Is Juicing Good for You?
Is juicing good for you? The answer really depends on how you are doing it and what your goals are. In this post, I’m not going to talk about juice fasting, but about the HOWs and WHYs of drinking juice on a daily basis.
Many people have experienced many benefits from doing juice fasts or cleanses. There is some really good info on that in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
As most of you know, I watch what I eat—to me, nutrition is super important. And if you follow me, you’ve probably heard me say before that my daily carb intake is astoundingly low. In other words, I don’t eat grains, bread and other stuff that are high in carbs.
There is one specific fact I’d like to emphasize—if you are doing a strenuous fitness program, like me, you cannot solely rely on juice. As great and nutritious juice is, it cannot provide the body with the extra energy it needs as you push it to extreme lengths, where you’re undergoing severe calorie restrictions and huge protein and fat deficits. In this case, juice should only serve as special energy booster.
I think juicing can be a really valuable way to get nutrients into your body, but I think it’s easy to overdo it. You’ve got to be smart about it. If you are going to do a juice fast, do a juice fast. If you are going to take on some vigorous exercise, take on some vigorous exercise. It’s not a good idea to try to do both. That would be like like trying to drive a car on the freeway while disarming a bomb. Way too dangerous.
I have a Breville Juice Fountain, which is a pretty simple model that’s easy to use and makes delicious and nutritious juice that hits your bloodstream quickly. One great thing about this juicer is that it separates fiber from juice. The benefits of that is that your body will be able to process nutrients much quicker, as it doesn’t have to digest all the fibers. This is a great way for your body to get the extra boost it might need before or after a workout. In my opinion, it’s worth the investment.
In the video below, I take some time to explain how the juicer works and what it does—and, more importantly, what it doesn’t do.
As you can see from the numbers in the video above, sugar is the major issue.
Sugar can be a valuable tool in fitness, but you’ve really got to make sure you are paying attention when it comes to high sugar veggies—like carrots. There’s a reason that carrot juice tastes soooooo gooood. Yes, it’s packed with other nutrients as well, but it’s also packed with sugar. If you do juice, I recommend using low sugar veggies—like kale, spinach and chard. That’s where the real value is.
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