I recently watched a couple of documentaries on the benefits of juicing. The results caught my attention. Every participant had one if not multiple illnesses/diseases and were on numerous medications. All of the participants reduced their illnesses or completely eliminated them and the same with their medications .
This astounded me because they were dealing with illnesses and symptoms like diabetes (type I & II), asthma, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, obesity, Crohn’s and many others. I was blown away that none of these people had previously known about juicing, but with a strict protocol they were able to rapidly begin repairing their bodies and with doctors supervision get rid of the prescriptions that were no longer needed.
Here is the best definition for juicing (taken from Food Matters): “Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber. Without all the fiber, your digestive system 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”.
I think this is a fantastic method of healing a compromised body. I encourage anyone that is suffering from debilitating illnesses to try juicing (under a doctor’s care). Try to juice mainly vegetables because juicing fruits alone can rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. One pitfall is the necessity of owning the equipment, a juicer. They are not cheap, but when you compare the extractor price with the total cost of hospitals, doctors and meds…I do believe a juicer can be affordable.
Blending is another alternative to incorporate more fruits and veggies into the diet quickly. Drawing again from the wise words of Food Matters, here is the definition of Blending: “Unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber. However, the blending process breaks the fibre apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest ) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.”
The documentaries prodded me to create an observation of what would happen to me if I simply added one blender beverage a day for the next 10 days. I normally eat a fairly balanced clean diet but Thanksgiving, too many stressful days at work and lack of sleep & exercise have put me into that holiday pit and I want to climb out. I am deliberately not using any of the many delicious smoothie recipes available in books or on-line, rather I want to prove that anyone can put together a nutrient dense beverage in a few minutes a day. I am just deciding what to use based on my current refrigerator selection. I will post the recipe/formulation that I use and you are welcome to try them but I encourage you to be creative and use the good local produce in your area to make fun delicious blender bevs for yourself. I would love to hear any feedback on what you observe &/or post your own blender bev creations for the rest of us.
- It has come to my attention that there is an art to mixing fruits and veggies. Apparently some fruit/veggie combinations may affect how well the enzymes function. I blew this first drink because I did mix fruit and veggies together. I am not educated in food combining, so I apologize if I combine incorrectly. If you are interested in proper food combining please research this topic.
- Also, make sure that you drink your juice or blender bev immediately as oxidation will cause your drink to lose many of its important nutrients.
Blender Bev #1 (Organic & Mostly Local Produce)
- 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
- 1″ chunk of cucumber with skin
- 1 small carrot
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of pea shoots
- 1 curly kale leaf without stem
- Few mint leaves
- Splash of inner fillet aloe vera juice
- Handful of hemp seeds
- Clean filtered water
I use a Ninja or Vitamix. I made this in the mid-morning after breakfast. This particular drink was very light and refreshing, probably because of the pea shoots and mint. It might have tasted better with an apple instead of the blueberries. I did not have any side effects like bloating or digestive pains. Hours later, I felt great. No fatigue or cravings. I’m ready for day 2 already!
BTW: My teenage athlete son is doing the blender bev quest as well with his own creations and a Nutribullet.