I Juice, So Am I Healthy Enough To Skip The Supplements?
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, there are myriad benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and veggies – juices you make at home, not those you purchase at the store that likely contain hidden sugars - especially if you include items you wouldn’t necessarily eat. The juice retains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that the whole versions offer, so the juice will help support your body against cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
So if you’re getting the flavonoids and anthocyanins from fruit and veggie juice – which means you’re protecting yourself from the oxidative damage of free radicals - do you need to take a supplement too?
The truth is, man (and woman) doesn’t live on juice alone.
No matter how much juice you drink, you’re likely missing out one some key nutrients, especially because juicing removes the healthy fiber and nutrients found in the skins of some fruits and veggies.
“Fiber is important for digestive function and has a multitude of health benefits,” Oz says.
The sum of its parts
Juice is great, but the whole fruit – especially the fiber inside and the nutrient-dense skins – are a pretty important part of a healthy diet.
(That’s why our Xtend-Life Kiwi-Klenz is such an exceptional product. It contains properties from the entire fruit, which you wouldn’t get if you ate a kiwi after peeling it or if you juiced it.)
We also have to look at the fruits and vegetables themselves. Many are picked before they fully ripen, so they are not as nutrient-dense or flavorful as they would be if they had grown on the vine. Also, much of the world’s soil has been leached of nutrients, so it provides less nutrients to the growing plants it nurtures. (Ref. 2)
“One of the biggest health benefits of juicing is associated with cellular cleansing, enhancing your body’s overall health and improving systemic function from the inside out. Another beneficial role played by raw, fresh vegetables is that they can help prevent your body from becoming overly-acidic, ensuring that an alkaline balance is maintained in the blood,” our experts say. (Ref. 3)
To maintain a proper balance, try to include as many of the following veggies in your juicing regimen as possible:
- Fresh herbs
- Swiss chard
- Bok choy
Nutrients still lacking
As we’ve said, no matter how many fruits and veggies you load into your juicer – you’re still missing some key nutrients as well as fiber, even if you juice every day.
A comprehensive supplement like Total Balance can fill the gaps, providing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and amino acids, ensuring that your body is capable of going to war against free radicals to slow the aging process and fight off disease.
Juice alone won’t provide optimum health, but when combined with great quality supplements – you will really help yourself to look and feel your very best, today, tomorrow and every day after that.
Please share your tips on how to make great tasting, health juices to get others inspired.