We loved seeing all your smiling faces at our August free monthly seminar “The Greens Revolution”! If you couldn’t make it, or missed some of the information we have included it below.
What is Juicing?
The extraction of liquid from greens, vegetables, herbs and fruit. Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber.
The blending of the entire green, vegetable, herbs and fruit. Smoothies consist of the entire entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables. However, the blending process breaks the fibre apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest.) Smoothies tend to be more filling, due to the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice. They can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.
Benefits of Juicing & Smoothies
Both fresh juice and smoothies consist of the same base ingredients and great ways to get nutrients from raw-vegetarian sources into your cells. You can easily double or triple the amount of greens you currently eat. This improves your body’s alkalinity (pH) and can provide all the essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals and biophotons you need to restore your health, look younger, increase your energy and detox your body, never mind wearing a bikini in public.
Juicing and blending differs in the procedure and equipment used. Juicing uses more ingredients for the same volume of food as smoothies. Juice is less filling and contains no fats. Fats such as avocado and coconut oil can be added to smoothies as well as extra fiber such as flax seed, chia seeds and proteins along with omega 3 and 6 from hemp seed.
How Are Juices and Smoothies Different to Your Body?
They differ greatly in their approach to body healing and restoring of health.
Without all the fiber that smoothies have, the juice gives your digestive system a break, it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. Freshly squeezed vegetable juices are part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and they nourish and restore the body at a cellular level. Juices are predigested, as a result your body can shift from digestion to it’s healing efforts.
Juice can be absorbed into your bloodstream within 15 minutes of consumption! And if your juice is primarily fruit, you can spike your blood sugar very easily. Smoothies offer a slow, even release of nutrients into the bloodstream and avoids blood sugar spikes.
Juice fasting is not the same as having daily juice. Juice fasting is multiple days of only consuming juices. After 4 days of zero fiber, your body’s digestion turns off because there is simply nothing to digest. With digestion off, the body can use this extra energy to clean up your body. Without fats, after 2 weeks your body will begin to move from digesting fat for energy to digesting old cells and even tumors to consume protein and fats. Juice fasting is a topic all in itself and more extensive than I will cover here.
Why Make Fresh Juice or Smoothies versus Store Bought Choices?
My favorite result of going green with juicing and smoothies, is the increase of the biophotons in my cells. Biophotons are the smallest physical units of light, which are stored in, and used by all biological organisms – including your body. Vital sun energy finds its way into your cells via the food you eat, in the form of these biophotons. The expression of your biophoton level will display as a personal vitality and well-being. The more light a food is able to store, the more nutritious it is. Naturally grown fresh vegetables, for example, and sun-ripened fruits, are rich in light energy. The capacity to store biophotons is therefore a measure of the quality of your food. Enjoy high quantities of fresh, vine ripened organic food fills you with light energy.
Since removing Candida from my body and consuming large amounts of raw vegetables, I hear all the time how I have a “glow”, and this is the greatest change they see. Should you incorporate the green revolution into your nutrition program, you may feel the same as I do when amongst the produce in the grocery store or at a local farmer’s market. I feel happy next to sun ripened and organic fresh produce. My body knows they are filled with sunshine and I can use their light for my well being.
Choosing a Juicer
Juicing offers 3 different types of juicers: masticating, centrifugal and hydraulic pressing.
Centrifugal juicers are more commonplace, and in general, more affordable. They typically have an upright design in which food is pushed into a rapidly spinning mesh chamber with sharp teeth on its floor (~65,00+ RPM). The teeth shred the food into a pulp, and the centrifugal motion pulls the juice out of the pulp and through the mesh filter, where it is funneled out of the juicer via a spigot. Centrifugal juicers work best with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but not quite as well with leafy greens like kale or spinach, or with wheatgrass. Prices run $40 to $150. Popular centrifugal juicers include Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, Breville, Hamilton Beach, Juiceman and L’Equip.
Masticating juicers have a horizontal design or vertical (vert juicer) in which a tube containing the auger extends out of motorized base (~80+ RPM). Pieces of fruits and vegetables are pushed into the top of the tube, and they are crushed and squeezed by the auger. Juice drains out of the underside of the tube, while the pulp is squeezed out at the end of the tube. Because of the slower crushing and squeezing action, masticating juicers can process leafy greens and wheatgrass. They also don’t heat the juice which reduces oxidation and maintains it’s nutrition. Masticating juicers are pricier than centrifugal models; starting at around $230 for most models. Some of the brands to look for are Champion, Omega, Lexen, Samson and Green Star.
Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer offers no oxidation. Plants are pressed. All fruits and vegetables including difficult greens like parsley and wheat grass easily produce juice with the Norwalk Juicer. Takes less time and you get more juice however the price is $2,500!
Choosing a Blender
The best ones are expensive and will cost you about $300 at Costco and Amazon. I only suggest using a Vitamix or the Blendtec (my choice). Blenders of this caliber are able to unlock the inner life force, the nutrition of your food without losing anything in the process. Even eating an apple and chewing for a long time will not break down all the fibers the skin has to offer. By blending with a quality blender, you can break the food, the skins, and seeds into particle sizes beyond the micron level. Your result is a tasty smoothie with ALL the important phytochemicals and biophotons your body wants, deserves, and needs.
In addition to creamy, delectable smoothies, you can also look forward to making raw soups, sauces, ice cream, nut butters and the occasional margarita with this killer blender.
Both blenders offer long guarantees. The Blendtec has pre-programmed buttons for soup, ice cream, smoothie and other food recipes. I like the soup program because I can add raw food and the Blendtec will blend and warm the soup.
Whether you juice or blend, your good health is within sight and just a push of a button away.
References and Helpful Links
- ♥ Check out Dr. Mercola’s tips for “simple and quick ways to increase your servings of vital nutrients without actually eating several pounds of them every day”.
- ♥ Want to SEE the differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers? Watch these two YouTube videos and see the difference for yourself!