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6 Reasons why Juicing is better than blending

juicing vs blending

Juicing VS Blending with the Kuvings C9500, B6000 Cold Press Juicer

A common question we get asked by our customers is the difference between juicing and blending.

In our opinion, both methods compliment each other but they offer different nutritional benefit.

Quite often when you use a blender, you will need to add water, or ice in order to liquify the fruit or vegetables. This could change the taste of the drink as it has been diluted. With blending, the pulp is pulverised through the high speed of the blades and the drink is more thicker. With blending, our digestive system has to work hard, to extract the nutrients, and our liver has to secrete enzymes to help the digestive process. This is one of the reason that with smoothies in general, you feel more bloated as the juice is more thicker.

Juicing is more about hydration, and giving your internal organs a break, allowing them to rest, and channeling energy towards healing and cell rebuilding. You get a higher concentration of vitamins and nutrients when juicing, and you are able to consume a higher proportion of fruit and vegetables in true raw form without oxydising.

Although some point out that fibres are retained in the smoothie, it is worth noting that also nutrients get trapped in these fibres which is not the case when you choose the juicing option.

Also fibres are divided between soluble and insoluble. With both juicing and blending, the solubles fibres are retained in your drink so you always get the benefit.

the smoothie and ice cream attachments give you these benefits by changing your kuvings cold press juicer in to a cold press blender.

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BLENDING
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  • Blending is normally used to make thick sauces, soups or liquifying fruit and vegetables. you keep all the pulp and seeds
  • Used for extracting nutrients, vitamins without adding water
  • Useful for liquefying low water content and non-juiceable fruits like banana, avocado, papaya and leafy vegetables. You will need to add water in most cases which changes the texture and taste of the fruit and vegetables
  • Extract juices from moisture-rich fruits/vegetables. A masticating juicer can even extract juices from leafy vegetables.
  • As you keep all the fibres in the drink, some people may find the drink too heavy especially if their digestive system is not capable in digesting fires
  • Juicing is about hydration, when you drink juices that supply your body with a high amount of liquid that is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, anti-oxidants, etc. It makes the cells happy.
  • More energy/enzymes are being expended in your body, to digest the fiber. This means that your body will be using calories to digest the food and extract the nutrients rather than using it for internal cell healing or loosing weight.
  • No energy needed to digest pure juice. Energy is conserved for cleansing work, especially useful when doing a juice cleanse.
  • Green leafy vegetables may tend to taste “grassy” and unpalatable. You can add in powders, granules, nuts, seeds, ice cubes, spices, herbs, etc.
  • Vegetables will taste better when extracted using a cold press juicer. The pressing method makes the green juice tastes better. You can also add one or two fruits, or herbs to enhance the taste of your juice.
  • You get the fiber to be included in your drink. To your body, this is like eating your fruits/vegetables. Different enzymes are produced to extract the vitamins/minerals and they have to get through the fiber to get to the “trapped” nutrients. It takes more effort for nutrient absorption and less nutrients are being assimilated in the process. If your digestive system is good, you probably get only up to about 35% absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
  • with a kuvings cold press juicer your body will benefit from the soluble dietary fiber and your juice will also contain some of the insoluble fibre which will help slowing down the absorption process. You drink the juices and there is very little effort by the body to immediately assimilate the vitamins/minerals from the juices and distribute to the cells immediately for nourishment and healing. This is the exact reason for drinking juices, to get the most nutrients (up to 99% absorption) out of the vitamins and minerals.
  • But we need the fiber? Yes, we need the fiber but that’s mostly what blending gives you—fiber, and less nutrients absorption. You could get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables too. So you decide, which is more important for you, fiber or nutrients.
  • With juicing, it’s not about the fiber, it’s about HEALING. The reason we juice is about getting the optimum nutrition into our cells directly, and quickly. You get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables. Or get some ideas here on how to use the juicer pulp in order to still get fiber in your diet.
  • A fibrous drink means less sugar spike, and less healing reactionswhen doing a rawfood cleanse. When you blend, you do tend to eat more fruits/vegetables, which will also contribute to healing, but at a slower pace when compared to healing through drinking juices.
  • Cold press juice is best made by including more fresh green vegetables for its best healing purposes. Due to its very high absorption rate, high soluble fibre content, healing reactions are common and inevitable.
  • With blending, you feel full very quickly due to the pulpy drink. If that’s your intention for blending, then that’s good. But this also means that you eat less fruits/vegetables a day and not obtain the optimum level of nutrients needed by your body.
  • With juicing, your body gets maximum amount of nutrients from a wider variety of fruits/ vegetables. You don’t feel full so quickly so you can drink more. Again, this is for the purpose of speeding up your HEALING.
  • I’m putting the high-speed blender in the same category as the centrifugal juicer that oxidizes your smoothie. High-speed spinning causes oxidation due to the exchange of +ve and -ve ions during spinning.
  • When doing serious juicing for health reasons, I suggest investing in a good gear juicer to prevent oxidation in your juices. Oxidation is
    • As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.
    • Again, I suggest using a good gear juicer that can minimize pesticides and chemicals contamination in your juices. A gear juicer will prove more economical in the long run.

    in effect, spoiled juice.

  • As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.
  • Again, I suggest using a good gear juicer that can minimize pesticides and chemicals contamination in your juices. A gear juicer will prove more economical in the long run.
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Pumpkin Seeds Milk

Did you know that you can prepare delicious milk alternatives with your Kuvings Juicer.

Thanks to its cold pressing features, the Kuvings can easily make almond milk, soya milk, oats milk or our new recipe pumpkin seed milk.

The method is very simple. quite often you will need to soak the seeds for around 5-6 hours, rinse thoroughly with spring water and use the orange strainer.

for the liquid part, you can add either coconut water or spring water

Pumpkin seeds are regarded as a nutrition powerhouse, full of magnesium, manganese and copper

  • They contain a wide array of beneficial plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.
  • Pumpkin seeds may benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well

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Cabbage and Grapes Green Juice

 

Cabbage preserves high Vitamin U which it is great for stomach. Even children who does not like cabbage can enjoy.

