I know juicing to many may be throwing random fruits and vegetables in a juicer and hoping for the best (and this did not exclude me) but to juice properly there are a few things you need to know such as changes your body goes through as your health improves, the best time to juice, the correct vegetable/ fruit combinations for the best results in your health and much much more. Learn how to juice like a Pro with theses informative tips from Juicing-for-Health.com and in no time you will become the master of what it really means to juice!
Lesson # 1: Important—Your Current Health
Firstly, let’s get this right: True, fruit juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar. In a normally healthy person, fresh fruit juices would not pose a problem as the sugars in fruits are easily assimilated and digested. If you are a generally healthy person eating healthily, you’ll never get diabetes from drinking juices.
It’s not true that children or people become obese from drinking fruit juices. Obesity and diabetes are caused by faulty diets that lead to faulty organs, not because of fruit juices. However, if you are even border line diabetic or suffering from candidiasis, or are prone to suffer from thrush, please refrain from consuming fruit juices. But, know that you’re diabetic because of your faulty diet. If you want to reverse your condition, begin to eliminate these harmful foods from your dietary and then come back to juicing. Opt for vegetable juices.
If you suspect that you may have a yeast infection in the digestive tract, check with your doctor before you embark on a fruit juicing diet. This advice also applies to those with low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia).
Vegetable juicing when done correctly, however, would not be a problem in these cases. And there are many green juices combination that you can try out which would taste as delicious. Well, I hear you … some of you don’t like to eat your greens but it’s really not that bad.
If I told you that green juices may reverse your blood and health condition, will you even consider drinking it? I’ll show you how. It’s really not that difficult. But first, you’ll need to consider investing in a good gear juicer that is best for juicing vegetables. Some other tips/advice on buying a juicer if you’re a beginner, never juiced before.
Lesson # 2: What To Expect When You Improve Your Diet
When you start consuming superior quality foods (fresh fruits and vegetables that are nutrient-rich), your body gets to work by ridding the inferior material and tissues to make room for the superior materials to make new and healthier tissues.
For example, when you stop taking your daily stimulant “fix” such as coffee, tea, chocolate, or the like, headaches or migraines may occur. This happens when your intelligent body discards toxins like caffeine or theobromine from your tissues and transporting them in your bloodstream.
As these toxins travel on its way to their final destination for elimination, these irritants register as pain. It could be a headache, or a joint pain, or weakening of a limb, etc.
Another letdown that can occur in your body during this time—when you choose superior quality over inferior quality food—could be a slower heart action which your mind may translate as lethargy, or a decrease in energy.
When you encounter these symptoms, do not give up. Your body is going through a regeneration process, which on average may take about seven days to a couple of weeks, depending on the toxicity level in your body. Take this period to rest, as your body recuperates and prepares for better health ahead.
During this time, especially if you’re drinking a lot of juices, (or if your body is highly toxic,) you’ll experience various healing reactions, even though you’re not really juice fasting. An increased volume of superior foods in your body does this. Read about healing reactions/crisis so that you are not caught unaware.
Be persistent and wait out this period. When these symptoms happen, know that your choice to improve your diet is the right thing to do, and that a renewing is happening within you.
Your success starts here, as you understand the process, knowing that you are on the way to a healthier and new you.
Lesson # 3: When To Drink Your Fresh Juices
The best time to drink your fresh juices is on an empty stomach—at least half an hour before a meal. This is when your stomach hungers for food and would absorb anything you consume.
When you drink a nutritious healthy fresh juice, your body quickly absorbs all that you consume, wasting nothing. Likewise, when you eat something harmful on an empty stomach, it would all be as quickly absorbed. So choose wisely.
You may have been told not to eat a citrus fruit or drink its juice on an empty stomach in the morning, because of its acidity. Not to worry, although citrus fruits taste acidic, they’re really alkaline-forming foods. I suggest you try a little bit and see if it does give you any problem. But I can assure you that once your stomach is conditioned to drinking fruit and vegetable juices, you should not encounter any problem taking citrus juices. In fact, I feel that the optimum absorption of the vitamin C does wonders to my skin!
