The Benefits of Juicing Lani Rieger September 15, 2014 Be Healthy, Be One with Nutrition To juice or not to juice? Vegetables look better in a glass than on your plate! Juicing is an easy and fun way to tap into the rich source of vitamins in vegetables and fruits. 95% of vitamins and enzymes our bodies need come from the juice of fruit and vegetables, which makes your kale smoothie a highly-concentrated nutritional ambrosia. Although there has been some contention as to whether juicing is any better than simply eating, it’s safe to say you can drink more than you can eat. Drinking your produce takes less energy than consuming solid foods. For those who argue that they like their vegetables cooked, heating and cooking vegetables actually reduces or destroys some of their enzyme content which may impede digestion. Juicing is credited with alleviating skin diseases and immune disorders, reducing high blood pressure, cleansing, improving digestion, and fighting cancer. You can also add the remaining pulp to your smoothie so you don’t miss out on the dietary fiber in what you’re juicing. For the best results, drink your juice on an empty stomach. If you lead a busy lifestyle and just don’t have time to sit down and eat, consider storing cold-pressed juices in your fridge for those grab-and-go moments! Juicing is a great and healthy way to get the nutrition you need to get through your routines and allows for personal customization. Like all things, moderation is key so be sure to balance your smoothies with a regular, healthy diet.