A glass of juice first thing in the morning can be one of the healthiest things you can feed your body.
And no, we are not talking about your typical sugar-filled juice found in most grocery stores which can actually cause more harm than good.
We’re telling you about the good stuff – fresh cold-pressed juice – pure and unadulterated goodness.
But before we begin – there is a difference between juicing and “cold-pressed’ juice – which has to do with the finishing stage.
Food Matters reported:
“Centrifugal juicers work best with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but not quite as well with leafy greens like kale or spinach, or with wheatgrass. This style of juicer uses blades to break apart the food. However, this can create heat, and leads to a loss of nutrients…
When you use a cold press juicer, this high-speed process is eliminated, as the motor in a cold press juicer is extremely powerful, yet operates at a very low speed. Keeping as much of the nutrition intact as possible.”
So, if you’re looking to give cold-pressed juice a try, here are two amazing benefits:
- Ultimate Detox:
With all the toxins we ingest daily (although hopefully, you do your best to avoid the worst culprits) – our bodies can become lethargic and loaded with toxins.
One of the best parts about drinking cold-pressed juice is the ability it gives our bodies to detox while still providing nutrients.
“They’re chock full of nutrients that are geared towards fighting toxins and boosting immunity and health. Cold pressed juice is so potent and instantaneous because it lacks the fibrous pulp of whole fruits and vegetables. Since the body doesn’t have to break the fiber down in the digestive system before being able to be used, cold press juice is like a lighting bolt to the system.”
A cup of cold-pressed juice can be a great way to give your body a break on having to digest fiber and other tough items.
Many people who fast regularly but still want nutrients, sip cold-pressed juice throughout the day.
- Vitamins and Nutrients: If you’re looking for a healthy way to get your vitamins and minerals in early – a glass of cold-pressed juice might do the trick.
In addition, if you’re not a big breakfast eater but know you need to get something in your stomach – a fresh glass of cold-pressed juice is a viable option.
The best part about drinking real juice is the fact that it isn’t loaded with extra sugar and preservatives.
Harvard Health reported:
“Because cold-pressed juices are usually served fresh, they retain more of a fruit’s or vegetable’s vitamins and minerals. They don’t have the added sugars or artificial sweeteners that most bottled juices contain. Additionally, when a glass of juice is squeezed from several fruits or vegetables, it is likely to have a wider array of nutrients per ounce than a single piece of fruit.”
But again – watch your sugar! Using multiple fruits to make a juice is still putting a ton of sugar into your bloodstream.
When making your own – consider using one piece of fruit for sweetness and the rest vegetables.
Buying a cup of fresh cold-pressed juice from your local health store can get expensive. But the thing is – cold press juicers are hard to find and can be equally as expensive. Some debate if you can really actually buy an “official” cold-pressed juicer, but they are on the market.
But as a next best option, you can consider investing in your own homemade centrifugal juicer if you’re committed to starting to juice but can’t quite afford the cold-pressed version.
And don’t forget to still drink water throughout the day! Cold-pressed juice is by no means a substitute for water.
In addition, since cold-pressed juice lacks fiber, be sure you incorporate other healthy sources of fiber into your diet such as avocados, artichoke, brussels sprouts, and chickpeas!
It can seem like a lot of work to make it – but your body will thank you.
And don’t worry – if you juice at home you don’t have to waste the scraps (fiber) as you make your juice – throw ‘em in a pot with some water, herbs, and spices and make a fresh veggie broth!
Have you ever tried cold-pressed juice? If so, what is your favorite recipe?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the health benefits of cold-pressed juice!