Guest post by Shannon Wills
There are some forms of wealth that can be earned at any point in our lives, but when it comes to health, if you lose it once, it’s pretty hard to earn it back again. And for that reason alone, health remains the greatest kind of wealth we can possess. There’s no particular age to concentrate on health and fitness – the journey should be one you start from childhood and continue throughout your life. The fitter and healthier you are, the younger you feel, no matter how old you are. So if you’re looking for smart ways to boost your fitness and health, turn to juice for the answer. If you’ve never tried juicing as a way to good health, here’s why you should do so:
·Instant energy: If you want to energize yourself before your workout, the best and most efficient way to do so is to drink a glass of juice before you start. The nutrients and natural sugars are absorbed into your blood stream immediately and your body has enough energy to last through your workout. It does not waste energy in breaking down your food and all the goodness and nutrients in the juice are assimilated into your body in a matter of 30 minutes. And after your workout, a glass of juice is a great way to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
·Wholesome health: We all know that a healthy diet is one that includes fruits and vegetables, and the easiest way to eat your fruits and veggies, especially in the raw form, is to juice them. Even if you don’t like the taste, you can just close your eyes and drink it up without having to chew them and endure their taste in your mouth for what seems like an eternity. You not only get the benefits of the fruits and vegetables you juice, but also find yourself eating more of this food group if it’s in the form of juice.
·Not just fruits and veggies: The best part about juicing is that it extends to all kinds of foods and is not limited to fruits and vegetables alone. You can put pretty much anything into your blender as long as it won’t break the blades. Since any workout requires complex carbohydrates as fuel, juicing the source of any such energy provider saves you the time and effort of cooking or getting ready a mini meal to fuel your exercise routine.
Remember however, that for juicing to be totally beneficial, your concoctions must be fresh and without any additives like sugar or milk. You’re not going to get the same benefits from pre-packaged juices as you would from the fresh ones because they contain additives like sugar and preservatives and because they’re pasteurized to kill germs. Essential enzymes and vitamins are destroyed during pasteurization, so it’s just not going to be the same as blending one or more fruits at home and gulping down the resultant mixture.
Also, if you’re juicing fruits with pulp, drink up without filtering if you want to retain the benefits of the fiber found in the fruit. It aids digestion and helps regulate your intestinal system. Remove the peel from citrus fruits and large seeds from any fruit. Also remember to wash the fruits and vegetables before you juice them to rid them of dust, dirt and preservatives.