Green Juice Google+0Facebook2Twitter0Pinterest2LinkedIn0There’s no doubt about it: green is in vogue. Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Oz to Fergie is frothing at the mouth about the benefits of green juice, but unlike so many other fads: this one is here to stay. Why? Simply because green (in our diet) has always been in – it’s always been good for us. But most of us are strapped for time and let’s face it – we’re not eating all the greens we should. Which is precisely where the benefits of green juice come in – it’s convenient. Did you know that just one 16-ounce glass of organic green juice is so packed with nutrients that it contains all five of your daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies? Green juice is here to stay and it’s moment in the celebrity spotlight isn’t a fad – it’s just greens getting the long-overdue recognition it deserves. So why is green all the rage? We all know that vegetable juices are great for us, but why single out the greens? Here’s why you should be drinking a daily dose of salad in a glass… Green Juice Benefits #1: Chlorophyll! Snippets of high school biology class might be coming back to you now. Remember that stuff about chlorophyll? In case you don’t, chlorophyll is a green pigment found in all green plants which is responsible for converting carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose. Great, you say, but what does that mean for you? Well, tons. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier and potent antioxidant. It helps your body release stored toxins and neutralize the pollution that is breathed in on a daily basis. It also aids in the recycling of nutrients and DNA repair. Chlorophyll has also been shown to be especially useful in the removal of certain heavy metals that may have accumulated in our bodies. In addition, chlorophyll elevates your hemoglobin count which improves blood circulation and results in more energy. And in case you might suffer from halitosis or would just like fresher breath – chlorophyll is a very effective breath freshener that works from the inside out. Green Juice Benefits #2: Huge Nutritional Value for Very Little Calories If you’re trying to lose weight or simply would like to maintain the weight you have – green juice is your new best friend. Considering the wealth of nutrition leafy greens have to offer, they come with very little baggage. There’s hardly any calories. There’s no fat to speak of. And sugar? Yea, hardly any of that either. As it stands, it’s virtually impossible to have too much leafy greens in your diet (well, as long as you’re varying your greens, of course). These nutritional powerhouses will nourish you while helping to reduce cravings. Green Juice Benefits #3. Alkalinity All vegetables are alkalizing. And that’s a good thing. But why does that matter? Well, to understand the importance of this we’re going to go into a brief explanation of how acidity and alkalinity relate to our health. As you may already know, the pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being extremely acidic, 14 being extremely alkaline, and 7 being neutral. Our body fluids range between 4.5 and 7.5 pH. In order for our bodies to remain healthy, it tries to keep a delicate and precise balance of blood pH at 7.365 – which is slightly alkaline. It is, in a way, better for our health to stay slightly alkaline. And this is where the problem comes in – most of us live very acid-forming lifestyles. Acid is produced in your body whenever you experience stress, upsetting feelings and when you eat acid-forming foods. Parasites, viruses, bad bacteria, and degenerative diseases are more prevalent in an acidic system, which is why the body fluids of those who are sick are either slightly more or very acidic, while the body fluids of healthy people tend to be slightly more alkaline. An acidic environment makes it harder for our body to fight and reverse disease, leading to a host of health issues including allergies, joint pain, digestive issues, etc. Green juices are very alkaline and help balance out the acidic condition we’re continuously creating in our bodies. See why it’s so important? Green juices also come with all the additional health benefits that fruits and veggies in general provide: ample antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, and the diverse array of nutrients found in nature’s foods. Here are some not-so-scientifically-worded, additional perks of drinking green juice: You eat a wider variety of veggies, including greens that you normally wouldn’t venture near (raw parsley, anyone?) You actually get less cravings when drinking green juice, most likely because the body has all its nutrient needs filled and thus doesn’t crave so strongly, so often. You get awesome hydration! There’s a ton of water in greens, which go straight to your cells. You get a boost of energy since the green juices travel quickly and easily to the cells, supplying them with vital nutrients. And especially since these juices don’t slow your digestion or weigh you down, you can use that energy immediately instead of waiting for everything to digest. You get tons of nutrition with very little calories and very little sugar. Great for any weight loss plan. Get some great tips to help you juice greens like a pro! Want a free book of healthy juice rECIPES? 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