I love juicing. Fresh juices are my favorite things to drink, and every single day I have about a liter of fresh juice, combinations such as beetroot, celery, lemon, apple and ginger or cucumber, mint, pineapple, kale and lemon. The varieties you can have are only limited by your imagination and what you have in the fridge.
Although juices are best when they are made and consumed straight away, I will often juice of an evening and quickly put the juice into airtight glass bottle, and put it straight into the fridge. Whatever loss of nutrients occurs overnight is not something I am concerned about – the benefits of the massive amounts of nutrition still in the juice is what I am after. And if comes to juicing of an evening and storing overnight – or not juicing at all – storing overnight wins every time!
Facts and History
For many years, the medical and scientific communities didn’t believe that there was such a direct link between proper nutrition and superior health. Professional advice was that we got all the nutrients we needed from our daily diet so taking vitamins was not really necessary. They believed that, for the most part, illness and disease was just something that happened naturally or was genetically determined.
Then nutrition studies came along and we began learning how important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are to good health. Through studying disease conditions, results showed that perhaps most people didn’t get what they needed from their food choices and became deficient which led to illness. This is when researchers found out how important it is to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and high-quality protein sources to maintain physical, mental and emotional health.
Then came the studies on individual vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Researchers discovered that each one provided particular benefits and so vitamin/mineral supplements and herbal botanicals became popular as an adjunct to your diet, especially if you didn’t eat the right foods. After years of focusing on single nutrients, nutrition researchers began to focus on whole foods, finding that food is more than just a sum of its nutrient parts. So, instead of taking a handful of vitamins each day, the advice that came down the scientific pipeline was “Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day has superior health benefits because of the ‘synergy’ of food.” This means that all of the compounds in a piece of fruit or a vegetable work better together in your body to perform different jobs than taking the same individual vitamins.
Your Healthy Food: Fruits and Vegetables
The take-home message here is that nothing can quite equal the value of eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day, but when that’s not possible, multivitamin/mineral supplements and the new whole food supplements can certainly help you maintain your good health and vitality.
Committing to having juice every day is giving your body a powerhouse of nutrition. There are thousands of nutrients in wholefoods, yet only a small selection in a vitamin pill. The best vitamin you could have is fresh, organic juice, consumed daily, alongside a mainly plant-based, wholefoods diet. Juices help to create the strong foundation upon which good health and vitality are built upon.