Recently we touched on a topic that is crucial when it comes to improving your health: Learning to listen to your body. Your body knows exactly what it needs, and it’s trying to tell you all the time. But with the hectic nature of modern lifestyles, many of us have forgotten how to listen to it! Just like when you put the right fuel into a car and regularly service it, when you start to giving your unique body what it needs at any one time, real health starts to develop.

This month we are going to look at the latest fads and health crazes that are sweeping the nation, listing the benefits, the things to look out for and I’ll leave you to make your conclusion. I am writing on these topics simply due to people constantly asking about which one works the best. As you can probably imagine from what I have mentioned and frequently write about, if it’s not sustainable it generally won’t produce sustainable results and we are all unique, so what may work for your friend may not always work for you, hence why I encourage people to really start to understand their own bodies and listen for what it needs!

The first one we’re going to look at is Juicing


What is it?

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fibre, which is lost during most juicing.

Good points:

  1. Extreme heat (over cooking) can degrade the nutrients in most foods, so juicing is a good way to get raw foods.
  1. Having the foods in liquid form can increase the amount of goodness we absorb. There is a caveat which I’ll mention later
  1. If you’re not eating much fruit and vegetables at the moment it can be a good way to introduce them into your diet.

Things to watch out for:

  1. If you’re used to sweet foods, the taste takes a while to get used to. Many people add sugary foods to sweeten their juice which takes away most of the benefits.
  1. Limit fruit if you’re looking to lose weight.
  1. It must be remembered that it is not a meal replacement as it has very little fat and protein.
  1. Degrades quickly over time so drink straight away
  1. Can be time consuming
  1. The caveat I mentioned earlier to ‘drinking’ our vegetables is that the process of chewing is more important than many think. Chewing alerts the body to prepare for digestion and also releases some of the enzymes needed to break down the food in saliva.

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