Juicing For Health Can Prevent Being Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
One of the greatest inventions in the past decade has to be Netflix. I hardly know anyone who doesn’t have access to this incredible streaming software. It puts a ton of information and amazing videos right at your finger tips for you to access at any point in time. Unfortunately most people, and I have been guilty of this in the past as well, ignore most of the documentaries and instead watch endless hours of mind-numbing TV shows and sit glued to the couch while their brain cells melt away…
Okay maybe it isn’t that dramatic, but I’ve been there before and I’m sure you have too. In January 2013, Deborah stumbled upon a couple of documentaries that woke us up to the realities of how poorly we were taking care of our bodies and we realized we had to make a change. She had me watch them as soon as I got home from work and our life hasn’t been the same since. This all took place about the same time I was going to jump into P90X and I felt as though the change in diet helped me push through those workouts like I never had before. We did Insanity together during the spring and saw great results.
Last night we came across another movie that we really enjoyed called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” which is about a man named Joe Cross and his experiences while trying to use juicing for health improvement purposes. It was really interesting to see this very overweight Austrailian man juicing for health over the course of 60 days. He lost over 80 pounds in those 60 days and that was with minimal exercise since he was often driving across the country during the making of the film. After the juicing cleanse, or Reboot as he called it, he has continued to make fruits and vegetables the primary focus of his diet while practicing a balanced diet and limiting processed foods and animal products.
Deborah and I were really interested in the prospects of trying juicing for health in order to detox our systems, however we decided we would only be trying a 10 day cleanse. Luckily Deborah just found a juicer at a garage sale so we will be ready to go! I just wanted to talk briefly about juicing for health and provide some more information about it so that if interested you can look into trying a juice cleanse in the near future.
Juicing For Health Benefits
Unfortunately the typical American diet consists of only about 5% fruits and vegetables or less. This is a real problem because fruits and vegetables provide the micro-nutrients that our cells need to reach optimum health. When your cells receive those micro-nutrients, they are built up nice and strong and are much better prepared to fight off disease and sicknesses such as cancer, cardiovascular issues and diabetes! Who wouldn’t want to have a body that is built to withstand those issues so that they don’t have to worry about dying young? Well if you do, you are going to need to up that percentage of fruit and veggie intake, and juicing for health is a good place to start.
When people trying a juice cleanse like the one Joe Cross did in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, they go from only getting micro-nutrient rich food in only 5% of what the eat to getting it in 100% of what they are putting in their body! This kick starts your immune system and begins the process of improving your health by pushing all of the extra toxins out. Detoxification literally means: to eliminate poisonous or toxic substances from the body; or to neutralize the toxic effects, in order to allow healing to take place. This detoxing phase of juicing for health, often the first two to three days, sounds like the most unpleasant as you will be faced with withdrawal headaches and frequent visits to the bathroom as your system quite literally flushes itself out. But according to all I have read, once you come out the other side of a detox, you feel amazing! New levels of energy, your skin can clear up, and all of that in a matter days thanks to juicing for health.
Weight loss Often Accompanies Juicing for Health, but Be Careful
Juicing for health can often also result in you losing some weight, however you need to be careful as to how you manage this weight loss. People may think to themselves: if I am going to be eating super clean and losing weight anyways, I can supercharge the process by working our real hard! But that is not a good thought process to have about juicing. Light exercise is okay, such as moderate yoga, walking and gentle cycling. The problem is that since most of the calories from fruits and vegetables come from carbs, if you workout too hard, your body will start to try to actually burn muscle tissue instead of fat tissue due to lack of protein in your diet. There are fruits and veggies that are higher in protein that you can included when juicing for health, but they still do not support extremely intense exercise. Just accept the fact that juicing for health is more about the detoxification process and cleaning your system out as opposed to weight loss.
I would be really interested to hear if anyone out there reading this has tried any sort of juice cleanse and what their experiences have been. Please share them below in the comment section! Deborah and I will be trying our own juicing cleanse starting later this week most likely and I will keep everyone update on how it goes!
Your Friend in Success,
Independent Emerald Beachbody Coach