1. Clean cabbage, grape and cut to appropriate size.
2. Insert grape, cabbage into the feeding tube.

Have you been wondering for long how to get a sound health and an appealing look naturally?  Include cabbage juice in your daily diet and you will certainly rediscover yourself within a few days. Being rich in insoluble fiber, beta-carotene, vitamins (like B1, B6, K, E, C etc.) and a number of minerals (such as calcium, iodine, magnesium, iron, sulphur and so on), cabbage is considered as an extremely beneficial vegetable for your health, skin and hair.

Health Benefits of Cabbage Juice:

If you want to take utmost care of your health, nothing can be better than cabbage juice. It is considered as a ‘superfood’ for its amazing medicinal properties. Check out some of cabbage juice health benefits here:

1. Raw cabbage is highly anti-carcinogenic. According to medical experts, the juice of raw green cabbage contains isocyanates, a group of chemical compounds which accelerate the process of estrogen metabolism in your body and help to stay away from breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer and colon cancer. It also speeds up the healing process in cancer patients.

2. Cabbage works as a great bowel cleanser and hence, cabbage juice is used for treating colitis. It holds two essential minerals – chlorine and sulphur, which are effective in treating inflammation of large intestine and colon. You would experience an unpleasant, foul gas right after drinking the juice. This is important as it indicates that the remedy has started working for you.

3. Are you trying hard to get rid of those extra kilos? You should opt for raw cabbage juice as it is an excellent natural cure for obesity. Basically, it purifies the upper section of your intestine so that the elimination of waste materials becomes easy and the digestion of food gets facilitated. Moreover, it does not contain many calories, which is also a big plus for overweight people.

4. Acute ulcers can also be treated with cabbage juice. As said previously, it helps you take great care of your intestine and upper bowel by detoxifying them. At the same time, it also contains a large amount of Vitamin U (popularly known as ‘cabbagen’), which is capable of strengthening the inner layer of your stomach and making it resistant to ulcers.

5. The anti-inflammatory property of cabbage juice is also very beneficial. Raw cabbage is known to have certain essential amino acids, which can help you fight against skin inflammation.

6. Folic acid is one of the most vital constituents of cabbage juice. When it comes to treating anemia, folic acid is considered as an important nutrient as it helps build new blood cells. Therefore, cabbage juice is also used for curing anemia.

 

Benefits of Cabbage Juice for Skin:

7. Being a vegetable loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, cabbage can do wonder for your skin. Both of these help you combat harmful free radicals which cause a number of skin disorders like acne, pimples and blackheads. Moreover, it is full of Vitamin C, which speeds up the procedure to a great extent.

8. Antioxidant content of this juice is very helpful in reducing dryness of skin as well as preventing premature aging. So, use cabbage juice in your regular face mask and see how fast your wrinkles disappear.

9. Cabbage is also widely used for improving the tone and texture of skin. Apart from potassium, which is extremely beneficial for detoxifying your body and making your complexion fairer, this vegetable is also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E. These two vitamins can rejuvenate the tissues and help you look fair, soft and supple significantly.

 

Benefits of Cabbage Juice for Hair:

Do you know that you can use cabbage juice for your hair care too? There are quite a few elements present in this juice which can provide proper nourishment to your tresses. Have a look:

10. The high sulphur content of cabbage is really helpful in making your hair stronger and averting hair loss. It is one of the most effective ways to stop hair fall and deal with weak hair. You can drink raw cabbage juice everyday in the morning or include it in your hair mask for external use.

Apart from reducing frequent hair fall, cabbage juice can also promote hair growth by nourishing the roots properly. As it contains Vitamin E and silicon, the regular intake of this juice can also make your tresses long and lustrous.

 

Nutritional value of Cabbage:

Cabbage juice is not only nutritious, but also very low in calories.  It is a very rich source of vitamins, manganese, calcium, etc.

Cabbage USDA Nutrition Chart:

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy 25 kcal 1%
Carbohydrates 5.8 g 4%
Protein 1.3 g 2%
Total Fat 0.1 g 0.5%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.50 mg 6%

Vitamins

Folates 53 µg 13%
Niacin 0.234 mg 1.5%
Pantothenic acid 0.212 mg 4%
Pyridoxine 0.124 mg 10%
Riboflavin 0.040 mg 3%
Thiamin 0.061 mg 5%
Vitamin A 98 IU 3%
Vitamin C 36.6 mg 61%
Vitamin K 76 µg 63%

Electrolytes

Sodium 18 mg 1%
Potassium 170 mg 3.5%

Minerals

Calcium 40 mg 4%
Iron 0.47 mg 6%
Magnesium 12 mg 3%
Manganese 0.160 mg 7%
Phosphorus 26 mg 3.5%
Zinc 0.18 mg 1.5%

Phyto-nutrients

Carotene-α 33 µg
Carotene-ß 42 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 30 µg

 

Some important tips:

1. Always wash cabbage thoroughly and soak in saline water for about 30mins.
2. Use fresh Cabbage juice for best results.
3. Don’t drink more than 4oz of cabbage juice at a time.
4. Avoid limp cabbages. Make sure its head is firm.
5. Never store Cabbage juice in a refrigerator.
6. Don’t add salt or sugar to cabbage juice, as it may reduce its effect.

In a nutshell, cabbage juice can have an overall healing impact on your body. So, just start consuming it today and discover a new you

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Autumn Vitamin Boost

 

 

 

Posted on  | By Dr. Ginger Southall on Doctor Oz.com

Awaken your tired eyes in the morning with this mild yet sweet and vibrant juice. It harnesses anti-inflammatory carotenoids and immune-boosting vitamins A, B6 and C.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 orange bell peppers, cored and seeded
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into chunks
  • dried cilantro
  • stevia (optional)

Directions

Juice peppers and cucumbers.

