Many of our other articles touch on how including cold-pressed juice as part of your daily routine can benefit your health, and how a juice cleanse can be a great boon to your body. Well now it is time to get into the nitty-gritty detail of exactly how this works.
Many of our other articles touch on how including cold-pressed juice as part of your daily routine can benefit your health, and how a juice cleanse can be a great boon to your body. Well now it is time to get into the nitty-gritty detail of exactly how this works. The majority of people in today’s society are extremely far removed from their food. We rely on large corporations to grow and produce it for us, without us having to worry about what is in it. Here in lies a problem though, as most of our food contains preservatives, saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and a plethora of other additives. This has led to a cycle of dependence, as our bodies cannot help but crave the rich and fatty food that is so readily available. Participating in a juice fast for as little as three days can help break this cycle of dependence, and give the body time it needs to flush these toxins out. It puts more control into the hands of people trying to make a healthy change, and kick-starts the process within the body. This three day juice fast not only breaks the cycle, but also acts to undo the damage it does and potentially boost your health to untold heights. Here are just some of the ways cold-pressed juice can improve your health:
The liver is the main organ within our body that is responsible for filtering out toxic materials from our system. Many of today’s foods are actually toxic to a lesser degree, as the refined carbohydrates, preservatives, pesticides and additives are not natural and hard for the body to digest/filter. The reason it is “OK” for us to eat them, is because in moderation, they do not cause the body much harm. However, when these foods are constantly eaten, (as they are in today’s society), they put a lot of pressure on the liver, and cause it to deteriorate in efficiency – leaving it more vulnerable when it actually matters. This can lead to a build-up of toxins, which attack cells and lead to a general deterioration in health. Uzuma natural cold-pressed juice contains no additives, toxins or preservatives. By undertaking a juice cleanse you do not introduce any new toxins into the body, giving the liver time to “catch up” on removing the toxins within the body, resulting in a clean slate to work with after the cleanse.
Much like it is for the liver, today’s processed foods can be quite demanding on the stomach, and require a lot of work and acid on its behalf to extract the nutrients our bodies need from it. Natural, cold pressed juice is extremely nutrient rich, and super easy for the stomach to digest, meaning it has to produce less acid, giving the lining of the stomach a rest. This has some particularly significant implications for those who rely on acid-supressing drugs and suffer from such things as heartburn and stomach ulcers. On a side note, to really aid digestion, as mad as it may sound, chewing juice before it is swallowed releases more saliva, which introduces extra digestive enzymes into the mix and aids digestion even further.
Leading on from the stomach, the lack of toxins and hard to digest material gives the intestines time to recover from the onslaught these toxins create. These saturated fats, processed carbs, preservatives and pesticides can greatly impair the functioning of the gut when consumed on a regular basis. They disrupt the balance of natural and beneficial bacteria present within the intestines, as well as having the potential to actually cause breaks in the intestinal barrier (known as leaky gut syndrome). By consuming only toxin free, easy to digest, nutrient rich juice for a period of time, it gives the body the time and energy it needs to repair the gut and recover to a much more natural and efficient balance before the batch of hard to process food.
Although a lot of today’s processed and packaged food is calorie rich, it is actually extremely lacking in whole nutrition. In a sense, even though many of us over eat, we are actually starving the body of what it needs! Cold-pressed juice made from raw and organic fruit and vegetables is absolutely laden with all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals the body has been craving. So by undertaking a juice fast, the body can restock and replenish its much needed supplies of nutrients, befitting pretty much every bodily function as a whole and leading to an increased feeling of health and wellbeing. However, a fast isn’t necessarily required. Even having one juice a day as part of your diet can help increase nutrition!
One of the main drawbacks of our busy modern lifestyles is that most of us do not drink enough fluids, especially when you consider most of us drink diuretics, such as tea and coffee regularly. Ideally, we should be drinking at least 5-6 glasses of fluids a day (ideally 8). This helps the body perform its functions efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove the “mind fog” that can hit many mid-afternoon. Consuming juice as part of a cleanse or daily routine ensures that the body is getting plenty of fluids, and staying in tip top condition. Over 50% of our bodies are made up of water, so don’t skimp on the fluids!
We have touched on how a cold-pressed juice cleanse detoxifies the body, which it does. What makes juice cleanses so great is that they are one of the best and most efficient ways of doing so. For the body to properly run its detox processes, it needs a plethora of nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, all of which are found in plant based, cold pressed juices. There are few other cleansing or detox diets that can naturally cleanse the body so well. As an example of just how much many of us need a detox, the average American adult has over 147 industrial chemicals on average in their bloodstream!
You may be surprised as to how many of our aches, headaches, rashes, chest problems, bloating, cramps and gas issues are related to our diet, and the processed foods within them. By cutting them out for a few days, the body has a chance to rest, and these symptoms often lessen, if not vanish all together. This can be especially relevant for people who suffer from such things as irritable bowel syndrome, or other similar disorders that can be triggered by certain processed and fatty parts of our diet.
One of the drawbacks of consuming processed and packaged foods is that they often contain a lot of free-radicals. Free radicals are very volatile molecules that cause the oxidisation of cells, and are thought to be a driving factor behind aging and cell deterioration. They are naturally occurring, and it is impossible to be completely without them - and you wouldn’t want to be, as they are integral to reactions within the body. However, too many can do more harm than good. Organic raw juice has a very minimal amount of free radicals within them, giving your body a period of time where cells are not being bombarded and damaged by them. This gives them time to re-establish proper function and stops the impediment of proper DNA function. It can even help maintain healthy looking, younger skin!
During a juice cleanse, once the initial withdrawal from caffeine and other borrowed energy sources wear off, the natural goodness within the juice often has people feeling more naturally energised then they ever did when they were reliant on coffee.
This will be a big one for some people. Whilst much of today’s food is calorie rich and nutrient lacking, raw organic juice is the opposite – low in calories and high in nutrients. This means it is possible to cut down on calorie intake whilst maintaining healthy nutrition – a huge boon for those looking to lose weight. Saying this, a juice cleanse is carried out over a period of time, and not a full time diet replacement for a reason. The body needs calories for energy, so a cleanse cannot continue indefinitely. However, after a cleanse, juice can be used to supplement a healthy diet, allowing snacks and other such things to be cut back on, helping to further cut down on calories. This leads into appetite reduction. Although many processed foods are calorie rich, they are quite “dense” (especially fatty and oily foods), and do not activate all of the receptors in the stomach to tell us we are full. This can lead onto over eating food that is really bad for us. Conversely, natural raw foods, like raw organic juice, much more readily fills up the stomach and activates all receptors properly – allowing us to feel a lot more satisfied. Although taking part in a juice cleanse may make you think your stomach is shrinking, it is not - it is just being properly filled without the need for excess! After a juice cleanse, the reduction in appetite often shows people exactly how what we eat can affect us, and gives us the freedom to switch to much healthier and more filling foods without having to go back to junk – it can break the cycle mentioned at the beginning of the article. There are many benefits to including raw organic juice in your life. Whether you do a cleanse, or simply replace snack or a meal with some powerhouse, nutrient rich juice, you are sure to feel the benefits – especially if you continue to include it as a long term part of your life!