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Juicing and Blending….You need Both!

JUICING and BLENDING…You need both!
Today I am going to explain what the late, great, Master Teachers taught to me about the differences between juicing and blending back in 1948 to 1960.  That would be Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Norman Walker and Dr. Kirschner.
There are two distinct reasons behind the differences between juicing and blending, but first let’s talk about how juicers work and the reasons behind juicing.
Some juicers extract the pulp out the back (like our slow juicer, The Power Grind Pro does) and other juicers squeeze out the pulp from an auger type of a juicer like the Champion, the Greenstar or the Samson and Omega.
For example, when you are juicing your greens, the greens hit the blades, and within a half of a turn it’s in your glass, and the pulp is out in the bucket within an instant, so the oxidation process is not as near as intense.  However, not all juicers are equal in this aspect. Some juicers spin so fast (16,000) rpms, that the friction is quite high when the produce is hitting the blades.  It depends, but it is still by far less agressive than blending your foods. Juicing extracts all fiber (pulp) from the foods, so that when you are drinking the juice, it’s 100% free of pulp. Some people think this is not as smart as blending so that all the pulp and juice are combined. This assumption cannot be further from the truth, so this is why I am going to explain it in depth so that you, in turn, can help people understand the truth.
When you juice fruits/vegetables/seeds/nuts/grains…whatever it is you are jucing, these JUICES become pre-digested, meaning they go into our bloodstream immediately, bypassing any need for digestion because they are in pure juice form.  Have you ever drank alcohol and/or coffee and felt the effects from it within just a few minutes?  Well that’s because alcohol and/or coffee has no pulp in it and has a powerful effect on the body, negatively of course!
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Almost every human being living now has huge challenges with digesting the foods we eat.  It’s not really about the digestion as much as it is about the ‘absorption’ of the foods you are eating. Statistics say that as we age, we absorb 10% less every ten years of our life. So that by the time we reach the age of 50, we are only absorbing 50% of the foods (nutrients) we are eating and by the time we are 80 years old, we are only abosrbing the nutrients from the foods at the rate of 20%. Some people absorb only 5-10% by the time they reach this age.
This is why juicing is so important.  Absorbing 100% of the nurients is why juicing is an incredible way to feed our bodies. Yet I can understand why so many of us are blending our greens and fruits because it seems natural to say, “the juice and the fiber are better to consume together, because all this fiber is going to be wasted unless I blend them together”
This is not accurate.  Let me explain.
Yes, juicing is devoid of fiber!  Fiber has no nutrients in it, once the juices have been extracted from it.  Fiber that is left behind in your juicer should be used in your compost bin or best used as mulch for your flower beds.  It should ‘not’ be consumed in the ways we are consuming it through the process of blending.
However, fiber is quite important…..But ONLY when fiber is found in the foods you eat, not in foods you are blending.  For example, let’s say you eat a salad.  You begin chewing, and once you start to chew, your salivary glands start to produce enzymes called Ptyalin, and another enzyme called Amylase.  These enzymes secrete saliva so that your foods are absorbed into your stomach easier.  As you chew, you swallow.  Did you know that the stomach has something called a peristaltic wave?  It beats at 22 beats per minute, helping us evacuate the fiber from our bodies.  Now, once the food is in the stomach, the stomach begins to separate the pulp from the juice.  The juice (or liquid) from the salad now is being absorbed through the intestines, when then go into your portal vein, and then into the liver to feed our 60 trillion cells.  Meanwhile,the fiber is being pushed through the intestines,  (which is 33 feet combined from the mouth to the anus).  This is the reason why We as humans NEED fiber, but through eating our foods. Through this process, the body is doing what a juicer is actually doing, separating the fiber from the juices, so that our bodies can assimilate the nutrients that have been extracted from the fibers. This is why I have been saying for 63 years….