 

Pour into a glass and top with cilantro and stevia, if desired.

 

Autumn Sunrise

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Best Fruit and Vegetables to Juice

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We have picked these as the best fruits and vegetables mainly because of their health benefits and ease of juicing.

Note that they are not in any special order…how would that even be possible? 🙂 Definitely give all of these best fruits and vegetables a try.

1. Apples

Antioxidant packed, these are one of the best fruits for juicing. They help to reduce cholesterol, cleanse digestive system and help to boost the immune system. They go well with almost any fruit or vegetable (softening any bitter or strong juice), making them my favorite base for juices. They are also chock full of nutrients that help aid in digesting fats.

2. Pineapples

Pineapples add a great tropical flavor to juices. They are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. They help to dissolved blood clots. They also contain a digestive enzyme called bromelain with is really important for the body to digest protein.

3. Papaya

Papaya is at the top of the list of the best fruits and vegetables when it comes to digestion. It contains papain, an enzyme that helps to breakdown protein. If you have digestion problems, try juicing some papaya juice daily, especially after meals. You don’t need a lot, but adding any type of mint to your papaya juice will strengthen the properties even more. Papayas also help to replenish vitamin C in the body, and protects against cancer. Note: Papaya doesn’t juice well in a juicer, however, it works great for blender drinks and smoothies.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are popular and are at the top for best fruits and vegetables to juice. They are fantastic for your health. Tomatoes lower your risk of cancer (especially testicular cancer in men) and is good for the heart due to its high amount of lycopene. They blend very well with many vegetables and are pleasant tasting. When cooked, they become acidic, so if tomato sauce bothers you, don’t assume that juice would do the same. It’s completely different when it’s raw.

5. Berries

Packed with antioxidants, these do so much for your general health. They are antiviral and antibacterial. Berries are good for the blood. Blueberries and blackcurrants help diarrhea and urinary infections. Raspberries are good for menstrual cramps. Strawberries have lots of lycopene and help the cardiovascular system. While berries aren’t the easiest to juice on the best fruits and vegetables list, they should become a staple in your juicing regimen.

6. Cabbage

Cabbage is fantastic for the stomach. If you had or have ulcer problems cabbage is a must for you to juice daily. It’s a cancer fighter and full of indoles that aid in estrogen balance and regulating metabolism.  It’s a great detoxifier. While cabbage doesn’t taste so great alone, it’s flavor can easily be masked by other yummier produce.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli is part of the cruciferous family. Loaded with antioxidants, it also has a good amount of vitamin C. If you are concerned about lung, colon or breast cancer, have raw broccoli a few times a week. If you can’t eat it, juice it so you can’t taste it. Mix it with some tomato juice. It has chlorophyll, so it helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar.

8. Celery

Celery is great at cleansing the digestive system of uric acid. So if you have gout issues, definitely include celery in your diet daily. It’s great for lowering blood pressure because of it’s high potassium content. If you retain water daily and have lots of bloating, celery is your #1 go to veggie! It’s diuretic effect is powerful. If you are starting a detoxifying regimen, be sure to make celery as a regular base to your juices- its diuretic properties will help to remove the toxins from your body with ease. There is potassium in the tops so juice them too. It helps to balance out the sodium in the stalk.

9. Carrots

Carrots are surprisingly (and deliciously) sweet when juiced. Don’t be afraid of them at all. They have too many good nutrients packed inside to be missed. They have a high beta carotene content making them great for skin, brain, fighting cancer, protecting arteries, fighting infections and boosting the immune. Many doctors believe (as well as studies have shown) that they help to eliminate putrefactive bacteria in the colon and help to rid of intestinal parasites. They blend very well with many ingredients, including one of my favorites….apples. Apple carrot juice is a powerhouse and one of the best fruits and vegetables drink combos.

10. Sweet Potatoes

Yes, they can be juiced. They have an exceptional amount of vitamin, in the form of beta carotene. They are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, fiber, B6, potassium and iron. Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory and really can help people with arthritis and other types of inflammation.

11. Cranberries

Cranberries prevent bacteria from forming in the bladder, prostate and kidneys. It also deodorizes urine. They contain mannose, which is what helps to keep the entire urinary track from getting and infection. They also can help prevent kidney stones. They are antiviral and antibiotic. Because they are so sour, they need to be combined with either water, or another fruit to be palatable. I like to add apple or grape juices to the mix.

12. Parsley

Parsley has a lot of chlorophyll and is excellent for the blood. It gives you a spark of energy and has anti-parasitic properties. It helps with the kidney and gallstones, cleanses the liver and supports the heart. Many people also say it helps their arthritis. And one last thing- it helps to deodorize the body as well as your garlic or onion breath! Add it to any juice, but more generously to your green juices as you’ll hardly taste it when its mixed with other greens.

13. Dandelion Greens

Besides for its general leafy green benefits including chlorophyll, dandelion is specifically good for cleaning out the kidney, liver, gallbladder, bowel and pancreas. It’s a mild diuretic, and helps people with anemia, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Because of these things, it does help many people with acne problems as it helps to clear elimination blockages in the body. That’s not all- it has a good amount of calcium, manganese, potassium and iron.

14. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is one of the finest greens out there. It restores health to the sick and brings up red blood counts for a healthy body. It’s high in indoles, which helps to prevent cancer. It stimulates DNA repair, neutralizes the worst free radicals (called superoxides) and protects from cancer. It contains over 20 enzymes, including the enzyme catalase which breaks down harmful hydrogen peroxide in the body and prevents it from harming cells. Wheatgrass is very nutrient dense, and includes provitamin A, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, among many, many others. According to several studies, the only nutrient it seems to lack is vitamin D and B12. People have used wheatgrass to reverse cancer and many other health issues with success. It is easy to grow or find in markets these days. Unfortunately not all juicers can juice wheatgrass with ease. Many can, but if you have a model that cannot you can buy a special wheatgrass juicer. If I had to put an order to the list on this page, wheatgrass would be number 1 on the list for the best fruits and vegetables to juice- soley for it’s health benefits.

