I have been juicing and blending fruit and vegetables for at least 15 years now. I do both actively, but prefer juicing. I like to drink freshly prepared juices especially when I am fighting a minor illness or when detoxing, which is always since our environment and food supply is full of toxins. My juicing and smoothie regiment is a critical aspect of my Devirusizing protocol. But drinking freshly prepared juices is not equal to drinking smoothies. One is clearly better than the other. In this post, I will explain the differences as I see it, and have researched it.
When I worked at Whole Food Markets, I regularly asked customers, who were “strictly organic”, to consider a regiment for detoxing, daily, monthly, and quarterly. Many who go “strictly organic” do not detox, seeming to imply that being “strictly organic” alleviates this need. This is an illusion, in my opinion.
It is much wiser to eat organic when it matters. Refer to the 2020 Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists to determine when it matters. On this list released each spring, the Environmental Working Group (also known as the EWG) publishes a list of fruits and vegetables that experts at the nonprofit say contain elevated levels of pesticides that may be concerning. Now known as the Dirty Dozen list to health experts and in-the-know shoppers, the list has long called conventional farming methods into question, especially as the EWG also publishes a competing list called the Clean Fifteen that highlights produce containing little to no pesticides when grown conventionally.
It is better to eat organic when it matters, and wiser to not assume that there is no need to detox periodically. For in spite of going organic, we must accept that we are still living in a toxic world on many levels. We should include detoxing in our health practices. It is much wiser to complement healthy food choices, with detoxing. Juicing (and drinking plenty of distilled water) is a great practice for detoxing. This is a smarter way to Devirusize.
I also meet many people who sing the praises of juicing or blending (smoothies). Most people choose one over the other. Most that I’ve met, prefer smoothies over juices. They state obvious pros for smoothies, and cons for juicing, but leave out many pertinent facts when making this comparison. This is consistent with how most people practice being “healthy”, without pertinent facts.
I liken drinking fresh juices to drinking medicine, because it goes into the bloodstream within minutes, not requiring much digestion. Think about drinking a cocktail. After a few minutes, you feel it, because the alcohol goes into your bloodstream rather quickly. The same happens with juices, but not with smoothies.
Smoothies take hours to digest, namely due to the pulp and fiber content. Inclusion of the pulp and fiber content is a big plus for blending because fiber mitigates sugar spikes, and it feeds friendly digestive bacteria to the gut. But, concentrated fiber from smoothies can also ferment in your body causing digestive issues.
Juicing emulates our own digestion process, extracting the liquid nutrients that the body needs. The best way that the body can get nutrition is in liquid form. Smoothies, on the other hand, emulates chewing. Blending essentially chews our foods for us, but they still must go through the digestive process. Once completing the digestion process, the liquid nutrients enter our bloodstream, but much later.
Over the years, I resort more to juicing than blending. Juicing is more commonly recommended in most sophisticated alternative chronic illness regiments. It is rare that such regiments recommend blending. These regiments recognize that juicing has more nutrition, and works faster. Without the convenience of getting fiber and nutrition together, a wise person compensates for the absence of fiber by consuming good fiber and nutrition in their diets, in addition to juicing.
Regiments, such as the Gerson Therapy, in which juicing is a big aspect, has healed many patients of cancer. Such regiments recommend having a good drink to have in the morning. They also recommend meals that are complementary to other protocols.
I combine juicing and blending, by saving the pulp from juicing and adding it to smoothies. In the smoothies, instead of adding water or ice, I add juices that I freshly prepared.
Both methods, juicing and blending work. There is no compelling reason to select or stick to just one approach. The decision of which one you prefer is a personal one, relative to your health status and time. But, I feel that juicing is better than blending (smoothies).
I’ve done research on juicing versus blending, and include my personal experience with both to give you the pros and cons of each method.
I also provide tips on how to take advantage of each method’s benefits.
Juicing Pros – Extract Nutrients Like Our Digestive System Does
- It is easier to consume fruits and veggies as a juice
- Juicing introduces more nutrients to the body than does Smoothies
- Juices go into the bloodstream almost immediately
- Juicing results in better digestion – It is easier to digest
- Juices are micronutrients-rich
- Juices offer more quantity/quality of nutrition – You can add more produce to your juicing mixture
- Our body can only absorb nutrients in a liquid state
- Alternative healing therapies use juicing more than smoothies
- Juices are easier to drink
- Juicing outsources digestion for easy and quick absorption
Juicing Cons – Extract Nutrients Like Our Digestive System Does
- Juicing can cause more of a sugar spike
- Messy job – cleaning takes times
- Juices do not stay fresh long
- Juices are missing the fiber
- Juicing is less likely to cause yo)u to lose weight
- Juicing has more waste (of pulp
- Juicing can be more expensive – you can burn through a lot of produce, yielding only a relatively small quantity of juice
- Takes more time to prepare
Smoothies Pros – Blending Nutrients – Mouth Chews Like Blending
- You get the whole food fiber included
- Convenience – Smoothies are like one-stop shopping
- Smoothies are macro nutrient-rich
- Smoothies cause less of a sugar spike if you are selective about the contents and do not make smoothies a dessert
- Preparing smoothies is much faster and easier to clean
- Smoothies slow down the side effects of rapid detoxing
- Smoothies use less produce
Smoothies Cons – Blending Nutrients – Mouth Chews Like Blending
- Smoothies contain fewer nutrients – Oxidation negates nutrients – Fast and vicious blending adds air to the mixture – Multiple times the produce is chopped and exposed to oxidation
- Smoothies require adding ice or water which dilutes the nutrients
- Smoothies outsource chewing
- Smoothies take longer to digest – ferment in the body
- With smoothies, you add less produce to the mixture
- Preparing smoothies is a loud process
- Smoothies will cause more gas and bloating
- Smoothies are more challenging to drink
- Juice or Blend more veggies than fruit to reduce sugar
- Mix smoothies with freshly juiced juices
- Add fiber expelled from juicing into smoothies
- Don’t drink smoothies quicker than it would take to eat the same amount of food
- Add fats to juices – milk, butter, micronutrient-rich paste, etc.
