Juice Your Way To Victory
The juicing hype stormed hard into the health community in the recent past, and while the talk isn’t as frequent and animated now, it’s still there. Why has the prospect of juicing still lingered? Wasn’t it a fad diet?
There are advantages to juicing though that might capture your attention however that have been proven and are supported by university studies. It has been discovered, is that with proper planning juicing can:
- Help increase daily intake of fruit and vegetables
- Help with weight loss
- Boost sports performance and muscle recovery
It’s easy to see how juicing can help you take in more fruit and vegetables. The weight loss aspect of juicing, however, gets a little more complicated. Vegetables and fruit are healthy, yes, but they do still provide calories. If you’re watching your weight, it would be best to add more vegetables than fruit which tends to have more calories and sugar.
The best use of juicing is for boosting physical activity. Especially high intensity activities like a good tennis match. How can juicing possibly support an athletic body? As we mentioned before, it helps to increase more vitamin and mineral intake as a result of increase in vegetable and fruit consumption, which is always good for an active body. Drinking fresh fruit juice has also shown to assist in removing lactic acid buildup in the muscles. There are a few choice juice ingredients though, that athletes might want to pay closer attention to.
In a University of Exeter study they found that the high concentration of nitrates in beet juice widens the blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and enables more oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, which leads to more efficient muscle and cardio performance in the body. The athletes in the trial drank juice from 3-5 beets about 3 hours before trials and performed about 3 percent faster. So adding beets to your juice can add speed and endurance to your tennis game!
A study in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that those drinking tomato juice experience faster muscle recovery and blood-sugar-stabilization, which is important for athletes who need to recover from their daily activities.
The anti-inflammatory agents in Montmorency cherries have also shown to reduce symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage like tomatoes according to a study done at the University of Vermont. Tart cherry juice has shown to reduce symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage
It isn’t advised to replace juice for your daily meals. Relatively speaking, juice lacks in insoluble fibers, protein, and fats that are essential to daily body functions—even more so for athletes. Instead, it is advised to drink juice like supplements. In the morning, 2-3 hours before your workout, or post-workout depending on your blend. To make up for the lack of proteins, fats, and insoluble fibers, you could add ingredients that are heavier in those nutrients like pineapples and avocados, or you could also add ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, sea salt, chia seeds, almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, and peanut butter. There are so many ingredient options, that adding juice to your everyday meals can only boost your playing game.
If you do decide to try juicing, you can cut down the costs by just using your blender and a cheesecloth instead of going out to buy a whole new juicer. Just make a smoothie of all your ingredients, and simply strain them through cheesecloth for juice! Start with one cup of juice a day for a month as a trial. If you like the results, then add more to your daily intake! One final tip, only make as much juice as you can drink in that same day. Fresh juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria if left for over a day. Happy juicing everyone!
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