, or even blending into smoothies, juicing is an immediate fit of a TON of amazing, natural sources of vitamins, and in turn, energy. I would dare say that the juice is more effective than drinking a cup of coffee (and you know I loooove my coffee...). It would be impossible to eat that many fruit and vegetables in one sitting.
That being said, while some people do their cleanses 10 days, or even a month, I don't think it's incredibly healthy or good for your digestive track to consume a liquid diet for that long. I did long for protein and to chew normal foods.
- It is amazing how good I feel after I drink my juice. Not only do I feel healthy, I feel clear headed and energized, and it's all from a natural, plant source.
- For a vegetarian diet, I really don't eat enough fruits and vegetables! I thought I did, but this was an awakening to how little I actually get on a daily basis.
- My 3 cups of coffee per day dependency has to stop. It's too dehydrating. I LOVE COFFEE. I truly enjoy drinking it. But I should not NEED it and 1 cup in the morning should suffice (with the occasional afternoon treat).
- You never know what foods your body really needs and wants, and what you can live without, until you can't have it. I thought I had truly realized this concept when I started my restricted diet, but a juice cleanse really brought those thoughts to fruition.
- When I was starting to really crave foods, I wasn't craving crap. I didn't want potato chips, or greasy pizza, or pasta. I wanted a salad with black beans and corn. I wanted tofu and brown rice. I wanted hummus. Namely, I wanted protein, but I wanted fresh, healthy foods. I wasn't even tempted by the thought of chocolate, when ordinarily I would be.
- I don't drink enough water, nor do I regularly take the vitamins I need to. This was a great exercise at making that more of a priority.