15. Citrus Fruits-

Citrus are one of the most popular of the best fruits and vegetables to juice. They contain carotenoids, bioflavonoids and oodles of vitamin C which help to fight cancer. They lower blood pressure and help to reduce plaque from arteries. Citrus are antiviral, antibacterial and super yummy. They had a burst of flavor to almost any juice. You’ll want to make sure your citrus fruits are not picked until ripe as they can be acidic if picked too early.

 

16. Curly Kale

17. Spinach

18. Beetroot

19. Red and Yellow Pepper

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Pineapple all Natural cough recipe Juice

In 2010 Indian researchers tested the effectiveness of natural substances such as pineapple juice to treat tuberculosis (find the study here). They found that a mixture of pineapple juice with raw honey, pepper and salt work extremely well to dissolve mucus and soothe a persistent cough. Patients recovered up to 5 times quicker with this all natural pineapple remedy compared to OTC cough syrup

Pineapple.  thanks its many health benefits to a powerful enzyme called bromelain which acts as an antioxidant to reduce inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. It eliminates bacteria and fights infections.

Only 1 cup of pure pineapple juice contains 50% of your daily recommendation of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant to strengthen your immune system and soothe a sore throat or cough.

Next to bromalain and vitamin C, pineapple is also a good source of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium, which are all essential nutrients to keep your body healthy.

Powerful All-natural Cough Suppressant Recipe

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  • 1 /2 Pineapple- without the skin
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
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Super Anti-Oxidant Juice

This recipe was put together by our in house juicing expert which is a favourite now.

Organic Maple Syrup Benefits:

Despite the fact that maple syrup contains a lot of sucrose, there has been research that shows it can still be quite safe or even beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes. This is due to the natural phenols that are also found in the syrup. These substances have been revealed to have antioxidant properties. Maple syrup phenols in particular seem to inhibit two types of enzymes that are associated with occurrence of the said illness.

The trace minerals found in maple syrup are zinc and manganese and these are compounds that significantly contribute to your immune system. A deficiency in zinc for example may lead to a lower count of white blood cells. Manganese meanwhile is an important component of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase which inhibits free radicals. This mineral thus boosts your body’s antioxidant defense.

Zinc is also closely related to male reproductive health. The trace mineral is highly concentrated in the prostrate and low levels have been known to increase the risk of prostrate cancer.

Organic Maple Syrup Risks:

Sucrose in and of itself is not a dangerous substance. Sugars after all are important carbohydrate fuel that your body needs to burn especially during intense physical activity. Excessive use is what actually causes the problem. Given the composition of organic maple syrup, moderate use of this sweetener is likely the prudent choice to make.

The syrup is comparatively safer as it has a lower glycemic index of 54. The presence of natural phenols can also be a mitigating factor. Nevertheless if you already have higher than normal blood sugar you need to consult with a medical professional on how to safely add maple syrup to your diet.

Health Benefits of Pine Nuts:

pine nuts contain many of the same healthy nutrients as other nuts, including healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants

  • Suppress the appetite
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce heart disease risk
  • Anti-Aging antioxidant
  • Vision Health

they are an excellent source of Vitamin E. Furthermore, pine nuts contain healthy amounts of essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 673 Kcal 34%
Carbohydrates 13.08 g 10%
Protein 13.69 g 24%
Total Fat 68.37 g 228%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g 10%
Vitamins
Folates 34 µg 9%
Niacin 4.387 mg 27%
Pantothenic acid 0.313 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.094 mg 7%
Riboflavin 0.227 mg 17%
Thiamin 0.364 mg 30%
Vitamin A 29 IU 1%
Vitamin C 0.8 mg 1%
Vitamin E 9.33 mg 62%
Electrolytes
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 597 mg 13%
Minerals
Calcium 16 mg 1.5%
Copper 1.324 mg 147%
Iron 5.53 mg 69%
Magnesium 251 mg 63%
Manganese 8.802 mg 383%
Phosphorus 575 mg 82%
Selenium 0.7 µg 1%
Zinc 6.45 mg 58%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 17 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 9 µg

The Recipe:

  • 1 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 lime
  • a handful of spinach
  • 20cl of pure maple syrup

Feed the produce through your Kuvings juicer and add the maple syrup. allow the juice to mix in the machine for 1 minute so that the flavours are all infused together.

Release the mixture into your cup. add 50g of pine nuts to the juice. this will give the juice a very nice texture whilst chewing the pine nuts.

 

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Juicing Vs Blending

300x368xBlueberry_Smoothie1.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.M9Pohg2bXJ1-400x300A common question we get asked by our customers is the difference between juicing and blending.

In our opinion, both methods compliment each other but they offer different nutritional benefit.

Quite often when you use a blender, you will need to add water, or ice in order to liquify the fruit or vegetables. This could change the taste of the drink as it has been diluted. With blending, the pulp is pulverised through the high speed of the blades and the drink is more thicker. With blending, our digestive system has to work hard, to extract the nutrients, and our liver has to secrete enzymes to help the digestive process. This is one of the reason that with smoothies in general, you feel more bloated as the juice is more thicker.

Juicing is more about hydration, and giving your internal organs a break, allowing them to rest, and channeling energy towards healing and cell rebuilding. You get a higher concentration of vitamins and nutrients when juicing, and you are able to consume a higher proportion of fruit and vegetables in true raw form without oxydising.

Although some point out that fibres are retained in the smoothie, it is worth noting that also nutrients get trapped in these fibres which is not the case when you choose the juicing option.

