Vegetable juicing is a good way to consume more vegetables. Fresh juice floods the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and many other potent nutrients. However, many people are juicing for weight loss. How is this done, and is it safe?
Juicing vegetables like ginger, lemon, apple, carrots, and kale has proven beneficial for the entire digestive tract. But if weight loss is the primary goal, then here are some things to keep in mind.
Juicing to lose weight
Juicing can be done in several ways. Some do a juice fast. They drink only fresh juice for 3, 7, 10 or more days.
Others replace one meal a day with fresh juice. For example, they eat breakfast and lunch but swap the evening meal for fresh juice. Other think that drinking juice for breakfast works better.
Whatever the case, adding more vegetables daily by drinking them can be very helpful to control weight. Vegetables contain powerful nutrients that help lessen inflammation in the body. Juicing can also improve the gut bacteria composition. Both these factors affect the level of obesity.
Too much sugar?
Some claim that juicing is not very healthy because the juice containts too much sugar, a leading cause of obesity. But these people seem to think that you only juice sweet ingredients as pineapple and oranges.
However, they fail to understand that there are many low-carb ingredients as lemon, lime, ginger, kale, parsley, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cucumber, celery, spinach, bell pepper, fennel, green apples, and many other. This juice is low is sugar and a great help to control weight.
Vegetable juice is…
- nutrient dense
- low-calorie food
- easy to prepare
- good for a natural detox
- great for the body’s metabolism
- quickly digested and assimilated
- supporting good bacteria colonizing the gut
- rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients
So juicing stimulates the body’s metabolism and at the same time lowers the calorie intake. The result is that it’s easier to lose weight without feeling under-nourished or starved. Freshly pressed juice is also delicious with a great variation of tastes to keep the taste buds happy.
For this drink I added some beet root which is loaded with nutrients and has a beautiful color.
Juicing & probiotics = great combo
Reseach has revealed that combining fresh juice with probiotics works really well for controling weight. Why is that?
One reason is that toxins in the body are mostly fat-soluble and therefore conveniently stored in fat cells. So the more toxins there are in the body, the more fat is needed to store them. And the body will stubbornly keep the fat unless somehow it can be triggered to eliminated it safely.
And elimination is key. The body uses several exit routs—the skin, the stool, and urination. Therefore, using hot baths or a sauna you can sweat it out. This is because if toxins cannot find their way out from the body farily quick, they will be reabsorbed. Enters probiotics.
Probiotic bacteria has the ability to promote the elimination of toxins to the digestive tract and out with the stool.
The main point: Beneficial bacteria in fermented food or probiotic supplements stimulate the gut to eliminate toxins and waste.
Probiotics work in synergy with enzymes and nutrients in freshly pressed juice enhancing the effect. It’s like 1 +1 = 3. The end result is bigger than the value of the two agents involved. Therefore, consuming fermented food and fresh juice togetehr is great for weight loss.
Juicing with probiotics
A juice fast normally lasts for 3-10 days. During this time only fresh juice is consumed. Adding fermented foods or a probiotic supplement can increase the benefits of juicing.
Some people start by juicing three days. And after three days they decide if they can go on for another few days.
Juice fasting menu
- 3-6 times a day drink a glass of fresh juice
- Drink plenty of fresh water during the day
- Consume fermented food like sauerkraut, homemade kefir, yogurt, natto (or a probiotic supplement)
- At the end of the juice fast some consume the superb bone broth several times a day (bone broth is a superb gut healer).
Juice recipe: Living Green
- One apple
- 2-3 carrots
- An inch or so of fresh ginger
- Half a lemon or a lime
- One or two probiotic capsules
Wash the veggies in water. If you don’t use organic produce you should also peel the lemon and ginger. But we never peel organic produce.
Use a hand blender to mix the fresh juice with the probiotics. You can also leave some juice in an air-tight jar in the fridge for a day or so.
1 cup of kefir or yogurt (unsweetened)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup cranberries (or juice)
1 small banana
1/2 fresh orange
Handful of fresh baby spinach
Amounts are approximate. Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. If the smoothie gets too thick, add more cranberry or pomegranate juice.
- 1 fairly big piece of fresh ginger (1-2 inches)
- 1 green apple
- 2 organic lemons with peel
This shot is a favorite! Great for the gut. This recipe makes two shots. The recipe does not include any probiotics, but you can add a capsule if you like.
- 2 green apples (Granny Smith)
- 1/2 normal size beetroot
This is a classic recipe I learned from Jay Kordich. It has a strong taste and can boost liver functions. The liver is a powerful organ in the body and to lose weight, the liver must work properly.
Juicing a body boost
If you’re juicing for weight loss, exercising can greatly increase the effect of juicing. Some like walking for 30 minutes, swimming, go to a gym or ride a bicycle.