My friend Catherine and I have been talking about getting together for a juice date since I got my juicer in May, last night we finally did (thanks Catherine for being the inspiration of this blog!)! I bought the Omega slow masticating juicer with my birthday money this year and love it. It also helped me make a bushel of tomato sauce/salsa and I can even make homemade pasta with it, which is so easy and delicious! Although I go through seasons of juicing more than others, I think it was money well spent.
There is a lot of discussion about what’s actually better for you, juicing or blending? When you juice you remove all the fibre in the vegetable or fruit which leaves you with pure juice. When you blend, the fibre is all blended up into the smoothie, which is more filling and takes longer to digest. I think both are actually really great and important. The benefit of juice is that it instantly goes into your blood stream (because there is nothing to digest), providing you with a lot of amazing nutrients. You need to be careful juicing fruit though, because that’s in instant spike of sugar/insulin in your body which isn’t good! Veggies are the way to go.
There are a couple things I remember from the first book I ever read on health: 1. Don’t consumed bleached sugar or flour because apparently they use benzoyl peroxide, literally the bleach that is also in acne face wash. That disgusted me. 2. If you’re going to supplement your diet with anything, the two most important things are liquid greens and fish oil. So when I’m not juicing I try to always have my greens. They take some getting used to but well worth it for your health!
According to Dr. Mercola, these are the top 3 reasons to juice. I’d also add that greens and fresh veggie juice are great for detoxing your body.
1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.