Also fibres are divided between soluble and insoluble. With both juicing and blending, the solubles fibres are retained in your drink so you always get the benefit.

the smoothie and ice cream attachments give you these benefits by changing your kuvings cold press juicer in to a cold press blender.

https://youtu.be/GffbjvNs4h8

visit http://juicing-for-health.com/juicing-vs-blending.html  for a complete review

BLENDING
kJUICING
  • Blending is normally used to make thick sauces, soups or liquifying fruit and vegetables. you keep all the pulp and seeds
  • Used for extracting nutrients, vitamins without adding water
  • Useful for liquefying low water content and non-juiceable fruits like banana, avocado, papaya and leafy vegetables. You will need to add water in most cases which changes the texture and taste of the fruit and vegetables
  • Extract juices from moisture-rich fruits/vegetables. A masticating juicer can even extract juices from leafy vegetables.
  • As you keep all the fibres in the drink, some people may find the drink too heavy especially if their digestive system is not capable in digesting fires
  • Juicing is about hydration, when you drink juices that supply your body with a high amount of liquid that is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, anti-oxidants, etc. It makes the cells happy.
  • More energy/enzymes are being expended in your body, to digest the fiber. This means that your body will be using calories to digest the food and extract the nutrients rather than using it for internal cell healing or loosing weight.
  • No energy needed to digest pure juice. Energy is conserved for cleansing work, especially useful when doing a juice cleanse.
  • Green leafy vegetables may tend to taste “grassy” and unpalatable. You can add in powders, granules, nuts, seeds, ice cubes, spices, herbs, etc.
  • Vegetables will taste better when extracted using a cold press juicer. The pressing method makes the green juice tastes better. You can also add one or two fruits, or herbs to enhance the taste of your juice.
  • You get the fiber to be included in your drink. To your body, this is like eating your fruits/vegetables. Different enzymes are produced to extract the vitamins/minerals and they have to get through the fiber to get to the “trapped” nutrients. It takes more effort for nutrient absorption and less nutrients are being assimilated in the process. If your digestive system is good, you probably get only up to about 35% absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
  • with a kuvings cold press juicer your body will benefit from the soluble dietary fiber and your juice will also contain some of the insoluble fibre which will help slowing down the absorption process. You drink the juices and there is very little effort by the body to immediately assimilate the vitamins/minerals from the juices and distribute to the cells immediately for nourishment and healing. This is the exact reason for drinking juices, to get the most nutrients (up to 99% absorption) out of the vitamins and minerals.
  • But we need the fiber? Yes, we need the fiber but that’s mostly what blending gives you—fiber, and less nutrients absorption. You could get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables too. So you decide, which is more important for you, fiber or nutrients.
  • With juicing, it’s not about the fiber, it’s about HEALING. The reason we juice is about getting the optimum nutrition into our cells directly, and quickly. You get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables. Or get some ideas here on how to use the juicer pulp in order to still get fiber in your diet.
  • A fibrous drink means less sugar spike, and less healing reactionswhen doing a rawfood cleanse. When you blend, you do tend to eat more fruits/vegetables, which will also contribute to healing, but at a slower pace when compared to healing through drinking juices.
  • Cold press juice is best made by including more fresh green vegetables for its best healing purposes. Due to its very high absorption rate, high soluble fibre content, healing reactions are common and inevitable.
  • With blending, you feel full very quickly due to the pulpy drink. If that’s your intention for blending, then that’s good. But this also means that you eat less fruits/vegetables a day and not obtain the optimum level of nutrients needed by your body.
  • With juicing, your body gets maximum amount of nutrients from a wider variety of fruits/ vegetables. You don’t feel full so quickly so you can drink more. Again, this is for the purpose of speeding up your HEALING.
  • I’m putting the high-speed blender in the same category as the centrifugal juicer that oxidizes your smoothie. High-speed spinning causes oxidation due to the exchange of +ve and -ve ions during spinning.
  • When doing serious juicing for health reasons, I suggest investing in a good gear juicer to prevent oxidation in your juices. Oxidation is in effect, spoiled juice.
  • As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.
  • Again, I suggest using a good gear juicer that can minimize pesticides and chemicals contamination in your juices. A gear juicer will prove more economical in the long run.

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Aloe Vera Natural Juice

 

There are three types of aloes – aborescens, saponaria, vera. Drinks made with aborescens or vera are great for treating constipation. Saponaria juice is great for children for its strong sweet taste.

1. Cut aloe to appropriate size..
2. Slowly insert aloe into the feeding tube of the juicer.
3. Insert additives (milk, yogurts, juice, water) into the feeding tube while juicing.
4. Mix the pulp in the juice for a pulpy texture.

Aloe helps to promote homeostasis. Aloe strengthens the stomach and may reduces the occurrence of ulcers.
Aloe helps to clean bacteria and germs in intestines.

 

Aloe vera gel speeds wound healing.

Aloe vera gel speeds wound healing.

Milk thistle, a plant in the daisy family, is native to the Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East. The seeds of milk thistle contain an active compound called silymarin that has been widely studied for its purported health benefits. Aloe vera is a tropical succulent plant also native to North Africa, whose leaves produce a gel-like fluid with numerous practical and health uses.

Milk Thistle and Liver Health

Milk thistle may help with a variety of liver ailments, including chronic hepatitis and alcohol damage, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A laboratory animal study published in the October 2006 issue of the “Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics” found that milk thistle showed significant liver-protective benefits against alcohol-induced damage. Milk thistle extract substantially increased levels of the antioxidants superoxide dismutatse and glutathione. However, researchers noted that vitamin C was more effective than milk thistle extract. Milk thistle supplementation was also less effective than the preventive effects of avoiding excessive alcohol intake.

