Juicing became popular in healthy circles decades ago and has never lost its allure, but now we are seeing an increase in interest, partially due to the recent release of documentaries touting its benefits, as well as an overall movement towards natural health and non-prescription remedies. The healthful qualities attributed to juicing by its advocates include the ability to assist in weight loss, increase energy levels, boost immune system function and even fight cancer.
There is no doubt that incorporating juicing fruits and vegetables into your daily routine makes it easier to reach recommended daily servings of these healthy foods and that increasing your intake of freshly made fruit and vegetable juices can have powerful effects on your health and wellness.
Juices purchased in grocery stores have endured extensive processing, have traveled long distances and are generally made from produce grown using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. With big companies, like Monsanto, pushing for more genetically modified produce, we can also assume that we will see an increasing amount of genetically modified fruits and vegetables in store-bought juices.
Knowing all of this, it is easy to see why health advocates shy away from commercial juices and urge people to consider making their own juices at home. Freshly made juices are significantly higher in nutritional value, and those nutrients are more bioavailable, which means your body will receive more of the vitamins and minerals it needs, and it will be easier for your body to access and use them. Further, fruits and vegetables begin to lose their nutritional value from the moment they are harvested, and they lose vast amounts of nutrients as soon as they are heated or processed for being made into juice.
This is why juicing your own produce makes a significant difference in the amount of nutrients you receive and is why so many people are now turning to juicing as an excellent way to improve their health, lower their risk for wide-ranging health issues, combat inflammation and chronic disease, lose weight, increase energy, enhance their body’s ability to function properly and improve overall wellness.
If you decide to begin juicing fruits and vegetables at home, there is no reason for you to not maintain this healthy habit while on the road. Sure, there are some considerations that might make us RVers not so sure if juicing on the road might prove to be a bit inconvenient, but I will be addressing those issues and showing you how easy it is to juice on the road in the coming blog post: Juicing on the Road – Part 2.