Author: Juliet White
We all know the benefits of eating a healthy balanced diet and consuming more fruit and vegetables, but what many people don't know is that vegetable juice helps to maintain the critical pH balance of the body.
But what's so important about maintaining the body's pH balance?
The Body's pH
For the body to function properly and survive, it should be slightly alkaline (between 7 and 7.5) and have a balanced pH value.
A balanced pH:
- Protects the body against damage from free radicals and prevents premature aging
- Helps the body maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Keeps blood pressure at a healthy level
- Keeps insulin levels normal and prevents unhealthy weight gain
- Allows the heart to function properly
- Promotes energy production
- Keeps our immune system, digestive system, organs and bones healthy
As we get older, our bodies are affected by our busy and stressful lives, exposure to environmental toxins and the food we eat, all of which cause our bodies to become more acidic. Gradually, our bodies become less able to deal with this acidity and are no longer able to neutralize it properly. Suddenly, our bodies change from a childhood state of alkalinity to being excessively acidic.
An imbalanced and acidic pH level affects everything in the body because it affects cellular activity and can cause acidosis (toxic acid waste), which, in turn, can lead to health problems and disease.
Having an imbalanced, acidic body can cause:
- Low energy levels and fatigue
- Weight gain
- Premature and accelerated aging
- Heart disease - due to cardiovascular damage.
- Diabetes and insulin disorders
- Hormonal problems and imbalances
- Kidney, bladder and liver problems
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure
- Immune problems
- Neurological diseases
- Problems sleeping
How to Combat Excess Acidity
One easy way to combat this excess acidity and to restore a healthy, balanced pH level is to consume more alkaline foods, like vegetable juices.
As a guide, 75-80% of our diet should be made up of alkaline foods such as vegetables, fruit, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, almonds, soybeans, yogurt and whey. The average western diet of meat, pasta, rice, junk food, coffee, candies and cakes, is highly acidic and does not tend to be rich in alkaline foods, but you can change this dramatically by adding just a few glasses of vegetable juice to your daily diet. Vegetable juicing will allow you to make your diet, and your body, more alkaline and so protect you from the health problems associated with high acidity.
Vegetable Juicing Benefits
Not only will drinking raw vegetable juices reduce your body's acidity and restore a healthy pH balance, you will also reap many other health benefits:
A more nutritious diet - Raw vegetables are higher in nutrients than cooked vegetables and vegetable juice is a concentrated source of essential nutrients. These nutrients boost the immune system and help the body to function properly and stay healthy.
Detoxification - Vegetable juice will help to detoxify your body, allowing the body to get rid of harmful waste products and toxins.
Better digestion - The enzymes found in vegetable juices will aid digestion, by replenishing enzyme levels.
A more varied diet - Juicing vegetables allows you to combine many different types of vegetables and to consume them in one drink.
Quick use of nutrients - Vegetable juices are easy to digest and the nutrients from the vegetables can be used by the body's cells within 10 minutes of drinking.
A healthy digestive system - Research has shown that consuming up to one liter of vegetable juice per day can treat all manner of digestive problems.
To be able to juice a wide range of vegetables, you will need a top-quality, professional juicer such as the Omega 8005. A juicer like this will enable you to experiment with different vegetable combinations, enjoy delicious vegetable and fruit juices, and lead a healthy life.
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