Milk Thistle and Cancer

Anticancer benefits of milk thistle may include inhibiting cancer cells from reproducing, causing early cell death and inhibiting blood supply to growing tumors. A study published in the September 2012 issue of the “International Journal of Oncology” found that the milk thistle compound silibinin protected against colon cancer in laboratory animals. In the seven-week study, milk thistle shortened the life of cancer cells and decreased inflammation in the lining of the colon, resulting in half the number of cancerous cells. Researchers concluded that milk thistle may offer benefits as a natural method for colon cancer prevention.

Aloe Vera and Wound Healing

Aloe vera helps speed wound healing from hemorrhoid surgery, according to New York University’s Langone Medical Center. A study published in the 2012 issue of the “Australasian Medical Journal” found that aloe vera gel improved healing of leg ulcers caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Aloe was effective at inhibiting bacterial growth completely within 11 days in 93 percent of study participants. Aloe also shows promise for healing diabetic skin wounds, according to a laboratory animal study published in the June 2012 issue of the journal “Biomedical Materials.” In the study, aloe gel reduced the size of skin wounds within seven days.

Aloe Vera and Blood Sugar

Drinking aloe vera juice may help stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease your risk for developing diabetes, according to a study on laboratory animals published in the June 2012 issue of the journal “Immune Network.” Supplementation with aloe juice for 54 days resulted in decreased body weight, lower fasting blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity. Further studies are warranted to confirm these preliminary results before aloe vera juice can be recommended for blood sugar management in humans.

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We are proud to announce to our customers the launch of our in store demo program with Whole Food Market- Kensington.

Why not pop in and see what this amazing store has to offer- Truly an exceptional place to shop for great healthy treats

 

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Cold Pressed Cucumber Juice

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Cucumber juice is surprisingly flavorful. Because of its mineral balance and high water content, cucumber is one of the best natural diuretics. The watery, light cucumber blends well with oriental melon.

1 CupEasyRecommended RecipeModerate Taste

1 Wash ingredients well
2 Remove stem from cucumber and cut into chunks
3 Peel oriental melon and cut into chunks
4 Alternate between juicing romaine lettuce, cucumber, and oriental melon in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

Tip
Cucumber is primarily made of water.It helps prevent edema and cystitis.

 

 

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Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is a potent raw, living food. When you drink high quality wheatgrass juice your body may produce great results such as a stronger immune system, improved skin condition, detoxification, and weight-loss.

2 CupEasy
NormalRecommended RecipeSlightly Bitter Taste

1 Wash ingredients well and soak wheatgrass into cold water for about 30 min
2 Remove stem from apple and cut into chunks
3 Peel and chop into chunks
4 Juice wheatgrass in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer first, alternating between apple and tangerine for best results

Tip
Sprouts such as wheatgrass, radish sprouts, alfalfa, and vegetables such as chives are juiced using the same method.
Wheatgrass helps prevent constipation and is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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Cashew Cranberry Smoothie

Cranberries are rich in a range of antioxidants and because they are tart, cranberries are best mixed with other fruits.

2 CupsEasyRecommended RecipeSlightly Sweet Taste

1 Assemble the juicer using the smoothie strainer
2 Mince Bananas
3 Mix all ingredients with milk
4 Using a large spoon or ladle, carefully put the above mixture in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

When using frozen cranberries, make sure you defrost them well in advance. As they are very sour, add some syrup according to your taste. Cranberries are well known as powerful antioxidants as they are rich in proanthocyanidins and flavonoids. A steady diet of cranberries is also good for you as they help prevent vascular diseases by elevating the density of HDL cholesterol –good cholesterol – and they are also good for the heart.

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Mango & Banana Puree – Baby Food

When you’ve got one soft, ripe mango, one banana and one hungry baby, it’s a perfect combination! Smooth and creamy,
this mango banana puree is an ideal first food for any little one. Your baby will be getting more than their fair share of vitamins A, C, and B6, fiber, potassium and more.

1 CupEasyRecommended RecipeSweet Taste

1 Peel mango, remove pit, and cut into chunks
2 Peel banana and cut into chunks
3 Juice the ingredient in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and save pulp
4 Combine juice and pulp and serve

Tip
Please remove the mango pit.

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Multivitamin Juice

The 8 vegetables are full of energy and essential nutrients. Any juice using beet or kale can take some getting used to for the vegetable-juicing amateur, but with time you can fully appreciate its cleansing properties.
Drink 3 times a week to help change your body.

2 CupsHardRecommended RecipeBitter Taste

1 Wash ingredients well
2 Scrub carrot well, cut off tops, and cut into chunks
3 Cut celery into 1″ pieces
4 Remove stems from tomatoes and cut into chunks
5 Cut cabbage into chunks
6 Juice all ingredients in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer by alternating between leafy greens, tomato, and cucumber

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You can add Pear, orange, or apple depending on your preference.

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Benefits of Vegetable Juicing

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By Dr. Mercola

Vegetable juice is an enormously helpful tool for improving your health. Dr. Andrew Saul, who’s been a guest here many times before, is a lifelong juicer.

His book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone: How to Get Your Family Healthier and Happier, Faster!is a fantastic resource, offering lots of practical tips for integrating juicing into your life, and having fun doing it.

“My father juiced and my children were raised on juice. By the way, that’s what the book is about. The whole sordid story of what it’s like to raise your kids with juicing when the neighbors think you’re crazy and your relatives are sure,” Dr. Saul says.

“In the 39 years that I’ve been working with folks and teaching in the natural health arena, the one thing that’s helped more people more consistently is vegetable juicing.” 

Dr. Max Gerson was one of the pioneers of juicing. He suffered terrible migraine headaches, which he eventually resolved by drinking vegetable juice.

Once word spread, patients started coming in to be relieved of their migraines and ended up improving their health in other ways as well. Eventually, Dr. Gerson realized that vegetable juice is a metabolic therapy, capable of combating virtually any disease.

