AVOIDING MISCONCEPTIONS AND DOING IT RIGHT.
Like most things, there is a wrong way and a right way, and this applies to juicing too. Some may think it’s a “fad,” but the truth is that juicing has a long list of healthy benefits. Unlike just eating well, juicing helps your body receive a higher concentration of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. Eating veggie after veggie can get boring and make you full sooner than you’d like. By juicing, you can help give your body the health it needs without over-consuming and increasing your calorie intake. Let’s start with the do’s shall we?
THE WONDERFUL AND POWERFUL DO’S
1. Start Juicing
The first step to achieving better health is to start juicing! Juicing helps increase your intake of nutrients and enzymes because it enters your digestive system and bloodstream faster than just eating the fruits and veggies. You’ll feel better and you’ll feel better faster!
2. Become a Mean Green Fighting Machine
Really healthy juices should have a higher concentration of greens than any other ingredient. Why you might ask? Chlorophyll, silly! Green vegetables are abundant in chlorophyll, which is a nutrient that will help give your body more oxygen. This in turn will help increase circulation, detox and cleanse, as well as naturally boost your energy levels. Overly sweet veggies like carrots and beets can give your body too much sugar, which will increase your insulin levels, but every once in awhile is okay.
3. Why Wait?
Nutrients and enzymes are sensitive to light and air, this means that as soon as you start the juicing process, these vitamins will begin to deteriorate. It’s better to consume your fresh pressed juice almost as soon as you juice it – this will help your body get the most bang for your buck. If you absolutely can’t drink your juice immediately, hide it from light and seal it in an airtight container. Consume within 24-hours.
THE DREADFUL DON’T’S
1. Say, “Sayonara!” To Sweet
Even if it’s only a vegetable juice, there are sweet and unsweet veggies. If you use more sweet veggies than unsweet, you’ll be giving your body more sugar, although natural, will be more of a disadvantage because your body will have more to process. Sweet veggies to limit in your juices are beets and carrots.
2. This Isn’t A Stiffy
Enjoy your juice! I can understand throwing back a heavy shot of vodka, but not your freshly pressed juices. They’re designed to taste good and be good for you – so enjoy them all the way. Even swig the juice around in your mouth briefly before swallowing, this will get your digestive enzymes working on the microscopic elements within your juice so your body receives them even quicker.
3. Not A One Man Show
Juices should be consumed on an empty stomach (at least 30-minutes) before a meal. This will help your body absorb the nutrients faster without any other debris slowing down the process. However, it’s not to be treated as a meal. It’s extremely important that you eat after drinking your juices to give your body the calories it needs to function throughout your busy day.
4. No Process for the Processed
Many view juicing in the wrong light. Some think it is as simple as buying a jug of cranberry juice at their local grocer, however this is a very dangerous path. WARNING: Sugar!!!!! Processed fruit juices are full of preservatives and added sugars that will only lead to weight gain, dietary implications and even skin issues like acne.
To spur on your creative side, see some of Food Network’s delicious juice recipes here. Now go get your juice on!