The Do’s and Don’ts of Juicing

Mmmmmm, you want to get healthy and you’ve decided it doesn’t have to be a bland ordeal. Well, you are incredibly correct! And juicing is one of the best ways to throw some fantastic flavor your way by replacing those sodas and shakes with all kinds of different varieties of juices!

But there are mistakes people make when they jump into the juicing arena.

One of the first mistakes is fructose. What you’re doing is making up for all that sugar you’ve become used to in your sodas and shakes, and you’re adding a different kind of sugar by adding way too many fruits to your juices. Sugar speeds up the aging process. Fructose is better than table sugar, but you still need to watch it.

Initially, you might just want to go with it, though. It’s okay. There are steps to getting healthy and you just took a giant step by tossing out the sugary sodas and shakes. And let’s face it, fruits are fantastical! They too are loaded with vitamins and minerals and they add an array of flavors to the veggies you are putting into your juice. You are adding veggies, right? That might be the next step you want to make.

Start adding veggies. This is where you get some of the best user friendly nutrients. Add some lemon or lime to the mix. You’ll find if you go a little citrusy, you don’t need quite as much fruit to make your juice taste yummy!

Cucumbers are a great add into your juice routine. They add a freshness, kind of a light flavor to your juice. And the affects they have on your overall health are well worth it.

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So, you’ve now added some veggies you like to your juicing. And you’ve included a little citrus to cut back on the fruit, even though fruit is still yummy goodness. But it is still nature’s dessert. Too much dessert isn’t a great idea. So, you’re good right? You’ve got this thing mastered!

You’re better at it. But you don’t quite have it mastered, yet. But that’s okay! You’re still having healthy fun! And health is what this is all about. And by easing into this, your taste buds are getting a chance to adjust from a sugar laced early death, to a much more healthy way to live and nourish your body.

It’s time to add the greens.

This is really where the citrus comes in handy.

Kale, spinach, and celery are prime examples of greens that can be added to your juicing routine. These will oxygenate your body, improving your health, vitality, and ability to heal and regenerate. Some of the very reasons you decided to begin juicing in the first place.

Okay, you’ve got it all in there now. It tastes surprisingly good, too. Is there anything else you need to know?

Yes. It is best to drink these wonderful juice drinks on an empty stomach. Your body will absorb more vitamins and nutrients this way, which is the reason you started juicing, for the added benefits it would bring you. And when you do eat, you won’t be as hungry. Do not replace eating with juicing. Your body still needs the fiber found in food. Your brain also processes the act of eating food and drinking juice differently. Having both in your diet will give you optimal results.

When juicing, cold press juicing is the best, and extracts larger amounts of juice from your fruits, vegetables, and greens. This is different from centrifugal juicing which basically separates the juice from the pulp. This is important. It allows you to get more for your money. It gets more nutrients out of your fruits, vegetables, and greens for your efforts.

There is one more thing to keep in mind when juicing. Try to make only enough for what you are planning on drinking then and there. It’s tempting to make more and put it away. But from the moment you juice, extracting the nutrients from the produce, these nutrients begin to degrade. That means that the longer the juice sits there waiting for you to indulge, the weaker it gets. In order to receive the full benefits of juicing, drink it right away, and make more later when you’re ready to have some more. Fifteen minutes is all it takes.