The Benefits of Juicing

 

With midterms in full swing and the usual fall flu and cold going around, I figured there couldn’t be a better time to talk about how we can protect ourselves. Outside of lots of hand sanitizer and Emergen-C, there are many other things we can do to better our mental and physical health, including juicing.

You’re probably thinking, “I can drink juice and feel better?” but it’s true, you can. I’ll admit I was hesitant too but after my experience, I’m a true believer. Click read more below to learn the benefits of juicing, which ones are best for your concerns, and my new favorite Lincoln Park juice spot.

 

 

To make this a bit easier, I’ve created three categories that are common concerns and a few things that can help out with each. All of the items mentioned are from Owen + Alchemy, a great juice apothecary that recently opened up a Lincoln Park location on Webster Avenue, just a short walk from DePaul’s campus. What I love the most about O+A is that their ingredients are farm fresh and everything actually tastes good and enjoyable. Their juice isn’t something I drink while plugging my nose. In fact, that’s exactly what O+A isn’t about.

IMMUNITY

I’m not even going to lie.. This one was VERY gingery but that is to be expected. It didn’t taste bad but the ginger did warm my throat up a lot from all the flavor. This warmth is actually one of the benefits of a ginger shot. In general, it supports healthy digestion and immunity making it particularly great to take when you’re feeling a cold coming on. If you feel sick with the flu, it can help prevent nausea as well.

STRESS + ANXIETY

If you read my post this past summer about my struggle with anxiety, you may know I struggle with a GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and was on medication for it for about two years. Fortunately, now I manage it without medication and lots of essential oils. Unsurprisingly, eating and drinking the right foods can help a lot.

58 is a nut/seed based juice with cold-brewed organic coffee, raw almond and cashew, maca, and maple syrup. This juice is energy building and the maca makes it super mood boosting. This is a much healthier way to drink caffeine than your normal cup of coffee. You’ll still be productive and energized too.

DETOX

As stressed college students, it can be really easy to just eat like crap during midterms or finals week. If you find yourself needing to detox a bit, O+A has two juices I love for this. The first of which is 25, a citrus based juice with lemon, cucumber, rosemary, alkaline water, raw agave, and activated charcoal. It’s rehydrating and detoxifying, both of which you’ll need after a night of binge drinking or eating. There’s also 15, a fruit based juice with apple, ginger, lemon, and cayenne. It supports digestion and of course is detoxifying as well.

If you have an upset stomach, O+A even has some food items including A1 which are raw and sprouted almonds. They have a layer of probiotics on them too which we all know support healthy digestion.

What do you think of the benefits of juicing? Would you consider regularly drinking juice to better your own physical and mental health? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to stop by Owen + Alchemy!

 

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