Friday, April 15, 2016

Juice 101

So what is all the hype about juice? Your burning questions answered!
What's the difference between a juice and a smoothie?
Smoothies are made in blenders which pulverize the entire fruit or vegetable with other ingredients to create a thick beverage. Juices are made in juicers which extract the liquid from the fruits or vegetables and discards the fiber resulting in a thinner liquid nutrient dense beverage.
But I thought fiber was good for me?
Fiber is GREAT for you and should be included in every healthy diet. Fiber's main job is to aid digestion by carrying things out through elimination but it will also carry out many nutrients with it.
Quick anatomy lesson:
DIGESTION is the process by which your body it consumes food/drink, breaks it down, absorbs what is needed and eliminates what is not.
So why juice?
Because when you remove the fibers and are left with a nutrient dense liquid and that liquid hits your intestines, the nutrients are practically absorbed like a sponge and then distributed to your bloodstream where it is carried it to the rest of your body. Your body is able to easily absorb these nutrients because the fiber is not in the way trying to carry it out. It is almost like taking those nutrients and injecting them into your blood. Obviously, this happens as a result of removing the fiber so it is often best to drink juice on an empty stomach and then wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before eating anything so nothing else can carry those healthy little buggers out also.

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