To juice or not to juice?
This is a common question I hear in the field of natural healthcare, and many patients often wonder how – or if – juices fit into a healthy lifestyle.
Not All Juices Are Created Equal
Not all juices are good for you. This is the first thing I tell my patients who ask me about fruit juices. Processed juices can cause your blood sugar to spike – and, for this reason, are especially harmful if you already suffer from high blood sugar or diabetes. But for all consumers, this sudden increase in sugar levels is like a shock to your body, including to its immune system, which helps you fight illness and disease. In his book
, Dr. Robert Young states that one eight-ounce glass of fruit juice can cause the body’s immune cells to freeze for up to eight hours.
, by Paul Chek, processed fruit juices are also affected by the high temperatures – often above 108° F – in which they are manufactured. Such conditions kill fruits’ naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins, and micronutrients. Without these nutrients, your body can’t digest the juice properly or detoxify the waste products in processed juices. This is why drinking large quantities of processed juices can cause indigestion. What’s more, the lack of enzymes leaves your body unable to digest the sugar in the juice. High levels of sugar create an environment in which bacteria, parasites, and yeast can thrive. Who wants those harmful substances in their body?
Comparing Apples to Oranges
However, juice can be very beneficial for you, if what you consume is freshly juiced. Fresh juices allow your body to enjoy the benefits of produce in a tasty liquid form but without the dangers, high amounts of sugar and preservatives, and lost nutrients that go hand-in-hand with the processed juices you’ll find at your local grocery store. And fresh juicing is also convenient! Many people think they don’t have time to consume the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but think again: by combining those servings in fresh juice, you could drink your daily fruits and veggies in just a glass or two. Adding that fresh juice to your morning routine would even be a great way to give yourself the energy you need to start your day – naturally.
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