- Hard fruits and veggies work best in a juicer because they contain more water
- Freeze juicing fiber and leftover greens stem and trim to use for blending – Use frozen veggies in smoothies
- Use beans, grains, nuts, and seeds in smoothies for protein
- Check Asian and International Markets for items to add after researching their benefits – Often I go to such markets armed with my smartphone to research the health benefits of produce whose name I cannot pronounce
- Do both Juicing and Blending; Don’t force yourself to pick one over the other
- Use smoothies as a meal replacement, not in addition to a meal
- Eat fiber during the rest of the day to compensate for juicing fiber loss
- Use all organic produce for blending and juicing to be safest
Juice or Smoothie: Which One Is Healthier? – CYNTHIA SASS, MPH, RD – May 17, 2016
A nutritionist weighs in on which beverage is the better choice for you.
Healthy foodies may agree on many nutrition topics, but here’s one that’s still up for debate: What’s better smoothies or juices? In my opinion, there are pros and cons to each drink, so it really comes down to your personal needs and goals. To figure out which one is right for you (regardless of what your friends, coworkers, or favorite celebs are sipping), here’s the lowdown on each beverage.
Smoothies are generally a blend of whole foods, which means you’re keeping all the nutrients from your fruits and veggies intact. Another big benefit to smoothies is the ability to add in extra-nutritious ingredients. Read More
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Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruit, vegetables, roots, and tubers for consumption. There are many important health benefits to be gained from juicing fresh fruit and vegetables rather than eating them whole or sliced.IN A NUTSHELL: WHY JUICE?
Although freshly-extracted juice contains the same nutrients as the original fruit and veg, the juicing process removes the fiber. Consequently, the juice is more concentrated, easier to digest, and offers a higher absorption rate of nutrients from the gut into the bloodstream. Faster and more effective absorption offers many health benefits: from improved detoxification and stronger immune system, so increased energy levels and healthier-looking skin. Read More
Juicing your way to healthy glowing skin and maybe lose weight too. – JAN20 – DEBRA SPENCE
The best skin care product in the world cannot give you perfect skin if you are burdening your body and skin with excess junk food and sugar-laden beverages. Juicing your way to healthy younger looking skin is a quick and simple solution. But what Juice combination is best for what skin condition and why.
A sluggish digestive system that is overburden by bad eating and drinking will result in unhealthy-looking skin. Plus when the kidneys have too much waste and toxins to deal with it sends it to the skin can to help with expelling the toxins, which cause blemishes and other skin problems. Juicing organic (if available) fruits and vegetables are a powerful healthily habit that you can include in your everyday meal plan and the benefits are not exclusive to you and your skin health but to your overall health and weight. Juicing your fruits and vegetables is easier on the digestive tract and enables you to have the recommended daily allowance if you are not a big fan of salads and vegetables. The amazing part is that not only can juicing leave you with an all-natural glow, but it can also help with healing chronic disease and flushing out toxins from the organs. Read More
I am not a doctor. I don’t pretend to be. But I am informed through research and experience, and from that, I form an opinion that I convey. You must lean on your own experiences, research, and understanding. Also, it is important that you consult with your health practitioner before beginning any health, lifestyle, or nutrition regimen.
You must also believe in whatever protocol you choose to follow. Belief is a huge aspect of healing that is often not considered. Based on my experience, and research, no health regiment will work if you do not believe in it.
Please read our Medical Disclaimer if you have not already done so on prior posts. Kevy
As you will see from the videos that I’ve selected, there are pros and cons for both juicing and blending. That’s fine! They don’t have to be in competition. You don’t have to choose one over the other.
You should simply do one more than the other, as it relates to your health status, budget, and time. I clearly choose to juice over blending but blend as well.
I am hopeful that this post, the articles, and videos will help you to decide how to fit this important protocol into your lifestyle and Devirusize protocol.
Juicing vs Blending: What’s Better? – 328,706 views – Dr. Eric Berg DC – Published on Oct 1, 2016
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Juicing: Is It Actually Healthy? – 90,259 views – Dr. Josh Axe – Streamed live on Sep 5, 2017
Learn more about the pros and cons of juicing on my website here: https://draxe.com/juice-cleanse/?utm_… The juicing craze is in full-swing! From juice shops popping up on what feels like every block to celebrity endorsements for one juice cleanse or another, it’s hard to avoid hearing a thing or two about the juice trend. But is juicing actually healthy? In this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, Jordan Rubin covers the pros and cons of juicing. Watch to learn if you should skip or join this latest health craze.
Juicing VS Blending – Brian Clement – 23,009 views – Hippocrates Health Institute – Published on Feb 9, 2013
Juices Vs Blending – Brian Clement discusses the basics of juicing including blending, food combining and juicing wheatgrass. http://www.hippocratesinst.org
Jason Vale’s Juicing Vs Blending Guide – 35,390 views – Jason Vale – Juice Tube – Published on Dec 14, 2017
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