Drinking freshly made vegetable juices on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do to promote your own health and well being. Although fruit juices are also great for health, they are a wonderful source of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients, they are also high in sugar. For this reason it is a good idea to make the majority of your juices from vegetables, which are much less sugary than fruits. So what are the wonderful health benefits of juicing vegetables?
Fresh vegetables juices are among the most alkaline of all food sources and can help to bring our bodies back from the modern epidemic of acidity. Sugar, most sugar substitutes, sodas, commercial processed fruit juices, meat, fish, seafood, cheese, grains and most prepackaged/processed foods are all acidic forming in the body. So it is no wonder that most of us have a body and blood PH that is too acidic. The actually ideal PH levels is neutral to slightly alkaline 7 – 7.5Ph.
A body that is too acidic is susceptible to a whole host of health problem. Acid reflux, heartburn, gout, poor skin quality are all possible symptoms of over acidity. Because disease also grows faster in acidic environments and over acidic body PH is now being linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease and also the development of bacterial disorders and fungus such as candida albicans.
So drinking a fresh vegetable juice every day is worth its weight in gold just because of its high alkaline PH level and how much that can help us ward off the health issues of over acidity.
The Health Benefits of Chlorophyll
When we talk about the health benefits of chlorophyll we are referring to the health benefits of green vegetables only and not vegetables of other colors. Chlorophyll is actually the plant pigment that puts the wonderful green color into plants, trees and vegetables. So if you are drinking a healthy green juice recipe you know you are providing yourself with a rich concentration of chlorophyll. The darker the green the better. So dark leafy greens like spinach and kale and also wheat grass are among the best food sources of chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is essentially the ‘blood of plants’ and amazingly the chemical structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to that of a component of our own red blood cells called hemin. There is actually only one tiny difference. Chlorophyll has a magnesium atom at its center and hemin has an iron atom at its center. The good news is that when we eat or drink sources of chlorophyll our own digestive system turns the chlorophyll 100% into hemin! In other words, the chlorophyll has been turned into red blood cells. So chlorophyll is great for helping to improve our red blood cell count. If we mix beet juice with our green juices then we can increase our benefit further because beet juice is a great source of iron.
To your health