Are you Making These 5 super Common Juicing Mistakes?
You may be thinking that you have your juicing covered…
You man think that juicing is as simple as just placing some fruits and vegetables through a juicer and then drinking whatever comes out of the spout.
It’s not that straightforward.
Well in a way IT IS, however if you want to get the most out of your juicing, there are a few things you really should be doing…
If you want to get ALL of the benefits of juicing, you need to be aware of the “rules” of juicing. Yes, there are certain rules that you need to follow if you want your juicing experience to be fulfilling rather than agonising.
These common juicing mistakes are things that you should be told from day 1, however very few of us know about them.
Juicing has many benefits (you already knew that) so its time to learn what NOT to do when it comes to juicing….
- 1 Mistake No.1 – NOT drinking your juice on an empty stomach!
- 2 Mistake No.2 – Waiting too long to drink your juice
- 3 Mistake No.3 – Using too many sweet fruits and veggies
- 4 Mistake No.3 – Using juice as a meal replacement
- 5 Mistake No.4 – Sticking to just one kind of green vegetable
- 6 Mistake No.5 – Not “chewing” your juice
Mistake No.1 – NOT drinking your juice on an empty stomach!
It might come as a surprise for most people, but you must drink your juice on an empty stomach.
Juice is not the same as medication, nothing bad will happen to you if you drink it before your meals. In fact, you will not be able to absorb all of the nutrients found in your juice if you take it with or after your meals.
The reason you should drink juice an hour or so BEFORE your meals is relatively simple: Your body will be hungry for nourishment and will quickly absorb anything that you consume. It is already easy for you to absorb the nutrients from fruits and vegetables when made into juices, so you can drink it on an empty stomach. The nutrient absorption will be wayyyyy faster.
On the other hand, if you drink your juice after your meals the fibre from it will prevent your body from absorbing most of the healthy nutrients in the juice (and you will most likely get indigestion or heart burn in the process – Ouch!)
Mistake No.2 – Waiting too long to drink your juice
It is not a good idea to make a huge batch of juice in advance.
You are juicing because you want to get the most nutrition out of fruits and veggies, but if you wait too long to drink it, you are actually making the juice less nutritious.
Its simple: juice does not last long, so be aware of how long you have!
But Maybe you’re just too busy? maybe you just do not have the time to follow this rule?
If you MUST break this rule just make sure that you place your pre-made juice in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator.
Please keep in mind that you are supposed to drink the juice 24 to 36 hours after you make it, because if you wait longer, then the nutritional benefits will disappear.
Mistake No.3 – Using too many sweet fruits and veggies
Most juicing newbies tend to use a tonne of sweet fruits like apples and pears to take the edge off the taste of the green vegetables. Does this sound like you?
While, the fruits do make the juice more palatable, they also make it somewhat unhealthy.
The sugar in fruits and vegetables are healthier than your run-of-the-mill refined sugar, but too much of it is still bad.
If your juice contains too many natural sugars, it can affect your body’s insulin levels, which in turn will cause food cravings and weight gain; the things that you are so desperately trying to avoid.
Getting over this problem is simple: try limiting your juice recipes to contain JUST ONE sweet fruit or vegetable. Doing this will make sure that your juice does not taste nasty and is still great for you!
Mistake No.3 – Using juice as a meal replacement
No one ever said that you should use juice as a meal replacement, and doing so can have negative effects on your health and weight loss.
Most people think that juicing means you do not consume anything other than the things coming out of your juicer, which is just plain wrong.
Juices are not meal replacements; you should only think of them as meal supplements since you should only use them to get enough nutrients to keep your body healthy, and not as a source of nourishment.
Supplement, dont replace.
Make sure you read this article on juice fasting to learn how to do it the right way.
Mistake No.4 – Sticking to just one kind of green vegetable
Let me guess, when you think of greens for your juicer, Spinach or kale pops to mind right?
Yes, spinach and kale are the most famous green vegetables for juicing, but they are not the only ones you can use. Besides your usual spinach and kale, you should also strive to use chard, arugula, collard greens, wheat grass, and dandelions for your juice recipes.
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to spinach and kale since they are both great green veggies, However consuming too much of the two leafy vegetables mentioned earlier will cause an unhealthy buildup of oxalic acid, which in turn can cause hormonal imbalance. To prevent this from happening, rotate the green vegetables you use for juicing, and don’t just stick to your usual spinach and kale.
Mistake No.5 – Not “chewing” your juice
What do you mean you don’t chew your juice?
Most people are not that fond of the taste of certain juice recipes (mostly green juice) and therefore they chug the entire glass in one go. It may sound weird, but you do have to “chew” your juice to release all of the good things packed in it. You need to swish the juice around your mouth a couple of times to mix it up with the enzymes in your saliva before you swallow.
Following this rule will give your digestive system a head start in processing the juice and making it easier to draw out all of the nutrients contained in it.
So how do you feel after reading those pointers?
You should feel great! – you’ve just levelled up in your juicing career, and you can just about call yourself a juicing pro!
If your just starting, good news, you can start on the right foot! Be sure to check out our beginners guide to juicing here.
Have we missed anything? which newbie-juicer mistakes do you think are the most common?
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