Is there a wrong way to Juice?
by Healthy Homestead Team
4 months ago
You saw a commercial on a juicer, and you go buy one. Next, you read about the benefits of juicing, and you just start throwing everything in the juicer. The worst part is you might think you are eating healthy. And yet, the benefits are not coming your way. So, what is the problem? Well, the reality is that there is a right, and a wrong way of juicing. Today, we want to share with you some juicing mistakes you might be doing without realizing it.
Using too many sweet fruits
Juicing is one of the best ways to get healthy nutrients in your body. That includes vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables. However, the common mistake among newcomers is adding too much fruit. Yes, we know that makes the juice sweeter, but you do not want all that sugar.
Tropical fruits like mango and pineapple are very high in sugar. And while that is natural sugar, it is still sugar that you do not want in large doses. If you are on a weight loss plan, we do not recommend juicing fruits.
Now, we are not saying you should ignore fruits altogether. Add some fruits to your vegetable juice for extra boost of flavor.
Your juice lacks the color green
The key to making healthy juices is adding green vegetables. There is no other way around it. You should make the bulk of the juice out of green veggies. There is a simple reason for that, as green juices are packed with nutrients.
Green vegetables produce chlorophyll, which will help oxygenate your body. Green juices also help you detox and cleanse your body, improve circulation, and provide a boost of energy.
Using same ingredients over and over again
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make while juicing. We understand, you fall in love with a certain juice, and you prepare it every single day. When you consume the same juice over and over again, you ignore and avoid healthy nutrients from other veggies and fruits. For example, if you use kale every day, you might be missing out on spinach, another great leafy green.
Not drinking it right away
Juicing takes a little time and effort. And you want to reap the benefits instantly. Now, we understand that some of you might be inclined to prepare a large amount of juice, and have some stored in the fridge. But healthy juices are best when consumed right away.
And timing is everything. If you want to get the most out of your healthy juice, drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. Or at least 30 minutes before a meal. This way, your body can absorb all of the healthy nutrients of the juicer quicker.
Not cleaning your vegetables
We strongly recommend using organic products when it comes to juicing. Or, at least washing your products before juicing. Washing helps you avoid and clean any pesticides and chemicals found on the peel of the fruits and veggies. You definitely do not want to digest them.
If you are on a budget, you might be better with some frozen products for a cheaper price.
Do not rely on juice alone
Juice alone cannot provide all the nutrients your body needs. Vegetable or fruit juice is only an accompaniment to a healthy meal. Consume juices between meals for an energy boost. But do not fall into the trap of thinking juices can replace meals. They cannot. You still need fiber from whole vegetables, and juice does not provide that. Juicing makes it easy to absorb more servings of fruits and veggies per day, but you need whole food as well.
Gulping juice instantly
You took 10 minutes to prepare your juice, and now you are gulping it as fast as you can? Well, there goes wasted effort. Digestion starts in the mouth, not inside the stomach.Drink your juice slowly, do not gulp it in a matter of seconds. Enjoy the flavor with your tongue, and drink slowly. Think of the juice as a fine wine. You do not drink that expensive wine in a matter of seconds, do you?