What To Know About Juicing

JuiceThe term juicing can be a little misleading since for some people juice means that stuff you drink from the carton at breakfast. Proper juicing is actually a process that uses entire fruits and vegetables and extracts the juice out of them before discarding the excess. They are prepared fresh, generally with a mixture of ingredients that provide a great way to get your vitamins and minerals. Sipping on a green drink might not sounds appealing to some but it can be a one stop way to get a lot of nutrients and really improve your energy and health.

When you start juicing, be careful not too jump in too deep. Start with one juice a day, not at every meal. If you start with too much you might experience some gastrointestinal discomforts that will send you running in the opposite direction. You don’t need to replace your meals with juices unless you are specifically on a juice cleanse, but that is a whole other process and can be an intense one. Starting with a juice at breakfast works pretty well for a lot of people and it can give you a healthy outlook to begin the day. You can either keep the juice light and add it onto your normal serving of eggs or you can make it a meal by adding some filling almonds to it.

When you’re doing green juices like kale and lettuce, cut down the intensity of the taste by adding a green apple. Remember that just because the juice is healthy that doesn’t mean you should be drinking fruit juice all day. Fruit juice is high in calories and also has a lot of sugar in it and should be used sparingly. If you can’t jump straight into the healthier green juices, try slowly adding green items in increasing amounts until you begin to acquire a taste for them. Try to stick with 80% vegetable in each drink and only 20% of fruit. If you do much more than that you might be negating the healthy effects of the juicing plan to begin with. Don’t forget that when you juice you lose most of the fiber so it’s not the same as eating a giant plate of vegetables at dinner.

Remember that your juice should be made fresh and drank fresh as well. Storing it in bulk sounds convenient and like it could save some time but the nutrients in the juice begin to break down when they are exposed to oxygen. That means if you save some in the refrigerator for a couple days the juice will of already lost a lot of its health benefits. Also as the juice sits it can grow pathogens as it oxidizes which have the potential to make you super sick. Of course this should be avoided at all costs.

About Veronica Davis

Veronica is from Ballwin, Missouri. She wanted to be a registered nurse until college, where she discovered her passion for writing about health and wellness. She studied nutrition and journalism and now she contributes to several publications including Nature's Health Watch which she also edits.

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