Juicing is extracting the juice from whole fruits and vegetables using a type of food processor called a juicer. Juicing ensures you’re getting your recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables in a convenient, easy-to-digest form. There are many health benefits to juicing fruits and vegetables regularly.

You Can’t Stop Eating But You’re Always Hungry

Food is supposed to be our fuel, our nourishment, and our medicine. In today’s modern society, so many of us consume food-like products that contain dangerous synthetic chemicals, sweeteners, and trans fats. We’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic not because we’re getting too many nutrients but because we’re getting too little.

The more fast-food cheeseburgers, soda, canned food, and microwavable meals you put away, the hungrier you get. This is because though food-like products fill your stomach, they give you nothing in the way of the actual nourishment your body craves.

This is why you’re always hungry no matter how much food you eat.

Health Benefits of Juicing

Juicing helps put back the precious vitamins and minerals you lose by drinking soda and eating processed food. It’s ideal for anyone who lives with chronic digestive distress.

Poor diet, food intolerance, and leaky gut syndrome often causes chronic gut inflammation and malabsorption of nutrients. This means, even if you’re eating an apple or a healthy salad, your body still can’t absorb the nutrients the way it should.

This is often the underlying cause of chronic disease.

The health benefits of juicing include:

• Weight loss

You can’t lose weight effectively by starving yourself or eating pre-packaged diet food but you can when you juice fruits and vegetables. Your body is crying out for nutrients, which is why you’re always so hungry. When you give your body the rich, pure nutrition it needs, your junk food cravings will stop and losing weight will be much easier.

• Chronic pain relief

Inflammation is a natural part of your body’s healing process. However, when inflammation continues after the injury has healed; it results in chronic pain.

The antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids in fruits and vegetables help stop this continued inflammatory response while stabilizing your immune system.

• Increased energy

Forget a cup of coffee. Just 6 ounces of pure vegetable or fruit juice each day give you steady, nutrient-fueled energy to burn.

• Youthful-looking skin, hair, and nails

Premature aging comes from an accumulation of free radicals in your system. Free radicals are highly-reactive groups of atoms that interfere with proper cellular and DNA functioning. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables counteract this damage. As a result, you’ll not only feel better; you’ll look more youthful as well.

• Improved immune system function

Up to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. In order to avoid catching every cold and flu going around, it’s important to keep your immune system functioning at its best. Regular juicing fills your body with essential nutrients so your digestion is healthy and your immune system is in tip-top shape.

The Gerson Therapy, developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s, is a type of natural cancer protocol that uses juicing as its main method of treatment. This therapy has been used successfully in reversing even end-stage cancer. Juicing is powerful stuff!

Getting Started with Juicing

If you’re new to juicing, here are a few important tips:

• Know Your Juicer Type

Juicers come in two basic types; centrifugal and masticating.

Centrifugal juicers are the easiest to use and the least expensive. They can juice a wide variety of fruits and vegetables quickly and conveniently. The drawback to centrifugal juicers is they can be quite loud and don’t press as much juice out of the produce as a masticating juicer.

Masticating juicers literally chew up the fruits and vegetables so every single drop of nutrition is squeezed out. They also operate at a slower speed, meaning less heat is used, so nutrients aren’t destroyed before they read your glass. Masticating juicers are more expensive and can be a struggle to operate for the first-time user.

The type of juicer you’ll buy will depend on your budget, your dedication, your family size, and your needs.

• Stick with What You Know

Think about the fruits and vegetables you already enjoy eating. Experiment with juicing them first. Don’t go overboard on fruit and vegetable combining though. What tastes good together in a salad might not once it’s been blended up together in your juicer. Apples and carrots, celery and oranges, or pears and kale are good combinations to start with.

• Always Buy Organic

Always buy certified organic fruits and vegetables for juicing. Conventionally-grown produce contains pesticides that absorb into your system much faster when you drink them.

• Don’t Give Up

If it’s been a long time since your body has gotten some real, honest nutrition, you may notice you feel a bit more tired than usual. You may experience a bit of digestive discomfort or some coming-down-with-a-cold symptoms the first couple of time you juice. This is called a “die-off” reaction but it’s nothing to be scared of. It just means your body is detoxifying and healing. It should go away in a few days.

Juicing is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Start out slowly, with just one glass a day and work your way up. Clean up your diet as well. Trade in some boxed and pre-packaged food for healthier fare. In a few months, if you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at the positive difference in your health.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Craig A. Maxwell is an osteopathic physician who is board certified in integrative medicine, family medicine and osteopathic medicine. For more information, please visit: http://askdrmaxwell.com/.