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4 Surprising Reasons Drinking Fruit Juice Isn’t As Good As You Believe

4 Surprising Reasons Drinking Fruit Juice Isn’t As Good As You Believe

Whenever we read something about the health of our teeth or how we could lose weight, we see how bad soda drinks are. We’re told that they ought to be replaced by some healthier solutions, like homemade juices using organic fruits and vegetables. When you think about it, it really does sound like a much healthier way of introducing vitamins into your body. There’s nothing wrong with apple juice mixed with orange, cranberry, or blueberry juice. Or is there?

Well, according to some new studies, fruit juices might not be as healthy as we initially thought. The most common problem is that they contain large amounts of natural sugars, which is still bad for you even though they’re from a healthy source. So, what else is wrong with a glass of fruit juice that you yourself squeezed?

1. Sugar is sugar, no matter the source

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Types of sugar

    As I just mentioned, fruits are naturally loaded with a lot of sugar. Typically around 10 per cent of fruit is pure carbohydrates, a fancy name for sugar. It is true that drinking fruit juice will provide your body with many more vitamins and minerals than a typical soda, but this does not mean that the benefits outweigh the downfalls.

    While juices are loaded with antioxidants, which is an extremely good thing since these can slow down the damage done to our body by free radicals, juices usually lack the dietary fiber that is present in the fresh, whole fruit.

    However, if we look at the energy value juice has, it has the same number of calories, or even more, than an ordinary soda drink. This all leads to the conclusion that while fruit juice does have more beneficial vitamins and minerals, because it has the same amount of calories it is not recommended in large quantities due to the risk of developing sugar-related diseases and health issues, such as diabetes.

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    2. Store-bought fruit juice has hidden surprises

    Fresh orange juice

      Processed fruit juice is not as healthy as they want you to think. And it doesn’t matter that the label says it’s 100% natural, or healthy. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some chemicals added to prolong its shelf-life. Simply put, the vitamins in juice deteriorate over time, meaning that the beneficial effects of the fruit juice disappear.

      Also, prolonged storage can diminish the taste of juice. Many manufacturers add flavor packs, which are not counted as concentrates or as additives, despite the fact that they are not commonly present in a juice. Because store-bought juice is stored in an oxygen-less environment, it loses its original taste, which is replaced by flavor packs. It doesn’t even matter if you are paying for a high-quality product; the chances are that it is far from being the same juice you would get if you squeezed oranges in your own kitchen. All those ingredients added by the manufacturers are designed to make the juice seem fresh once you open the bottle.

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      3. The “light, healthy alternative” advertising is misleading

      Juice from various fruits

        Because drinking fruit juice is advertised as a much healthier option, people naturally assume that it has fewer calories and that they can drink unlimited amounts of it without being afraid of negative consequences. We all know that too much of a good thing can also be bad, and this cannot be more true for fruit and vegetable juices. Even if we consume only the juice we prepare at home, without any additional ingredients and sugars added, it is still a calorie bomb.

        Many people mistake juice as a good option for losing weight, while the effects can be quite the opposite. While there are certain combinations of different fruit and vegetables that can be squeezed and used to slightly improve weight loss, you should not go overboard with them or cut out other solid food sources. In order to avoid consuming too many calories, you can add water to your favorite mix to decrease the number of calories per cup, but you should never add honey or white (or even brown) sugar. While your body can tell the difference between different kinds of sugars, ultimately, all it sees are calories.

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        4. Fruit juice is not so good for your teeth

        teeth and smile

          The outer layer of your teeth is the hardest substance the body can produce. This enamel is harder than bones, but still, it is nothing if it exposed to the acids produced by bacteria that feed on sugar. When we drink high-sugar drinks we are soaking every nook and cranny of our mouth in them, which bacteria use to multiply. The simplest solution would be to thoroughly rinse your mouth or brush your teeth right after drinking fruit juice. Brushing your teeth after every major meal is actually what dentists recommend anyway, because you will quickly develop tooth decay if you wait until evening before cleaning your teeth.

          Another important thing to remember is that drinking apple juice is not the same as biting off a piece of apple. Juice lacks the fibers that are present in the whole fruit, which are necessary for proper digestion. Furthermore, chewing an apple will physically clean your teeth and will massage your gums, increasing the blood flow. Your body will expend energy to break a piece of apple down into small bits, and then will use more energy in your stomach to digest those bits. All that is not necessary when drinking already mashed fruit. Make sure to chew your fruit — there are no shortcuts to health.

          This all leads to the conclusion that fruit juice is not really the magical solution that we all hope for, especially if you want to lose weight and maintain good oral hygiene. While it is true that it has more vitamins and minerals than an ordinary soda drink, it also has the same amount of calories, so it’s not really a good substitution. You could prepare a fruit smoothie as a replacement for one meal, or better yet, eat the fruit fresh and chew it.

          Don’t trust whatever you hear on TV: make your own fruit juice at home, where you will be sure that there are no additives hidden behind a 100% natural label. Take care of how much you eat and do not get lulled into thinking that you can drink juices as much as you want. If you are planning on changing your diet, consult a dietitian, as only they can help you find the perfect regimen that will suit your body’s needs.

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          Ivan Dimitrijevic

          Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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          Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

          Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

          There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

          Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

          What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

          How can you get relief from neck pain?

          There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

          How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

          Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

          Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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          • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
          • How old are your mattress and pillow?
          • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
          • How do you manage stress?
          • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

          Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

          Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

          Remedies for Neck Pain

          Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

          1. Everyday Activities

          One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

          Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

          If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

          2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

          The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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          A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

          3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

          It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

          Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

          4. Stress and Stress Management

          Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

          5. Accident or Injury

          If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

          6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

          Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

          An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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          • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
          • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
          • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
          • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

           

          Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

          When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

          1. Gua Sha

          This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

          Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

          2. Swimming

          You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

          3. Chiropractic Massage

          Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

          The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

          When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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          I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

          You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

          What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

          Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

          A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

          • Cervical Manual Traction
          • Flexion-Distraction
          • Cervical Mobilization
          • Ultrasound
          • Cervical Drop Technique
          • Trigger Point Therapy

          There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

          The Bottom Line

          If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

          Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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