Juice fasting is on the rise. The idea behind it is simple. Get yourself from fresh, organic, naturally and locally grown produce and juice them, skins and all. Then you drink the juice and supposedly get all the nutrients and vitamins right out of it without taking in nearly as many calories. This is an extremely calorie restricted diet that emphasizes how many vitamins and nutrients your body is going to get. The idea is, who needs calories when you’ve got all of this going for you? The question then is whether or not you’re really getting everything they claim you are.
Are You Eating More Veggies
First of all, we need to establish that whether or not you’re getting “more” is a very relative term. If you’re a red meat and potatoes kind of guy, then you’re definitely going to be getting more vitamins and nutrients because you’re going to be getting more veggies in you than you normally would on any particular given day.
However, if you’re already a vegan than you might not actually be upping your vegetable intake by very much. If you’re already getting in your full day’s dietary needs of fruits and vegetables there’s no reason to think that juicing is going to be giving you so many extra fruits and vegetables that you’ve never had before. There’s no reason to believe that, and people who already have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and veggies are going to get less out of making the switch than people who rarely got their veggies in.
You Get More Vitamin A
Most people focus on getting in their vitamin C. This comes from citrus especially, but pretty much all fruit will give you at least some Vitamin C. This is essential for boosting your immune system, but it’s not as needed as vitamin A. This is what keeps your teeth pearly white, your hair strong and long, and your skin smooth. This is the vitamin that not only protects against the signs of aging but actually makes it so that your cells are less likely to appear old and outdated.
You Get More Calcium
Honestly, milk is a great source of calcium, but so is spinach. If you’re not already making sure that you’re getting all the iron and calcium that dark, leafy greens can provide you with you’re missing a huge chunk of a balanced diet right there. You’re not going to get as much of the dietary iron and calcium as you would if you sat down to a nice spinach salad, but one step at a time is appreciated. You’re already doing better jut by making sure that you’re getting these vitamins at all.
You Get More Vitamin D
The sunlight is the best source for vitamin D, but you can take what you can get. Dark colors in vegetables, like the ruby reds of tomatoes and dark, dark greens of spinach, show that the plant is high in vitamin D. You need this to help metabolize your food and to make sure that you can actually repair your bones when they get stressed.
You Need Fats to Process These Nutrients
Of course, there is one huge catch: you can’t store all these vitamins and nutrients indefinitely. And, contrary to what many people want you to think, you can’t even process vitamins D and A, or calcium, without fats. Fats help break down the long strings of nutrients into building blocks that your body can actually use. If you’re just drinking the juices, you’re not going to get the fats that you need to put these nutrients to good work.