As a general rule, drink fruit juices mostly in the first half of the day, or at the start of your day as it provides the complex carbohydrates to fuel energy. For the later part of the day, drink juices that are less sweet, like partial or full green juices.
Lesson # 4: What To Juice
If you are new to juicing, start juicing with the fruits you enjoy eating. This way, your body would already be familiar with its pleasant taste.
Step 1: Start with the more common produce first which are easier on your stomach, like carrots, apples, oranges or watermelons. They are gentle and mild on your taste bud and on your stomach.
Step 2: After juicing these a few times, you may feel ready to add something new to your menu. I like to use carrots and green apples as my base in most of my juices and add other items to it to make great-tasting and healthy juices. This is when you begin to add some vegetables.
Vegetable juices may not be palatable to some people in the beginning and takes some time to get used to, but their health properties are immense.
On lazy days, I like to simply juice one carrot, one apple, one tomato and one orange altogether. These have all the best ingredients that when combined, provide a synergy of the nutrients which are powerful in keeping me in my peak. And they taste delicious.
I try to add at least one or two medium-sized beetroot per week in my juicing diet. Beetroots are both powerful cleansers and builders of the blood and kidney therefore; its consumption should be limited to no more than one/week if you’re just starting.
Step 3: The greener the vegetables, the more nutritionally valuable they are, and less palatable. When you think you are ready for green vegetables, remember your base (carrot and green apples), add any greens you fancy: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, etc. The more greens you have, you may want to add more green apples (up to 2-3 depending on how much you’re juicing), and 1/4 or 1/2 slice of lemon to go with it for taste. By the way, lemon is a super food that will not only help detoxify your system, it also multiply your nutrients absorption rate up to 5 times. Juice it with the peel for its bioflavonoids and essential oils that make it a super immunity booster.
Step 4: You are well on your way when you have achieved Steps 1, 2 and 3 above. You may now start to experiment with all other kinds of fruits and vegetables. Check out this list of fruits/vegetables and their health benefits and add any other vegetables that you may have in season.
Lesson # 5: Rotate Fruit/ Vegetable Juices Intake For Best Results
To maintain and promote optimum health, our bodies need adequate amounts of the following:
- Essential amino acids
- Essential fatty acids
We need all these sufficiently, constantly, and variedly in order to help accelerate and enhance the process of restoring nutrients to your nutrient-starved tissues.
When we regularly eat a mixed-variety of these fruits and vegetables, the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and all the abundance of health-building elements from these juices work together in a synergy. The results of these combinations on your health can be simply amazing!
While we may not get all the above-mentioned essentials from fruits/vegetables alone, there are some other healing foods that you may add to your dietary to ensure balance.
Some suggestions of other healing foods that you can add to your dietary:
- Protein: If you’re juicing regularly and eating a well-planned and thought out vegetarian diet, you would be getting sufficient plant protein. If not, I do not agree in getting protein from milk. Consider taking protein powder which contains glutamine, an amino acid which plays an important role in protein metabolism. Check out other sources of protein here.
- Cod liver or fish oil: The green vegetable juices that you drink are abundant with vitamin K which helps to “stick” the calcium to your bone matrix. But, in order for this to happen, you need some fats (from cod liver or fish oil) to assist with the vitamin K absorption. For vegetarian options you may consider other essential fatty acids.
- Chlorella and spirulina: Fruits and vegetables contain very little or no vitamin B. You may add chlorella and/or spirulina in tablet/powder form as a supplement. These two algae have very high content of vitamin B.
- Seeds and nuts: Many seeds and nuts contain protein and fat that is needed to fuel the body. They also contain important amino acids for the brain and the immune system. These can be eaten as they are, or ground and added to your juices.
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