A properly nourished body does not have abnormal cravings and is at its physical, mental and emotional best, but without adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables, that can be a hard feat to accomplish.
Here is where juicing and blending comes in. It is such a quick, easy and healthy way to replenish vitamins, minerals and enzymes and to get closer to those 5 – 13 recommended servings a day.
When using a juicer, the juice is extracted from the pulp and so allows us to pack more fruits and vegetables, and therefore more concentrated amounts of nutrients, into just one glass. However, some of the vitamins and minerals are left behind from the skin of the fruits, and pulp has fiber that is beneficial for the body. So sometimes, blending is also a good choice. Therefore, when I get asked “is juicing or blending better?” I respond… “Do both! And as a rule of thumb, juice vegetables and blend fruit.”
Fruit and vegetable juices each have their benefits. Fruit juices are some of the best cleansers for the body and vegetable juices are toning and rejuvenating down to the cellular level. Vegetable juices strengthen the immune system, reduce acidity, fortify the blood, strengthens the organs, nerves and glands. They are also potent cleansers of the digestive tract and blood. Fruits are healthy and tasty when blended into fiber rich smoothies.
Note: When blending fruits for smoothies, always add ice cubes, water or milk (almond, rice or coconut) to dilute the sugar, especially if you have challenges with blood sugar balance.
Here are 5 benefits of juicing:
1. Quicker absorption of nutrients in the fruits and vegetables.
2. Easier to get the recommended daily amount of fruits & vegetables as opposed to eating them.
3. Ease of adding a wide variety of vegetables to your diet.
4. Great way to enhance detoxification.
5. Great aid in weight loss.
Vegetable juice is HIGHLY perishable. As soon as the extracted juice is exposed to oxygen, it starts to breakdown; a process called oxidation. So it is best to drink all of your juices immediately after making them. This can pose a problem to those with time constraints. Although not ideal or recommended, you can store them up to 24 hours with only a moderate nutritional decline.
Stored juice is definitely better than no juice!!!