Let’s first talk about your metabolism. Much has been said about that word. But the bottom line is that it refers to every single function that happens in your body. If you have a slow metabolism, all that means is that there’s some functions in your body that are not performing up to speed. They’re not working as well as they could be.
Now, here’s the thing. Your metabolism, believe it or not, does not function off of calories—it functions off of very specific nutrients. These nutrients are needed by your body on a daily basis in order to run optimally. What happens if you don’t have these nutrients? Your body downshifts and start storing fat. It starts shutting down some of the systems so that it can preserve you. Your body is a survival mechanism and that’s all it cares about. It does not care about weight loss.
Unfortunately, in today’s time, there’s very, very little nutrients in our food supply. Even if you think you’re having the healthiest diet in the world, you’re still lacking the nutrients you need in a day. Why? Because the soil where our food grows is depleted. The environment is toxic. So even though we eat, we keep becoming undernourished, and our undernourished body feels a threat to survival so it starts holding onto fat like a sponge holds on to water. That’s also why some people remain overweight even though they may not be eating a lot of food.
So why juicing?
A great way to get your nutrients, your vitamins, your minerals, your antioxidants–all of the things that your metabolism needs to have–is through juicing. The reason why is it’s such a high concentrate of nutrients. This is a really fast, convenient way of getting all of your veggies in, especially if you’re somebody who doesn’t particularly like vegetables.
Some juicing tips
The most common juicing juices are loaded with fruits and maybe just a sprinkle of the leafy greens. Take note, however, that the most effective kind of juicing does not involve fruits. When you juice fruits, you literally are just extracting out the sugar from the fruit. So you’ve got the fiber that’s the actual fruit and then when you juice it, all that comes out is the juice which is straight sugar. Another thing is that you should also avoid adding in non-leafy green vegetables. Take for instance your beets and carrots. Even though these are considered vegetables, they’re super high in starchy carbs, which turns to sugar when you juice them.
Hence, my recommendation is to just juice greens, just green vegetables. Add in a good base—veggies that have a ton of water content in them like celery and cucumber. Next, add in the dark, leafy green like kale, spinach, cilantro, parsley, collard greens or chard. Finally, add in one whole lemon and maybe even ginger to take away the bitter taste. At first, this concoction might taste a little bit funny. But I promise you, after a week of this, your body will begin to crave it! On the days that you juice, you’ll notice that you can go for up to a whole day without feeling hungry. That has to do with that amount of nutrients that your metabolism gets first thing in the morning. You’ll definitely be amazed, so go ahead and try juicing today!