Why is juicing discouraged during chemotherapy treatments? Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer by using chemical drugs to kill cancer cells. Juicing, on the other hand, feeds your body antioxidants, by way of fruits and vegetables, to build new cells. If you do both at the same time, then you’re contradicting the benefits of chemotherapy. However, juicing after completion of treatment is fine.
Juicing vs. Blending
According to Jason Manheim’s book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet, juicing contrasts from blending in the following ways:
- Juicing provides both a quick nutritional boost and an energy boost. With all the fiber removed, the vitamins, enzymes and minerals in the juice enter your bloodstream almost immediately allowing your body to feel instantly refreshed and revitalized. In addition, it’s easily digestible without the bloating and heaviness.
- Blending is a complete meal. It includes the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, all the fiber, protein and fats. Blending involves less sugar since less fruit is needed to produce one glass of juice. It’s an easier cleanup since blending is a simple rinse-and-store.
The benefits of greens
Disease and destruction occurs more readily in a body that is mostly acidic. Greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, cabbage, broccoli, collards, chard and watercress, are very alkaline food. When greens are combined with fruits in either the juicing or blending process, they help regulate the blood to a healthier alkaline state.
Time to experiment
Experiment with creating your own juice drinks. Stock up on all kinds of seasonal fruits, frozen fruits, an assortment of greens and lemons, limes, ginger root, and mint leaves to give your juices an extra zing. Ripe fruits are the sweetest and most enjoyable. Toss three fruits into the juicer along with two or three handfuls of greens and another handful of baby carrots. Disassembling and assembling a power juicer can be easily mastered allowing for juicing to become part of your regular routine. Juice drinks will make you feel vibrant, alert and alive. Enjoy!