Love to Juice? Why your liver will thank you for it...

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 Serious juice fans will tell you that juicing can change your life.  The benefits of juicing have been much talked about for years, yet what was once considered to be the domain of only the most serious of health enthusiasts is now enjoyed by many – today, juicers adorn the kitchen worktops of many a household in the UK.

✓  Juicing for detox

One of the most talked about benefits of juicing is to support the detox process.  Juice fasts to support liver detoxification are all the rage; many are still unsure however, whether there’s any real benefit to them or they’re just another fad.

✓  Juice fasts are centuries old

While juice fasts may seem like a hot trend, there’s actually nothing new about them.  Juice fasts have been around for centuries – historically, cleansing has been used as a way to bring balance back into peoples lives.  A juice cleanse usually involves between 3 - 5 days liquid-only diet.  The liquids on these days would commonly be a combination of freshly made raw vegetable and fruit juices - prioritising vegetables over fruit.

✓  More energy for the liver

Part of the rationale behind the 3-day liquid only fast, is to take the energy away from digestion so that this can be directed towards the liver.  Hardly any digestive work is needed to process raw, vegetable juice rich in active enzymes.  Unlike a heavy meal containing foods that typically feature in a Western diet such as grains, meat and dairy, which takes a lot of energy to digest, vegetable juice makes it into the system very quickly.

✓  Concentrated nutrients

Raw juices provide nutrients in a concentrated form, which is great news for detoxification since it is a highly complex process requiring many different nutrient co-factors.  Vegetable juices providing this concentrated hit are therefore a perfect way to ensure this process runs smoothly.     

✓  Support phase 1 & phase 2 detoxification processes

It’s important to ensure you are supplying key nutrients needed for both phase 1 & 2 liver detoxification processes.  In addition to vegetable juices you can use a nutrient-dense powder formulation based on low allergy potential and easily digested rice protein concentrate on the juice cleanse which will also help to support both pathways.  Key nutrients needed include magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C, and amino acids glycine, taurine, sodium sulphate and catechins from green tea.

Ready to get juicing? Try this...

If you’ve been juicing for a while, you’ll probably be adept at making up your own concoctions, (mine are usually based less on recipes and more on whatever’s in the fridge!).  However if you’re keen to get started and want some guidance there’s a few easy steps you can take to make sure your first few attempts are palatable enough to not put you off for good!  Start with equal parts of carrots, cucumber and celery, add a piece of ginger and a handful of parsley.  Add a handful of spinach and an apple.  Please note, it’s particularly important to use organic fruits and vegetables when juicing.  

Think you could do with a cleanse?

Most people will benefit from taking some time away from a normal diet to concentrate on giving the liver a break, whilst also supplying key nutrients needed to optimize its function.  It’s a bit like a health MOT and really is something that should be done regularly, just as ancient wisdom suggests.  If this is something you’re interested in, now’s always a great time to get started.  For more information please contact Nutri Advanced on 0800 212 742 and press option 1 or email info@nutri.co.uk