How Juicing Helps with Happiness and Mental Stability
It would be difficult to consume all of the fruits and vegetables that contribute to happiness in a single week. But one of the many benefits of juicing is that it allows you to mix and match a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and enjoy myriad nutritional benefits.
The Mix and Match Game
All the recipes in this chapter contain a variety of fruits and vegetables that help fight stress and anxiety by providing a highly condensed version of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
By creating a juice that contains a teaspoon of flaxseed (omega-3), cantaloupe (carotene), bananas (carbohydrates), citrus fruit (vitamins B, C, magnesium, and many minerals) and berries (antioxidants), you can cover many of your nutritional needs in one glass of juice. The different combinations of fruits and veggies you can combine in juice are as endless as your imagination!
The Stress Connection
Juicing makes it easy and convenient to consume a diet that is low in fat and sugars and high in fiber. In addition, the carbohydrates found in produce and juice help increase serotonin levels in the brain, producing a feeling of calm.
The natural sugars in juice stave off lethargy and help maintain steady blood sugar levels, which can prevent wildly fluctuating highs, lows, and sugar crashes, while the essential fatty acids in produce may also play a role in alleviating depression. Studies show that people with deficiencies are more prone to anxiety.