Tomorrow marks the end of the Zengarry 30-day Juicing Challenge. Since April 1st, I have been posting juicing pictures, recipes and tips on facebook. I decided to embark on this challenge to fully embrace the benefits of juicing and to encourage others along the way.
I know that committing to something publicly is a great way to make yourself accountable and keep you on track even when you're full of excuses. But this challenge is far from over. I fully intend to continue to make green juice a regular part of my daily routine.
I have dabbled in juicing for years. After listening to Kris Carr rave about it, and watching a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I was curious as to what juicing would do for me. So my juicer became a permanent feature on the kitchen counter. A daily reminder of my commitment. Here are just a few of the things that I have learned on my journey.
A recent study revealed that more than 50 percent of adults get less than a serving of fruit per day (defined as one piece) and no vegetables whatsoever, unless you count French fries. The variety and amount of produce you can pack into your juice glass far outweighs what we can consume from our plate. It takes over a pound of veggies to make just one juice! Drink green juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. When your stomach is empty, the goodness of the juice is absorbed much more quickly!
Green Juice is great for your bones. Leafy greens are full of calcium and other important vitamins and minerals that are essential for strong bones. Today's lifestyle is very acidic. Coffee, sugar, meat, dairy, and stress dial up the acid in our bodies. Green juice is a super dose of alkalinity which helps the body rebalance its pH and heal. Acidity is the enemy of our bones. When our bodies are too acidic, it is forced to take the calcium from the bones to neutralize this acidity. Green vegetables and thus green juice are powerful alkalizing agents that can reduce the acidity in the body.
Chlorophyll (the 'blood' of plants) is actually quite similar in structure to hemoglobin in our blood. It is very healing and detoxifying to our blood and increases the production of red blood cells resulting in more oxygen in our bodies and thus more energy!! Chlorophyll is also known to be beneficial as a natural breath freshener and body deodorizer.
It’s important to incorporate lots of raw foods in your diet. As we age, we produce fewer enzymes. Fresh juices and smoothies flood the body with enzymes that can be used for digestion and repair.
Not only do green juices enrich your blood with special nutrients that build iron they also cleanse and improve the health of the intestines, uterus, and lungs. Here is just one of the recipes that I posted over the 30-Day Juicing Challenge. I encourage you to check my facebook page for more recipes and tips.
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