Juicing seems to be a trend that’s on every bodies lips recently, both literally and figuratively. It has presented itself as a fast and easy way to get a healthy injection of sustenance while on the go. Trendy, nutrition, delicious and available in a variety of flavours. But outside of taste and trend, what’s the deal with juicing and how can it help on your fitness journey?
The Story of Charles Bruno
I came across this story in a book I’ve been reading by Mel Robbins called the “The 5 Second Rule” and to say that Charles Bruno’s own personal health and fitness journey is inspiring, is a bit of an understatement. The man once weighed in at almost 400 pounds. That’s the weight of two normal adult men. In an emotional post about his journey, Bruno admits to being so depressed that he thought it would be better to have his foot loped off rather than deal with the pain he was in. It’s a struggle that can put your goal of dropping ten or twenty pounds into perspective, and might make you put that extra effort into achieving those goals. If Charles did it, why can’t you?
By now, you’ve likely figured out that juicing played a big part in his journey, because why else would we be talking about him in an article about juicing? Juice was the tool that he chose to use in order to reboot his nutrition and it’s a reboot that he admits wasn’t always easy, saying, “I’m here to tell you that it was hard, but it was only hard for a short time, you see the first 120 days of my juice reboot were extraordinarily hard.”
But what he realized once he had moved through the tough part was that it helped to completely change the way that he saw and approached food. It wasn’t just a nutritional change, it was a psychological change. Charles states, “As I indoctrinated myself into a new process, food became nutrition and health. Food was no longer the friend I hung out with on the Fourth of July or my buddy on the long drive home from work. Changing my process my relationship with food save my life.”
That change in thinking is as important as anything when it comes to your health and fitness journey.
Combines a lot of Nutrients
So there’s your real life inspiration, but what about the actual science behind the juice? Essentially it works because, in a similar but far more delicious way that a lot of the green supplements on the market, it jams a whole lot of nutritious ingredients together, blends them out and makes it quick and easy to ingest.
Removes Insoluble Fibre
But don’t trust me on the “sciency” stuff, here’s what Joe Cross who by the way, was one of the people who inspired Charles on his journey, has to say about the actual process. “Juicing removes the insoluble fibre from vegetables and fruits. While fibre is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fibre allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fibre persists into the juice.”
Insoluble fibre and phytonutrients are a little above the average person’s heads. So, insoluble fibre is found in the seeds and skins of most fruits, and helps to keep you regular, and phytonutrients are the part of the plant that help to protect it from things like fungus, bugs and germs, and for humans, it can help to prevent disease. So there, that’s something you know.
High in Vitamins
Dr. Jesse Chappus back up the benefits of juicing, “Juicing is a great way to get concentrated vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into your body. I like to think of vegetable juicing as more of a supplement to the diet due to the fact that juices are usually really low in calories but loaded with great nutrition.”
Get ready for another healthy lifestyle buzzword, prebiotics! Prebiotics are one of the healthy bacteria’s in your digestive system that help breakdown nutrients for digestion. These are so beneficial because, in a study done by Gemma Walton, PhD, they found that eating food rich in prebiotics (such as in leeks and bananas) increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million.
What does juicing have to do with this? Well obviously, it’s super easy to work prebiotic rich foods into your juice diet, and more prebiotic rich food will equal a much healthier gut.
Watch the Sugars
So, wow, juicing is all positive right? Well, there’s always got to be some kind of downside and in the case of juicing, dietitian Katherine Zeratsky warns, “Also keep in mind that juices may contain more sugar than you realize, and if you aren’t careful, these extra calories can lead to weight gain.”
It’s not so much that the sugar is going to ruin the healthy qualities of the juice, but it’s just something to be aware of, and remember these are natural sugars we are talking about which do not have as massive a negative effects as consuming a ton of refined sugars.
So give juicing a shot, use it to detox, work it into your current nutrition game plan as an easy and delicious way to get more fruits and vegetables in.