Juicing, wellness and you

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Juicing is not new.  It’s not a fad that came with the afro hair or the 80’s themed Trapper Keepers. Ancient cultures of the world used fruits and vegetables as antioxidants, and even considered them as cure for many illnesses.

So how old is old? History reports that juicing had been popular in the Bible era, and it was evident in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jews and the Essenes were well known to be vegetarians. It’s nothing newfangled, and if the benefits of juicing have been substantiated across centuries, then it must be worth the attention it’s getting from health arenas around the world today.

Juicing has also gained quite a number of advocates following the juice revolution in 1930, when Dr. Norman Walker created the very first juicer. Walker lived to be almost 100 years old.

 Juicing pioneer Dr. Norman Walker

Juicer or blender?
So what’s with all the hype? It isn’t only about drinking fruit and vegetable juice and what they can do for your body that’s making all the buzz. It’s also the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables that people actually talk about, ask about, exchange text messages about. Should you get a juicer or a blender?

The requisite to extracting fresh juice is the use of a juicer or a blender. Each is easy to mistake for the other and although it is in no way lawbreaking, it is essential to understand their differences.

The juicer has a mechanism that separates the pulp from the juice. It’s the kind that busy people like to have in their homes because it saves them time and effort. The blender, on the other hand, grinds the fruit or the vegetable together with the pulp. It’s for the pulp-fancying crowd.

Whatever your needs require, make sure you don’t equate high price with quality. Do your research. Talk to those who have devoted their time to understanding the benefits of juicing and  have enjoyed  the practice  for a long time.  Their insights are invaluable.


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