… absorbing all the nutrients in fruits and vegetables because of the amount of fiber in these foods. If this sounds like you, juicing can be your best friend because your body will more easily absorb all the goodness from your fruits and veggies without the stomach pain. Try juicing 2-3 servings of vegetables at a time and see how your body responds.
Desperately Need to Detox?
If you’ve had a week, or month, or more (no judgement!) of poor eating, it’s understandable that you’d want to give your body a break and just live off of fruits and veggies for a while. Both smoothies and juices can accomplish this, but the ingredients are key. Foods like kale, cucumbers and ginger can be amazing additions to your detox plan. Pay close attention to what you put in your drinks to make sure your ingredients work with your body and your goals.
Juice vs Smoothies: Not Noticing a Difference?
If you’ve tried juices and smoothies and you just aren’t feeling it, that’s perfectly fine. You can get all the nutrients you need from plain old chewing food. Instead of blending up all you fresh produce, give yourself ample servings of fresh veggies and fruits at each meal. You can still get all the benefits of juicing and smoothies, plus your mouth will get a mini workout!
Sharita Jennings is a health policy attorney and certified group fitness instructor and nutrition specialist. She leads fitness classes in Washington, DC and provides online coaching and tips on her site, GetFitLikeThat.com.