“The advantage of the juicer is, first of all, it reduces [large amounts of] vegetables into a few manageable glasses. That means you get a nice, easy-to-take, and quick food concentrate,” Dr. Saul says.

“It has zero cholesterol, practically zero fat, lots of fiber, lots of minerals, and lots of vitamins… 

The juicer also does a good job of making the nutrients available. [W]hen you juice, you break down the cell walls and you release these nutrients and liquid solution. When you drink that, you absorb it.” 

Juicing really is for everyone. Even people with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and other kinds of gastrointestinal problems can usually handle vegetable juice, whereas they may not be able to eat a lot of raw food.

The Importance of High-Quality Produce

Using organic produce is very important when juicing. The price of organic produce can be a challenge for some. One alternative is to grow your own, making sure not to use synthetic pesticides and optimizing your soil by adding mulch or wood chips, which will promote beneficial soil microbes.

“Just say no to GMOs. Make sure that you grow as much as you can. If you really want to make an impact on this world, the answer is self-reliant production of your own food,” Dr. Saul notes.

If the juice doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to want to drink it. Children are even more finicky than adults. But organic vegetables have a lot of flavor, and when picked straight from your own garden and juiced within minutes, the flavor is going to be at its peak. This is also true for the nutrient content.

Interestingly, one of the things I found in my own juicing experience is that some of the healthiest vegetables to juice are also some of the most bitter. This includes collards and mustard greens.

When using those, you’ll want to add them in smaller quantities and balance the bitterness with other ingredients. My favorite is lime, but you can also use cranberries or occasionally an apple.

“People say to me, ‘What should I juice?’ My answer is anything you can eat raw. Play around with it. Have some fun. Just try everything,” Dr. Saul suggests.

“I have a Facebook site called The Megavitamin Man. People go on there, and they talk about the different things that they’re juicing. I find it extremely entertaining because they’re so creative… 

Cabbage juice is fantastic for the gastrointestinal tract, and beet juice is a good blood builder. [B]eet juice… is remarkably sweet. Now, it looks awful but it tastes great.” 

Juice Fasting for General Health

Even if you don’t juice every day, Dr. Saul recommends getting into the habit of doing a juice fast about once a month, where you drink nothing but vegetable juices for three to seven days. It’s a great detox. Others have found new life by juicing every single day.

Experts typically recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. I believe the key is to drink enough fluids so that your urine is light yellow. If it’s dark, you’re not drinking enough. But when it comes to water, purity is really important. This is yet another benefit of vegetable juice.

It actually qualifies as water, and it is some of the absolute best water you can get. The reason is because it’s structured water—essentially high-quality livingwater. It’s actually different from regular water. It’s not H₂O; it’s H3O2. And vegetables make magnificent structured water; far better than drinking filtered tap water.

Different Types of Juicers

There are three basic types of juicers:

  • Centrifugal type juicers that separate the juice from the fiber through a spinning process. These are the least expensive and the most common
  • Auger or masticating types of juicers that chew up the vegetables and push them through a strainer. They work very well and tend to give you more juice than a centrifugal juicer. Dr. Saul estimates you could get 20-25 percent more juice from a masticating juicer, which makes it a sensible choice even if you’re paying a little bit more for it. Over time, it’ll save you money as you can get by with fewer vegetables. They’re also quieter than other models, and tend to be easy to clean and assemble
  • Grind-and-press juicers that work like an apple cider mill. These are quite expensive and therefore generally not as popular

There are also blenders, which are different from juicers. A powerful blender will give you juice along with all the fibrous material from the vegetables. This can work well for the elderly, or people who have trouble chewing for whatever reason. But it also has drawbacks. The “juice” doesn’t taste as good and remember if it doesn’t taste good you won’t drink it. The other downside of blending is that it limits the amount of vegetables you can eat. And while fiber is certainly good, the nutrients in the juice are more important.

“There’s much to be said for that because nothing is lost, nothing is thrown away. And there is every value in having the complete food and just pulverizing it. The problem with that is not everybody likes it that way. It’s kind of a thick, baby food-like consistency,” Dr. Saul says.

Time Saving Tips, and a Warning About Storage

Provided you’re using organic veggies, a great way to save time when juicing is to clean them with a brush rather than peeling them. One exception is beets, which have a rather foul tasting skin. If you’re using non-organic vegetables, your best bet is to peel them, to avoid juicing pesticide residues. This is particularly important for fruits and vegetables that have been waxed, as this seals in pesticides.

Be aware that it can be difficult to discern if a vegetable has been waxed or not, because it can be applied in a very thin non-glossy layer. According to Dr. Saul, eggplant, turnips, cucumbers, and tomatoes are almost always waxed. Zucchini and squash are usually waxed but not always. Carrots are never waxed. Ideally, you’ll want to drink the juice right away. The longer it sits, the more nutrients are destroyed through the contact with air, which oxidizes them. You also lose taste.

“Can you do all your juicing in the morning, take it with you to work, and drink juice all day? The answer is you can. But you will lose quality and you will lose taste. That’s the number one reason I think people should have all their juice at once. But if you don’t want to do that, you can certainly juice in advance. Generally speaking, the masticating juicer will introduce less air into the juice than the centrifugal. People have told me that they get longer storage when they use a masticating or chewing juicer and not the centrifugal type. 

The next trick is to fill the container all the way to the top. Don’t leave any airspace. My little trick is to add vitamin C as ascorbic acid at the top because it’s an antioxidant. You cap it up, and you’re good to go for a number of hours. You can take this with you.”

A helpful device that can prolong the life of your juice is called the FoodSaver. It vacuums out air from plastic bags that you then seal. But it also has an attachment that will suck out the air from the top of a Ball jar, essentially creating a vacuum seal to further limits the problem of oxidation, which is what destroys nutrients. You still need to keep the juice refrigerated, and you’ll want to drink it all that day. As noted by Dr. Saul:

“Whenever you have an oxygen low or oxygen-free atmosphere like that, there is a risk of botulism. We don’t want that. The way to avoid that is to simply drink the juice that day. Don’t think you can put it in your fridge all sealed up and leave it for two weeks. That’s not going to work.”

