Thursday, December 20, 2012

Healthy Skin Diet: Why Juicing Is the Key to Young, Vibrant Skin

Admit it; as we age, we all take a look in the mirror one morning and think to ourselves, gosh, I wish I would have taken better care of myself. The wrinkles start setting in, the spots and blemishes become more pronounced, the skin dulls, and we look older!

But, what if there was a way to turn back time and make better decisions? Could you look younger? Could you BE younger? Obviously, as I you are reading this article, you are hoping the answer is indeed, YES, it is possible.

As a nutritionist, after losing weight, the question I get most often is what do I need to do to look younger? Naturally, there are effective methods of improving and maintaining overall health, which certainly effect the elasticity and vibrancy of your skin, with the litany of diets, supplements, and skin creams out there, it is easy to become overwhelmed and turned off by false promises.

One of the major hurdles most Americans and Europeans face (particularly those in the UK) is that our diets have impaired the body's natural ability to heal itself. We eat so much lifeless, over processed, nutritionally empty food, that our digestive systems are over taxed. Hence, when we finally do eat nutritionally live and dense food, we are unable to benefit fully from this nutrition.

Fortunately, there is an answer; two answers actually:

  • Juicing
  • Whole Food Juicing

The Benefits of Juicing
Here is one great trick for determining if a piece of food is healthy: Check the water content. If you cut it, or squeeze it, is there juice present? Just like the human body, all "live" foods have significant water content. This liquid contains the lions share of the nutrients found in food. According to one study done by Department of Agriculture, 90% of the antioxidant activity found in the 12 fruits studied was located in the juice. further, another study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition:

"Cancer and cardiovascular benefits may be more attributable to antioxidants rather than fibre" They concluded that "[the theory that] pure fruit and vegetable juices are nutritionally inferior to fruit and vegetables, in relation to chronic disease reduction, is not justified"

Finally, we have since learned that juicing doesn't remove all of the fiber from fruits and vegetables, only the insoluble fiber is removed.

So, why is this beneficial? The answer is, nutrient absorption. As I said before, our diets are loaded with dead food. This means that the food we eat is missing the living enzymes required by our body to digest and absorb nutrients. The body must take away from other processes, and boost the actions of organs like the pancreas in order to create the enzymes necessary, which is not nearly as efficient.

Juice on the other hand is loaded with enzymes, and, is very easy to digest and absorb. Remember in grade school when you learned that digestion starts in the mouth? That's because we masticate food, and it mixes with the saliva in our mouth. Juicing simply replicates this process, but on a much more efficient scale!.

This means that even in an enzyme deprived body, you are going to absorb and benefit from the full host of nutrients located in the juice which you drink!

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