Green juices are promoted as being the healthiest as they contain the green vegetables such as spinach and collard greens or grasses such as wheat and alfalfa grasses. These green foods are comprised of many nutrients that are essential to the body:
- trace minerals
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants. Through photosynthesis, cells containing chlorophyll absorb light from the sun and convert it into oxygen. Our blood uses the oxygen to purify itself. Research shows that chlorophyll helps to prevent damage to DNA by carcinogens (cancer causing agents).
Enzymes help break down food into simpler, more easily digested compounds. They’re catalysts that are responsible for speeding up metabolic processes (digestion for one). The body only makes enzymes in limited supply, so the addition of enzymes from living green foods is essential.
Trace minerals are important to the body. Green foods and juices offer balanced amount of minerals. This is preferred over taking supplements. Trace minerals also promote the production of vitamin B12.
The nutrients in green foods have the ability to neutralize acids and to create an alkaline environment in the body. An alkaline body is more immune to disease. Juicing offers a quick and easy way to get all the benefits of green foods. Following is a list of the more common greens for juicing:
- wheat grass
- green cabbage
- romaine lettuce
- swiss chard
When taken through juice, the nutrients of fresh green drinks are quickly absorbed by the body, giving it a quick energy boost.
Dietary habits and lifestyle determine what level of detoxification the body needs. For those in the habit of eating un-natural, processed foods on a regular basis, the need for detox will be great. The goal here is to keep our bodies in balance for optimal health.
One can often feel the juicing benefits simply by starting to drink one juice per day. This may include better mental clarity, and a feeling of well-being, clearer sinuses, improved digestion and elimination. By continuing to consume juices on a regular basis, or say during a complete juice cleanse, the benefits increase. The skin may feel softer and have an improved, younger look, the body may appear slimmer, the toxic buildup in the body can be reduce and the immune system may be stronger.
While these may seem like miraculous improvements, juice cleansing simply restores the body to its natural state. These juicing benefits indicate how a normal body should be performing. By consuming the nutrients of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, this can be a fun and easy way to restore health.