Juicing for Adults
Diet is the first and most important barrier to good health in adulthood. A poor diet is the largest contributor to weight gain, even among adults who exercise regularly. For people worried about their weight, juicing is a helpful weight loss tool. Juice is low in calories and fat and can be consumed in lieu of donuts, muffins, bagels, or other high-calories snacks common in the workplace and adult life. Juicing is a useful tool for avoiding long-term health problems. A high intake of fruits and vegetables is important in warding off diseases such as cancer, stroke, and diabetes, and it plays an important role in preventing high blood pressure. The two most important ingredients adults should focus on to maintain good health are vitamin C and antioxidants.
Antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols, and glutathione inhibit oxidation in your cells. Oxidation occurs when atoms and molecules lose electrons. In humans, this occurs as part of the digestive process. These atoms and molecules then become free radicals, and repeat the process by stealing electrons from other atoms and molecules. This chain reaction causes a great deal of cellular damage and decay if left unchecked. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and provide numerous long-term health benefits.
Juicing recipes rich in antioxidants reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Specific antioxidants, such as flavonoids and glutathione, reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Polyphenols help prevent osteoporosis.
Foods rich in antioxidants include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, berries, strawberries, oranges, peaches, and lemons. Spinach, asparagus, and lettuce are also good sources for antioxidants, particularly for polyphenols.
Recipes for juicing should always include a healthy dose of vitamin C. It not only boosts your immune system, it also helps you cope with stress by reducing the amount of cortisol in your system. Cortisol is produced when you get stressed. It’s part of your “fight or flight” response. Though its useful in the short run, high levels of cortisol impair cognition, raises blood pressure, lowers immunity, and decreases bone and muscle mass. Because stress, even mild stress, is a common feature of working life, keeping cortisol levels under control is a major challenge for most adults. Juicers provide an easy way for adults to extract high concentration of vitamin from their food, to fortify their daily diet. For optimal nutrition, adults should drink juice on an empty stomach, approximately an hour before eating. This allows your stomach to absorb the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants from your juicer more effectively.