The Fountain of Juice
Fresh Cold Pressed Juice IS the New Fast Food
By Gretchen Rene
Now a 10 billion dollar industry, fresh pressed juice is even making Starbucks nervous! So much so that they have opened their own juice bar. However, their juice is not claiming to be completely organic. Are they pressing pesticides? No thanks. The most efficient way to add fruits and vegetables to a diet, of late, more and more Americans are turning juicing into their 'fast food' choice.
When you’re hungry, a hormone produced in the stomach (called ghrelin) interacts with the neurotransmitter NPY in the brain, signaling to you that your body’s energy levels are low and you need food. NPY lives in the hypothalamus, a part of your brain that controls your energy levels, memory, and emotion. In the context of food, the hypothalamus is like a 24-hour bouncer looking out for your energy, keeping constant tabs on when you need your next meal.
Once you eat, your food breaks down into glucose, which is like fuel for your brain. In order to maintain alertness, your brain functions best when there is a consistent amount of glucose in your blood. You can get this short-term glucose fix from a Snickers bar or a banana, but the trick to keep your energy levels functioning at peak performance. The goal is knowing which foods help you maintain optimal glucose levels, while at the same time making you feel full longer! Here is the catch.
Energy rich foods (like those high in fat and sugar) were attractive to early humans and needed to be taken advantage of if they became available. As a result, these foods became more desirable in order to survive. The problem is, recent research indicates that continual intake of food that’s high in fat or sugar overrides your body’s ability to tell you when you’re full. So the more unhealthy food you eat, the more you desire it.
Making smart food choices boosts your mental health and your physical health. There is also a link between good mental health and eating whole, unprocessed foods. What you eat also affects how easily you can relax at night and get high-quality sleep. Where does the juice come in? Foods packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients contain a variety of protective substances that can lower disease risks and boost the body’s immunity.
Taking a quick break during the afternoon lull, to grab a fresh juice on the go is easy and satisfying. Fresh, cold pressed, organic juice is the new fast food.
At least 2.7 million people around the world die each year as a result of not getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diets, according to the World Health Organization. Eating a healthy diet instead of an unhealthy diet can help you get all the essential nutrients you need and limit your risk for a number of health conditions. I do it, because it makes me feel better. I have more energy when I take a juice break during the day. It's faster than a sit down meal, and more fulfilling, my body feels nourished and fueled. I have a more consistent energy level throughout the day, when I maintain this schedule. What is not to love! When I get a juice during the day, I experience no stomach problems as I often did after a fast food meal. My mind and energy are more clear and I am more content.
Antioxidants, poly-nutrients, leaner body, glowing skin, improved mood, reduced cravings the list goes on. People underestimate their capacity for change. Nothing extreme, I challenge you to a fresh, organic, cold pressed juice break rather than a candy bar during today’s afternoon lull. Give your body a chance to decide for itself!