Juicing is when you put fruits and vegetables through a juicer (show juicer) and almost all of the fibre is removed. (show pouring) I think it’s important to note that it’s a myth that all of the fibre is removed via juicing.
There are 2 main types of fibre in fruits and vegetables – insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre adds bulk to our stools, it helps fill us up and speeds the food up through our digestive tract. Most of the insoluble fibre is removed during juicing although it is still present in small amounts. Soluble fibre absorbs water like a sponge, providing bulking matter which acts as a prebiotic to support good bacterial growth. Soluble fibre includes pectins, gums and mucilage which is still present in the juice.
Many people find that incorporating juicing actually improves their digestion and bowel movements due to the soluble fibre in the juice combined with the extra nutrients and hydration. Of course, having all the fibre intact is beneficial, but there are also benefits to removing it too. This is because when it is removed you get a denser and more concentrated form of nutrients which are easily assimilated by the body due to it being liquid. Insoluble fibre slows down the absorption of micronutrients, so juicing is fast-tracking your nutrient intake. This is especially beneficial when someone is trying to heal, as their body’s ability to absorb nutrients and digest food is effected.
(show drinking) Freshly squeezed juices restore and rejuvenate the body and nourish it on a cellular level. Most people simply don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. Juicing allows you to massively increase your intake of these plant foods which otherwise might be hard eating them whole or in a smoothie.
Could you imagine sitting down to eat 6 leaves of kale, 2 celery sticks, 1 cucumber, 1 lemon and 2 apples? For some that might be appealing, but to most, probably not.
It is true that some nutrients are lost via the pulp, but a large percentage still remains and the benefits of juicing highly outweigh that small negative. I personally LOVE juices because they are so healing, therapeutic and restorative.
Smoothies are made in a blender (show blending) and consist of the entire fruit and vegetables, skin and all, blended into a liquid drink. (show pouring) They contain all of the fibre, creating a slow release of nutrients and tend to be more filling.
Although not as easily digested as juices, they are still quite easily assimilated, as the fruits and vegetables are pre-digested (fibres are pulled apart) during the blending process. This is fantastic because people tend to not chew their food properly, so by drinking smoothies you absorb the nutrients so much better.
In conclusion, I believe juices and smoothies both have an essential place in a healthy diet. They each have incredible benefits, and using them in combination will help you to increase your nutrient intake and experience healing, rejuvenation and increased energy levels.
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