What is Juicing?
Juicing is a process where you can extract the liquid part of the fruit or vegetable. The juice is separated from the pulp (fibre) and you’re left with a concentrated liquid that contains vitamins and minerals. Juicing is basically a vitamin shot that enables you to get all of your minerals whilst keeping a low fibre diet.
Is Juicing the Same as Blending?
No, as with blending the whole fruit or vegetable is kept and used, including the pulp. This is often called a smoothie which will make you feel fuller and improve your digestive health. It will still contain the vitamins and minerals but you retain the fibre. Other foods that can’t be juiced can be added including nuts and berries.
So Which One Do I Use?
Either process can help you to increase your fruit and vegetable intake but do you want to add vital vitamins and nutrients to your existing diet with juicing or replace one of daily meals with blending. You also need consider if you are willing to implement this into your new daily healthy routine or prefer ‘juice cleanses’, which can be a short bursts of juicing, whilst eating nothing else. This is for usually for a few days.
Either way, juicing or blending will make improvements to your skin as long as you avoid certain fruits. If you choose the wrong ingredients it could cause an eczema flare-up but this is really down to trial an error, as mention in a previous post concerning your food diary.
Which Ingredients to Avoid when Juicing
Personally tomatoes, lemons, oranges, grapes, avocados and kiwi fruit don’t agree with me. Some people have reported spinach and kale also affecting them, as they are very rich in salicylic acids. However, I use spinach in my juices to make sure I get my ‘green’ intake and it works wonders for me.
Recommended Ingredients for Eczema
Foods that can be juiced or blended into your new healthy diet and improving your skin are –
You could also add a tea-spoon of aloe vera or flaxseed (linseed) oil into your mixes.