'Juicy J' In The House!
Juicing has quite literally changed our lives! My husband Lee and I discovered it some years ago now but other than flirting with it we never got down and dirty and became juice addicts. We are now 100% juice junkies, Lee even gets called 'Juicy J' by his mates!
So, why the love of juicing? It gets a bad press sometimes but I believe this is due to a lack of awareness and education on what juicing actually is and how it can help. Sure the shop bought juices are full of sugar, sweeteners and preservatives but otherwise how would you expect them to last in the supermarket? I am talking about homemade juices, the juice that comes from freshly extracted fruit and vegetables and thats it! Then there is blending, this is another great addition to the diet, but juicing uses a juicer, not a blender. I will explain the difference....
What is blending?
Blending in a quick summary is throwing all the fruit and vegetables you want to have into a blender (like a nutri-bullet or similar) and blending them into a smoothie style drink or thick soup like consistency which can be consumed as a smoothie bowl. You eat/drink everything you put into the blender, it has basically just been cut up and made into mush like baby food!
What is juicing?
Juicing is where you use a juicer which is a machine that extracts the part of the fruit or vegetable which is liquid and the pulp is pushed out and not consumed. This pulp contains the insoluble fibre and this is the fibre that our body cannot digest, it sits in our stomach and helps to make us feel full but then we push it through our digestive system and get rid of it. Even when we juice we still ingest fibre, the soluble fibre is a gel like substance which helps food to move through our digestive system and it is also a pre-biotic supporting the good bacteria we have in our gut.
Juicing is fantastic as it extracts the phytonutrients from the fruit and vegetables which have numerous positive health benefits. It is used often to cleanse or heal the body as the process of removing the insoluble fibre allows the digestive system to take a well earned rest and the nutrients pass into the blood stream at a much faster rate as the insoluble fibre is not available to slow the digestion down. It is like an intravenous application of all these fantastic nutrients flowing into our body in larger quantities than we could possibly eat or digest! Jason Vale, the Juice Master (it's true, he really is! Check him out at www.juicemaster.com) describes juicing as a 'nutrient express'!
What is best?
There are pros and cons to both methods, but there is also another option which is to make a juice such as a green juice with a little fruit and lots of green vegetables and then blend that juice with an avocado to make a lovely smooth, thick consistency. The most important thing to note I guess is that both options greatly increase an individuals intake of fruit and vegetables which are laden with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is important to look at the ratio of fruits to vegetables and as much as possible aim for at least 2/3 to 1/3 to be vegetables. Some people do not like the taste of vegetables or never eat them in their diet so these are great options to ensure you provide your body with what it needs, you can use ginger, lemons and limes for a kick and they mask the taste of most vegetables helping those who cannot eat them to still gain the benefit!
I could literally talk for days on this subject, but let me know if you want to know more and if you have any specific questions. I can't recommend it enough! Check out Jason Vales website and the film he did 'Super Juice Me' for some further inspiration to get started!
Cheers! Juicy J xx