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Organic Juicing And Why You Should
When you are starting a juicing regime you will some important choices to make. Of course, you could purchase cheap fruits and vegetables for your juicing recipes, but there are a lot more benefits to choosing organic options over their cheaper counterparts. Here's a few key things to consider...
You'll Avoid More Pesticides
One of the main points of juicing, is that your body is able to absorb the nutrients straight away. If you eat fruit and vegetables before they have been juiced, your body has to spend time digesting them, but you don’t have this problem with juices.
Juice is absorbed by body within minutes of consumption. When you drink organic juice, this is very healthy for you as there are not harmful chemicals or toxic products. You will benefit from the nourishment, vitamins, minerals, and water content of the juice immediately.
When you drink juices made from traditionally grown produce, the same happens. Your body doesn't need to do much to digest the juice so the juice constituents are absorbed into your body within minutes - good and bad.
This is supported by studies of various crops by governmental agencies and the EWG™ yearly pesticide residue studies that provide the Dirty Dozen™ list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residue on them, with apples making the list for 3 years running, along with grapes, celery, cucumbers, spinach, peaches and kale.
Harmful chemicals that can be found in commercial fruits and juices have been linked to cancers, hormone disruption, and infertility issues. These harmful properties all add up to bad consequences to your health. If you are working this hard for your health, you don't want to sabotage yourself by buying the cheaper produce, just to have to pay a pricey medical bill later.
This is why it is so important to remember to choose organic for your juicing every time. For myself, I've decided that it is worth the extra cost to know that I'm making the best possible health decisions.
Organic ingredients are more expensive because of the extra work that goes into the production. With organic food, the farmers must take extra care of their crops, often growing smaller quantities to ensure that their produce is of the highest quality, and to have better pest management recourse. Fruits and veggies that are priced cheaper, are often priced that way because they are mass produced - and as with most things that are mass-produced, there is a bit less care and love put into the growing process. This cheap produce is more likely to be grown in a mono-crop fashion and heavily sprayed with fertilizers, fungicides, and insecticides. Mono-cropped produce also tends to deplete the soil of nutrients, which can affect the nutritiousness of the fruits and vegetables grown on that land. Additionally, many of chemical additives used to grow the produce in these compromised conditions have been linked with several health problems and are a controversial part of food production. Given flawed regulatory systems, it is hard to know what agricultural chemicals are truly "safe" to ingest, so I prefer to ingest the purest, most natural veggies and fruits I can find.
Improved Immune System
When you choose organic, over commercially-grown produce, your immune system can benefit. Given that commercial produce has had more exposure to chemical pesticides and fertilizers, that produce will presumably also host less good bacteria. By choosing organic, your body will be better at fighting diseases and illnesses because you will be ingesting more of those important good bacteria. In a study published online Nov. 5, 2015, by Science, University of Chicago researchers found that introducing a particular bacterial strain into the digestive tracts of mice with melanoma prompted their immune systems to attack tumor cells. The study concluded that "the gains were comparable to treatment with anti-cancer drugs called checkpoint inhibitors!" Wow! And in case that doesn't convince you, research published in February 2016 Journal of Applied Microbiology, found that the bacterial strain Akkermansia muciniphila could "prevent inflammation that contributes to fatty plaque buildup in arteries. Scientists believe the effect was due to a protein that blocks communication between cells in the inner lining of the gut. As a result, fewer toxins from a poor diet could pass into the bloodstream, which in turn reduced inflammation." If you want to learn more you can check out this article published by Harvard Medical School.
So, all in all, it seems that going for the organic fruits and veggies will be your best bet if you are looking to get the most out of your juicing regimen.
Happy juicing my friends!