Juicing : Health Risks & Benefits

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Juicing seems to be the latest health craze. Juicing is an easy way to get more fruits and veggies into your diet as they are full of a myriad of important vitamins and minerals. Some of the benefits of juicing are :

Some vitamins are damaged by cooking, so the best way to get these nutrients is to eat them raw.

High water content in fruits helps body to eliminate water more efficiently.

Juices contain some amount of fiber, depending on how it is made. Like soft fruit and vegetable mode in blender will contain more fiber.

Our body absorbs nutrients faster in the juice form.

Juicing also carries potential dangers that could cause unwanted side effects and threaten your health.

Raw contaminated food can cause food borne disease like diarrhea and hepatitis.

Drinking juice can lead to increase in the blood sugar level suddenly as it gets absorbed quickly.

Can lead to weight gain, as juices are high in calorie and provide energy without relieving hunger.

Juicing for weight loss or cleansing purpose :

Going on a full juice diet can be unhealthy and dangerous, as juices do not provide the necessary nutrients for our body entirely. Fiber and proteins are definitely not the substitute of a whole diet.

If you are on medication, please consult your doctor before starting ‘juicing’, as some of the nutrients might react differently with your medication.

Green Tea

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Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world after water. However 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green. Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. Some of the benefits associated with green tea are:

Lowers cholesterol

Helps in maintaining mental alertness

Drinking green tea is linked to a reduced risk of clogged arteries

Drinking green tea might help increase blood pressure in elderly people,who have low blood pressure after eating

Sipping tea helps you slow down and relax and has a calming effect. Here’s how to make your next cup:

1. Don’t add green tea to boiling water. It’s bad for catechins, the healthy chemicals, in the tea.

2. Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the catechins easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb them.

3. Nutrient levels in green tea can vary. Pricier teas are usually richer in nutritional value as opposed to canned green-tea drinks.

The benefits of green tea are tangible and impressive indeed. However, green tea has been associated with a few side effects too. Some of which are listed:

1. Green tea is high in caffeine. If consumed too much, it can affect the mental health as well and cause problems like anxiety, mood swings or insomnia.

2. Tannins present in green tea affect the blood’s ability to absorb essential nutrients especially iron and this can lead to anemia. It can also cause digestive problems.

3. Mothers to be and new mothers should avoid drinking green tea as the caffeine present in it can have detrimental effect on child’s growing brain.

4. Drinking green tea in excess causes flushing out of calcium in the urine, which can lead to osteoporosis.

5. Consult your doctor before switching over to green tea if you are on medication or any kind of hormone stimulant.