IT’S THE JUICE FROM THE FIBERS THAT FEED YOU!”
Your juicer is separating the fiber form the pulp so that your body can absorb the liquid part of the foods through your intestines and the fiber is being evacuated out of your large bowel, so that, once it is out of the body, it has done its job.
BLENDING:
Blending is quite different. There are two major actions that we need to be aware of before we start to think about blending foods. First, the intense speed factor need to be considered, and secondly, drinking the juice with the fiber is not a wise choice.  I will discuss both of these.
#1 (Digestion) For example, if you are adding green foods such as spinach, kale, parsley, apples, to the water in the blender, we need to realize that adding water to the foods is creating a real challenge to our digestive tract.  First, we are not allowing the salivary glands to mix in with the blended foods, so, once we swallow it, it has now left our mouth and is sitting in the stomach, but…. without the proper enzymes to help with digestion! Now the stomach has to begin the process of separating the pulp from the fibers, so that the body can evacuate the pulp out of our body, so that the body can absorb the liquid part of the blended foods.  THIS is the process of digestion.  Did you know that if, even the size of a microscopic fiber were to reach your bloodstream, you would die of a blood clot?  This is why the body has to separate the fibers from the juices.  Consuming blended juices this way, without the help of the salivary glands, can and most likely causes distension in the stomach, intestinal gas, bloating and also give us an unnatural feeling of being too full. Plus you will not feel energized, you will feel sleepy because now the blood that was in your head has to go down into the stomach to help digest the blended foods.
#2. (High Speed)  The foods you are blending are spinning at unimaginable speeds.  25,000 revolutions per minute. But it’s worse than that. It’s really 25,000 times 4 blades as they spin in unison, or sometimes these newer blenders have 6 or 8 blades.  When you multiply those blades times 25,000….you get way into the 100,000 to 150,000 revolutions per MINUTE.  These speeds heat up your foods, destroying the lifeforce, as they unnaturally rip apart these tender tissues from the plant’s leaves.
What happens to the food when it’s being blended that quickly?  Friction and heat is what happens!  Through this process, we lose all valuable enzymes that were once in the greens or fruits or foods.  We also lose valuable nutrients.
Why?
Because high speed kills enzymes and nutrients and oxidation occurs.  This is why SLOW juicers (like our new Power Grind Pro)are being designed and manufactured  so that, through slower speeds we are preserving the nutrients and the friction is minimal, if not, non existant.  Now the enzymes we are searching for, and also the powerful anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals are being preserved, and are in tact, ready to be absorbed into your bloodstream, in perfect order.
This is why I can’t understand why people will go to the trouble of purchasing a very expensive slow juicer, yet also have a high speed blender.  I want to make sure we are looking at these important issues, because as a teacher, this is my job!  It’s my job to help us all better understand the choices we make to help us build powerful and effective LIVING KITCHENS.
High speeds kill, so keep your blending to a minimum.  Foods such as bananas, avocados, figs, salad dressings, living soups and 99% water fruits such as mangos, etc.,. are great for blending, but just remember, that when you are blending, you should have a slower speed blender as  you blend your living soups, otherwise they could be called cooked soups!  Start your blender off slowly and do not use the high speed button.  This is what Linda and I do.  For example, we blend about twice a week, but we juice twice a day.
Making smoothies is really fun, however, just remember that JUICING is meant to feed the body in a superior way, and blending is more for smoothies and fun.  If you must blend, please try to blend only on low speeds.
This is why Juicing is entirely different than Blending.  Please share this and/or re-post this on your page so that others can benefit from it. Thank you.
Your friend,
Jay Kordich

