Juice – who doesn’t love it? It’s the easier, more pleasant way to get vitamins from fruits and veggies without the hassle of chewing. Juice is the better alternative to sugary carbonated drinks, and is a sweet drink that is actually healthy and enjoyable. As students, we may not always have time to have a well-balanced and nutritious meal, or we may prefer to eat fast food instead. So, while juices are no substitute for an overall balanced diet, they can help offset less-healthy food choices. Drinking juice on a regular basis can bring a variety of benefits:
1. Fresh juice is packed with nutrients.
In a culture and age where fast food is increasingly popular and normalised, most of us rarely consume a balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables. Besides that, there is the fact that sometimes vegetables just don’t taste very good. With juices, you can mix your vegetables with sweet fruits to counter the sometimes less-than-desirable taste of vegetables and still get all the nutrients you need.
2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner.
95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. We would need to eat 900 grams of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 3.6 kilograms of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 500ml packet of juice. Absorbing nutrients from juice is also easier on your digestive system as it gets a rest from working on all that fibre.
3. Juice has healing properties.
Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and stroke, three of the leading causes of death.
One juice I personally recommend is ABC juice (Apple, Beetroot, and Carrot). This drink has gained fame as a “miracle drink” due to the countless benefits it brings to your brain and body; and for us students, it is a great addition to our diets.
This juice contains an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants that are essential to many parts of our body.
Apples are good for our heart and lungs, beetroots are heart-friendly and anti-aging, and carrots are good for our skin and muscles.
1.Drinking this juice can also have an impact on our academic performance.
2.It helps to sharpen memory and enhances brain functions.
3. It also has a soothing effect on the eyes.
4. The drink can help eliminate dryness, redness and tiredness of the eye (especially after hours of working on our homework!)
5.It can give relief to cramps and pain.
6.For the ladies having severe menstrual pain, this drink can make the cramps more bearable.
7.Pain due to strenuous exercise can also be alleviated.
Insider tip: Try out ABC juice at $1.20 a cup from our very own fruit juice stall in NYJC i.e. Fruit Garden.
When taken on a daily basis, these other juices can also benefit you!
Watermelon: helps to detoxify your system and clears skin
Beetroot and/or spinach: replenishes iron in the blood, helpful for people with anaemia
Orange: strengthens immune system and helps with weight loss
Apple and celery or spinach: helps with migraine and headaches
Carrot: gets rid of throat infections
Pineapple: helps with asthma and hay fever
Of course, it is important to note that having a glass of juice is not a complete meal and that it should be taken in addition to your regular meals and never in place of it. Juices may provide you with an abundance of vitamins and nutrients, but your body does still need to consume a healthy amount of protein and fats to be healthy.