The motivations for being healthy are as clear as daylight which incidentally is enriched with the vitamin which we will call Sunshine D. The list of things that need to be done to ensure optimal health are as long as a fine Jack Lalane tome on health, fitness and exercise routines. Now, this article centers only on one of those ‘things to do in your lifetime’ items on your list by posing one question which we are quite sure that the famous Jack Lalane must have asked several times during the course of his professional and healthy life.
The man who nearly made it to a hundred will have asked you the question, if you had the good fortune to meet him. He might have wanted to ask why you should consider juicing for your health. This question becomes quite pertinent in today’s hectic twenty-first century modern lifestyles. And we will explain why. One of the bugbears of today’s modern, rushed commercial environments is that many of us have the old excuse that we haven’t always got the time of day to source all the perfect organic ingredients for our daily dietary requirements.
One shortfall we all seem to have is that we never seem to live up to the recommended daily allowance of no less than eight, yes, eight, vegetables per day. Here we are not even referring to those three meals a day which many people are still skipping, breakfast in particular. ‘Only’ eight different vegetables a day. To be fair to all twenty-first century readers, it is a formidable ask. But to compensate, and this is the way around for now, readers could always help themselves to one of Jack Lalane’s own famous Jack Lalane juice recipes, one of which is pure vegetables, preferably all organic and numbering your full daily quota of eight.
For ease of reference, and just by way of an example, we mention Lalane’s choice for you here. One of his vegetable juice recipes included the following eight vegetables; beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, red bell peppers and tomatoes. Okay, so we lost count. Perhaps we skipped our daily vegetable juice dosage. Add to that then a ripe green avocado pear, a squeeze of lemon juice, a shaving of ginger and a sprinkling of cinnamon or paprika and what a formidable power juice you have to kick start any busy day. That wasn’t Jack Lalane’s idea; by the way, it was ours. But we’re quite sure the great guru would have approved anyhow.
Because we’re all so short of time in the day for sourcing and preparing our essential vegetables the way we should, juicing is our get out of jail free card. The diet and nutrition experts still argue that eating solid fruits and vegetables is the way to go. They do have a valid point. Our juicing is not going to make us any healthier than the case would have been if we were all just eating the solids. Luckily for us all, if juicing is done correctly with the proper juicers or blenders, our juice will still retain most of the essential minerals and vitamins. It will also include phytonutrients, the so-called plant chemicals.
But when we juice, we lose the healthy fiber. That’s quite unfortunate because this essential ingredient is a key source towards losing excess weight and then maintaining a healthy weight afterwards. Juicing experts argue that it’s still okay to juice because the body will be able to absorb the abovementioned nutrients, vitamins and minerals better. They also say that it’s ideal for giving your digestive system a rest from absorbing and endeavoring to digest fiber. And they say that juicing reduces the risk of getting cancer, boosts the immune system and helps remove harmful toxins from the body. It’s also good for our digestion and, of course, it can help in weight loss plans.
But then again, we do need to remind ourselves that there is still no scientific evidence out that says that our extracted juices will be healthier for us than the juice we’ll get from eating solid fruits and vegetables. We still say, finally, that in consideration of our twenty first century circumstances, we should always include fruit and vegetable juicing in our daily dietary plan. This makes up for us not always being able to source and prepare our full quota of the recommended eight vegetables a day and the recommended three fruits a day.