How to Build a Living Kitchen in a Stressful World

Finding balance in our kitchens almost seems impossible when both partners in a marriage are working.  It’s like the least likely place to get the most attention.  Yet it is the CORE to how we spiritually nurture ourselves and family members, it’s the CORE to whether or not we will be healthy, just by virtue of what we are feeding ourselves and our family and it’s the CORE to keeping our family emotionally close, whereby at least one meal a day shared between all of you.

To ‘get’ there can be a long process, but it’s well worth the struggle and/or challenge, because when you think about it, our kitchens need more tending then we are giving them.  And the three most important virtues for ourself and our family is: Spiritual, Mental and Health, and all three of these parts of our lives can be manifested beautifully when you have a living kitchen.

I like to say that our living kitchen is a manifestation of truly believing specific appliances and loving attitudes actually makes your kitchen your food and your life come alive. Chop wood/carry water is a big part of our living kitchen. We need to begin to feel comfortable in our kitchen, to relax…creating it to become a sanctuary for us. Most of us have negative images in our head and heart about feeling as if we are the ones who ‘have’ to buy produce, prepare meals, clean up after the meals, because the rest of the family is too busy with their lives, so we end up feeling resentful, and unappreciated.

Chop wood/carry water is a Zen-like approach towards learning to love the discipline and patience it takes to embrace something we need to do everyday of our lives. Let’s face it, we have to face our kitchens more than once, if not twice or three times daily. We are responsible for nourishing ourselves and our families health and wellness. Chop wood/carry water means practicing something on a daily basis with these virtues such as patience and respect, reliability and perseverance laced with love and appreciation, so that in time we become ‘ONE’ with ourselves and our relationship to our kitchen instead of this defunct and dysfunctional daunting responsibility we used to see our kitchens as being.

Here are some ideas how you can start practicing to build your own living kitchen:

1. keeping our kitchens clean on a daily basis

2. keeping our kitchens spices, pantry and refrigerator organized

3. supporting our kitchens with living appliances such as Juicers, Blenders….etc.,.instead of microwaves, slow cookers, deep fat fryers.

4. keeping our refrigerator filled with living foods and greens, for easy preparation for juicing and supersalads.

5. lighting a candle in our kitchen to give reverence to mother nature, our loved ones and to our own divine self…. out of gratitude to Nature for these beautiful foods and juices.

6. Place flowers from your garden or from the florists onto your kitchen island or near your sink.

Now what?

On a saturday, when most of us want to sleep in or go shopping…why not turn on your favorite cd, light a candle and re-do your kitchen? Clean out the pantry, the refrigerator, wash the floors, buy flowers or better yet, pick some fresh herbs from your garden or buy some to make your kitchen smell fragrant. While you are working in your kitchen, you can clean and store your greens for the week and cut your carrots and beets for either juicing or super salads.

Relax into the chop wood/carry water principle. Consistent presence in your kitchen by building these rituals twice a month to ensure your relationship with your kitchen is alive and well is the road to loving your living kitchen.

With consistent dedication laced with love….real devotion and love, your kitchen will start to take on a new face, and you will start to resonate more with seeing it as a sanctuary rather than a place of dis-connection, drudge or duty.

Once you get your kitchen nicely organized, you can start to think about replacing some of the appliances that do not support living health..with empowering “living kitchen” appliances. Then you will start to wake UP to the fact that juicing daily, eating supersalads, keeping a beautiful kitchen is absolutely transforming!

Depending on how old you are, you may well have negative memories relating to nourishment or your kitchens, meals, etc.,. where nobody was home, nobody cared, or if they cared, the food was purchased from restaurants, fast food places, or perhaps put together without much care for nourishment or love. The last place you thought LOVE would live could have been in the kitchen.

Perhaps you had a great experience in your family then, and even now, and that nourishment with either foods or love were not an issue for you….wow what a great platform then for you to build your own Living Kitchen without any real struggles to overcome first….but for a lot of us………..

Your kitchen can be a very stressful place in our home, or it can be a place of relaxation. For those of you who have had trouble identifying yourself in the kitchen as someone who is loved, appreciated and honoured by your family members or even yourself, then you should know this can be changed, altered and if you like….be totally transformed.

For example, let’s take a look at what a transformed kitchen looks like. Most of our kitchens have appliances such as: coffee maker, deep fryer, slow cooker, aluminum and teflon coated cookware and tools, and the obvious ovens, and stoves. These are appliances that truly take our ‘vital’ health away from us. How can we build vitality and living health when our own appliances we have, can’t come near to supporting this new and transformative way of living and being?

Here is what a living kitchen looks and feels like: vital nourishment on every level; physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Most regular appliances or foods don’t build nourishment whatsoever, yet in our living kitchen, living foods create true nourishment in our bodies. Living juices such as freshly made juices also build nourishment and ‘life’ in our bloodstream as it also builds ‘life’ in our entire being. Our living kitchen also is a wonderful platform for placing our living appliances on the countertops of our kitchens such as…juicers, blenders, soymilk makers, dehydrators, tofu makers, electronic sprouters, electronic herb gardens….wow, can you imagine how incredibly vital you are going to feel and “Be’ … when your kitchen mirrors your quest for you and your loved ones to be healthy, vital and nourished on all levels?

Living the simple life…connecting to real, authentic, unadultered foods and fresh juicing can help us better understand the beauty of natural foods, mother nature and the awesome transforming powers of a working and joyful Living Kitchen.

As Natural Living Food preparers, we really DO work harder everyday in the kitchen, but by using these meditative and loving principles of prayer, gratitude and love for who we are and who we love, helps us ease into these daily kitchen duties with grace.

Hugs to you all from me and Jay ~ and here’s to Joyful Juicing!