Storage of fresh juice also allows methanol to dissociate and increase over time, which is another reason to drink it as soon as possible. The human body is not adapted to detoxify methanol, which is why it can cause so many problems. For example, it can convert into formaldehyde that can then wind its way into your brain.

Methanol toxicity, which is primarily associated with the artificial sweetener aspartame, has been linked to Alzheimer’s and other health problems. Methanol is not a problem in fresh produce because the methanol is bound to pectin, which allows it to safely pass through your system, but the processing and storing of it could allow it to build up. So make sure you discard any left-over juice the next day.

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As stated by Dr. Saul, in order to get and stay healthy, we need to get back to basics. It’s not very complicated when it really comes down to it, but if you listen to the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession, they all seem to make their living complicating things.

“We have been taught that the simple is not scientific. It’s not effective. It’s really not a viable alternative,” Dr. Saul says, “Yes, it is! The simple solution is usually the best one. When we’re looking at our health, it’s just amazing how many people ask me, ‘What vitamin should I take?’ They are eating a lousy diet, are overweight, don’t exercise, and they eat a lot of junk. Now, it’s good if they take the vitamins, but you still have to eat right. That means it’s got to come out of the dirt. It’s got to be good dirt, good seed, and you need a good quantity of it.

We need to get back to the land. It sounds kind of hippie-like, but the fact is, truth is truth. It’s always been a good idea to follow nature. We’re way off that. We need to turn around, look at the animal kingdom, and take the knowledge that we see in healthy animals. What can we do to improve our life? It’s very simple… ‘No junk.'” 

If you’re looking for an entertaining book to get you juicing, whether you’re ready to try it out for the first time, or want to pick the habit back up, I highly recommend Dr. Saul’s book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone, which he co-wrote with his daughter Helen Saul Case.

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Benefits of Juicing by Dr. Mercola

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If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a “living broth,” as it is teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking.

When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.

Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes… and this is only the beginning of its benefits.

Three Reasons Why Juicing Is a Phenomenal Health Habit

There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:

    1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
    2. Juicing allows you to consume a healthier amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Virtually every health authority recommends that we get six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables.
    3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads or side dishes every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food.

Plus, it limits the number of different phytochemicals in your diet, as each vegetable will offer unique benefits. With juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

Additionally, juicing can help:

  • Promote weight loss. In one study, adults who drank at least eight ounces of vegetable juice as part of a diet lost four pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the juice lost only one pound. The vegetable juice drinkers also significantly increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake.
  • Boost your immune system by supercharging it with concentrated phytochemicals. Raw juice also contains biophotonic light energy, which can help revitalize your body.
  • Increase your energy. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you feel energized. Since it can be utilized by your body immediately, those who juice report feeling the “kick” of energy almost instantly.
  • Support your brain health. People who drank juices (fruit and vegetable) more than three times per week, compared to less than once a week, were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Kame Project.1

Juice Cleanses: Even Kids Are Doing Them

Juice cleanses are the latest health fad, with juice bars and prepackaged juice cleanses now widely available. There is certainly a case to be made for short (or even lengthier) juice fasts, in which you drink only fresh vegetable juice for a period of one to several days.

This is typically done for cleansing purposes or to treat certain health conditions, and should only be done under the guidance of a natural health care practitioner if you intend to go on a longer juice fast. Some people also drink green juices as part of their intermittent fasting regimens.

Time Magazine recently reported that even children are jumping on the juice cleanse bandwagon, and at least one company markets a cleanse specifically for children for about $100.2 Those geared toward adults can be even costlier – upwards of $600 for a five-day cleanse.

I am not opposed to juice cleanses under the right circumstances, but children are generally not the best candidates, as their bodies require healthy fats and proteins that are missing from fresh juices. Further, you needn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy juice cleanse – it’s easy to make your own juice at home for a fraction of that cost, and it’s going to be fresher, too.

My philosophy regarding juicing is to view it as a regular part of your diet, not just a fad that you engage in once or twice a year. Drinking green juice every day is going to give you far more benefits than a sporadic three-day cleanse will. Kids, too, can enjoy vegetable juice on a daily basis, either as a beverage with a meal or as a snack (ideally along with a source of healthful fat to ensure all those fat-soluble nutrients get absorbed).

Focus on Green Juice, Not Fruit Juice

This is an important distinction to make because, if your juice contains too many fruits, it will be both higher in calories and sugar (fructose). You can add in an apple, a kiwi, or a handful of berries to give your juice flavor, but the bulk of it should come from organic, green veggies – spinach, celery, kale, Swiss chard, etc. Unfortunately, green juice has a stigma for tasting bad and many people avoid it simply because of its color. A recent survey by Jamba Juice even revealed that 28 percent of US adults “fear the look” of green juice and 32 percent said green juice is their least favorite type of juice.3 This negative reputation persisted despite the fact that 32 percent said they believe green juice is the healthiest option.

It may take some getting used to, but green juice actually has a very pleasant flavor, and you can tweak it to fit your taste. If you’re new to juicing, you can start with more mild-tasting veggies, like celery and cucumbers. From there you can work your way up to red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, and escarole, along with parsley and cilantro. Greens like kale, collard, dandelion, and mustard greens are quite bitter, so you’ll want to start slowly and add just a few leaves at a time. If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can also add these elements:

  • Limes and lemons: You can add one half to a whole lime or lemon for every quart of juice. You can actually juice the skin if you want to avoid the hassle of peeling them. Limes work well to cut bitter flavors.
  • Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Limit the cranberries to about four ounces per pint of juice.
  • Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you enjoy the taste. It gives your juice a little “kick”!