When I coach women on The “7 Essentials System ™ of healing the body naturally, I am often asked about the benefits of juicing versus blending. Which is better? The answer, in a nutshell, is both. Each method has its appropriateness, depending on your specific situation. In the long run, however, blending may be the way to go as an overall tonic once a health crisis has stabilized.
The Difference between Juicing and Blending
Juicing involves grinding, pulverizing and squeezing juices out of specific fruits and vegetables. It is ideal if you are having serious challenges with your health because it allows nutrients to be absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream and allows the digestive system to rest for a while. If you are overcoming the effects of chemo, surgery and radiation for breast cancer, for example, juicing may be the wiser choice initially. It is also an important part of many natural cancer protocols, such as Gerson Therapy.
Blending, on the other hand, involves using a high-powered blender to grind and break down green leaves, vegetables and low-glycemic fruits. In contrast to juicing, which separates the fiber in the produce from the nutrients and water, blending involves everything: stems, leaves and all. What is produced is known as a “smoothie.”
The Benefits of Blending
The benefits of blended green smoothies are numerous:
- You can assimilate several times more nutrients from blended greens than from chewed greens. The blender breaks down the fiber and the plant cell walls, which releases all of the antioxidants in the produce;
- Blended drinks oxidize slower than drinks from juicing. This translates into more nutrients for you;
- Blending your greens and fruits breaks down the soluble and insoluble fiber for consumption. When you consume this fiber, it allows glucose to be absorbed slower in your bloodstream than with juicing;
- You can get creative by adding ingredients like chia, hemp or flax seeds for a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids; and
- When you are blending, you use mostly green leafy vegetables like kale in combination with low-glycemic fruits (apples and blueberries, for example). This eliminates the bloating and digestive issues that sometimes occur when you juice fruits and leafies together with starchy veggies like carrots or broccoli.
The science behind blending green leaves makes a lot of common sense. Natural health advocate and green smoothie pioneer Victoria Boutenko explains how she discovered the benefits of blending.
“At first I decided to blend dark leafy greens in a high-speed blender,” says Boutenko, in her book Green Smoothie Revolution. “However, after I did so, when I opened the lid I had to quickly close it as the smell was unbearable. I knew right away that I couldn’t possibly drink that mixture. At the same time I knew that I was on the right track.”
As Boutenko explains it, blender after blender was poured into the compost until she came across a paragraph in one of Jane Goodall’s books about chimpanzees. In it, Goodall mentions how sometimes chimpanzees would take a fruit, role it in a green leaf and eat it as a sandwich. “I stared at that paragraph, thinking it was poor food combining according to human research,” says Boutenko. “Then I thought that maybe chimps know better.”
“I stared at that paragraph, thinking it was poor food combining according to human research,” says Boutenko. “Then I thought that maybe chimps know better.”
Eventually she came to the conclusion that greens were actually in the wrong category altogether. They are normally labeled as “vegetables” along with zucchini, radish, beets, etc. Green leaves don’t have starch like other vegetables, however.
As anyone with digestive system sensitivities know, starchy vegetables combined with fruit can cause massive bloating and even digestive pain. The fiber content in green leaves, on the other hand, helps to slow the absorption of sugar in fruit, making the combination ideal for your green smoothie.
Whether you are on a healing journey with breast cancer or you want to prevent breast cancer, make blended green drinks part of your daily diet. You can pack in lots of greens in a little glass that will not only cleanse and nourish your body, but will also give you a boost of energy as well.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and founder of breastcancerconqueror.com. She specializes in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe.