Getting the right nutrients is something we should all strive for all of the time, but it becomes even more important when you are suffering from a medical condition. Juicing makes it easy for people to get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and can be especially beneficial to those suffering from diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and more.
Juicing and Diabetes
With diabetes, eating with certain restrictions can feel like a bit of a chore. Juicing offers diabetics some different options that mix things up a little for the palate while also making it easier to get the 3 to 5 servings of non-starchy vegetables every day as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collards pack a lot of nutrients with few calories or carbohydrates making them excellent for use a in a cold press juicer. Juicing using citrus fruit or berries offers up a tasty treat that’s also packed with loads of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Oranges and other citrus fruits along with berries like strawberries and blueberries are listed as “diabetes superfoods” on the American Diabetes Association website for their high amounts of immune-boosting vitamins and antioxidants, as well as for being a good source of soluble fiber.
Juicing and Cancer
Nutrition is so very important for a cancer patient, especially during treatment that can make eating difficult and lower your immune system. For someone undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, juicing can help to keep your weight and counts up even when you’re having trouble with chewing, swallowing, or nausea and other digestive issues. Though it’s recommended that someone undergoing cancer treatment try to eat most of their nutrition, juicing can be used as an alternative when needed and is recommended as a way to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables even when you are able to eat the recommended 5 servings daily of fruits and veggies. They recommend using mostly vegetables when juicing and add in a fruit to add some sweetness. Mix things up by experimenting with different produce and be sure to include cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, bok choy, and kale which support the body’s ability to detoxify and have been proven to lower the risk of certain types of cancer. And, most juicers are more than capable of juicing stems too so that you can get every last drop of nutrition from your vegetables.
Juicing and Arthritis
It’s been found that juicing may help to relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis. A study published in the journal, Osteoarthritis Cartilage, found that cherry juice helped with knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis, while another study in a 2012 edition of Journal of Food Studies found that it significantly reduced pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. And, another study has found that a compound found in cruciferous vegetables may help prevent the breakdown of cartilage associated with osteoarthritis. Juicing using these fruits and vegetables along with others offers suffers a healthy and natural way to boost immunity while also lowering inflammation and helping to keep their weight down for less stress on the joints.
As you can see, juicers can be quite beneficial whether you’re suffering from a medical condition as mentioned above or are just looking for another, simpler (and tastier!) way to get your nutrients for better health overall.
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Adrienne is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and fitness for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board. You can connect with Adrienne on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/writeradrienne.
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