Some of our favorite ingredients to juice (we’re looking at you: carrots, beets, and watermelon) may play a role in boosting immunity, supporting athletic performance, and promoting skin, eye, brain, and heart health. But, nutrient-rich juice may also offer health benefits in more unexpected ways.
Below are some additional juicing benefits – from protecting your kidneys to helping you fight a hangover.
Ward off a headache.
Going too long in-between meals and snacks or skipping meals altogether can trigger migraines and headaches due to low blood sugar. Simply put, it’s a good idea to eat regularly throughout the day – including snacks if needed. Enjoy a glass of freshly made orange juice with a handful of almonds for a quick and easy balanced on-the-go breakfast or snack.
Kind to your kidneys.
Managing your blood sugar and eating (and drinking!) a well-rounded diet provides nutrients that may play a protective role in preventing kidney damage. A veggie-centric juice that is naturally lower in sugar won’t have the same impact on blood sugar levels as a more fruit-forward juice.
Protects your liver.
Your liver is one hard-working organ. Adopting healthy eating habits can help to prevent liver disease – in particular, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), or the result of excess fat in the liver unrelated to alcohol intake. Staying hydrated and consuming plenty of fruits and veggies are two general tips for a healthier liver. Drinking juice is one easy way to help meet both goals.
In a classic case of chicken or the egg, stress and anxiety can impact our appetites leading to skipped meals. But, dips in blood sugar can also induce anxiety. So, one of the best ways you can show yourself some love during stressful periods is to eat and drink balanced meals and snacks every few hours. And if you do have a reduced appetite, liquid nutrition, like juices and smoothies, are often more well-tolerated than eating hearty meals
Fight a hangover.
Rehydrating is a must to help combat any hangover. Water or beverages containing natural electrolytes – which help to regulate the fluid levels in your body – are best. Even better? Hydrate while drinking your alcohol to help further avoid the hangover in the first place. Watermelon, for example, is particularly hydrating, being made up of more than 90 percent water. It’s also a natural source of the electrolyte, potassium.