what’s in your juice?
Most of us don’t really think about what actually makes up fresh juice, it’s just fruits and veggies, right? Look a little closer, and within that gorgeous glass of green, orange, or red is a nutritious mix of water, protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to good health.
Your fruits and vegetables contain a high percentage of water, so it makes sense that most of that water is released into the fresh juice that you drink.
We all know we need to drink more water—our bodies consist of between 50 and 65 percent water, and our systems depend on water for survival because it flushes out toxins from our organs and delivers nutrients to our cells.
Lack of water, or dehydration, can lead to some serious issues, such as compromised cardiovascular function and renal impairment.
We find that juicing gives us a running start when it comes to the 2 to 3 quarts of water per day that we are supposed to be drinking.
Drinking juice is an incredible way to stay hydrated—you get many of the benefits of drinking water, but you also get many more nutrients from the fruits and veggies you are consuming. Win-win!
Yes, fruits and vegetables have protein, too. You might not think of fruits and vegetables as a prime source of protein, but when they are juiced, their nutritional qualities become concentrated, making them an excellent source of easily absorbed amino acids (the building blocks of protein). Nut kinds of milk are a great protein source, too.
Carbohydrates are the main energy source for the human body and the backbone of your nutritional profile.
Before they are juiced, fruits and vegetables are sources of both simple carbohydrates (sugars) and complex carbohydrates (including fiber), which are not the same as the refined carbohydrates found in food items like cookies and brownies.
Compared to vegetable juice, fruit juice contains more sugars. We find that it’s best to consume more veggies than fruit for this reason.
FATS AND OILS
Our bodies need essential fatty acids to thrive, and lucky for us, although most fruits and vegetables have low levels of fat, they do contain trace amounts of some of the essential fatty acids that our bodies need, like linoleic acid, which helps our bodies produce energy.
Then there are the fruits and vegetables like avocados and coconuts that are high in healthy fats, unusual in the fruit and vegetable kingdom and very lucky for us because they are delicious additions to juices that pack a big nutritional punch.
If you are juicing and would like to add more healthy fats to your routine, try a juice blended with avocado, coconut meat, or chia seeds.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, and vitamin C are crucial for your health, but your body can’t produce them, so you must get them from your food. Eating citrus fruits, greens, and root vegetables gives us vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.
It also gives us magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, and a host of other micronutrients. All of these help to keep your brain functioning, your eyes seeing, and your body producing red blood cells to build and repair your muscles, and so on.
What’s not in your juice?
A question we often get from customers is “What happens to the fiber in juice? Isn’t fiber a good thing?” Yes! Fiber is great, and surprisingly, juicing actually does provide some fiber, particularly soluble fiber,
which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
One of the major purposes of cleansing is to let your digestive system rest by giving it a break from the fiber.
However, drinking your fruits and veggies on a regular basis in the form of juice should be in addition to, not instead of, the raw and cooked vegetables you eat with your meals.
These vegetables give you an extra dose of nutrients along with all the fiber you need. And as you start making juice at home, you’ll notice that the fiber from the fruits and vegetables is left over as pulp, which can be used in baked goods and other recipes to add fiber, as well as in skin treatments and baths.
And there’s another thing that isn’t in your juice: all of the processed, acidic foods that eventually build up in your system, leading to symptoms of chronic disease and illness.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOLUBLE FIBER
Juice does contain soluble fiber. Here’s why we love it.
- Lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps to normalize blood glucose and insulin levels
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of certain forms of cancer, including colon cancer
- Benefits gastrointestinal health • Enhances weight control the alkaline trip
Your body’s pH balance is one of the pillars on which your good health rests. Your pH reflects how acid or alkaline your system is, and that relates to the foods you eat.
Did you know that every food and substance we put into the body leaves an ash residue after the body metabolizes it? This residue is either alkaline or acidic, depending on the mineral composition of the foods and the way we digest them.
In order for your vital organs to function properly, your body requires an alkaline environment. Enjoying alkaline fruits and vegetables in the form of fresh, raw juice instead of relying on acidic foods—which include foods that have been canned, frozen, or cooked—makes your body more alkaline, helping bring balance to your system and life.
At the other end of the spectrum are high-acid foods that produce excess acid waste, which is a cause of inflammation and, many believe, the root of the disease. If your diet is high in meat, cheese, white flour, white sugar, and processed food, or if you drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, then it is possible that you are suffering from ailments such as acne, joint pain, premenstrual syndrome, asthma, depression, flu and colds, migraines, food allergies, heartburn, low energy, low libido, insomnia—the list goes on and on. Advanced symptoms of over-acidity include cancer, Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis.