Top 5 Juicing Mistakes

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Not Drinking Green Juice On An Empty Stomach 

You should only consume fresh juice on an empty stomach. The benefits of juicing are diminished if consumed any other way, and can also experience digestive issues. Drinking juice on an empty stomach allows the vitamins and minerals in the juice to go straight to your bloodstream. Having a meal already in your stomach prevents your body from quickly absorbing the nutrients from the juice.

A general rule of thumb: wait at least 2 hours after a meal to drink a green juice and wait 20 mins after drinking a green juice to consume a meal.

Waiting Too Long To Drink Your Juice 

The moment your freshly made juice gets exposed to air, its live enzymes begin to degrade,which decrease the nutritional content.  The live enzymes of a fresh juice give me immediate energy. For this reason, unless you have a special type of juicer, it is recommend that you consume the juice fresh and within 15 mins of making it.

A general rule of thumb: If storing juice, use an airtight container (with no air gap) for up to 24-36 hours.

Treating Juices Like A Meal

Juice isn’t a meal replacement, rather it is a meal enhancer or snack — unless you are fasting. It’s really hard to eat the amount of vegetables recommended by most experts (6-8 servings) in a typical day. Juicing should be like taking a vitamin but of course it’s a billion times better.  Juicing allows you to absorb many more vitamins and minerals than you would otherwise by consuming smoothies or eating fruits and vegetables with the fiber.

Juicing the Same Greens

To juice both correctly and safely remember to rotate the greens (kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collards, dandelion, arugula, etc.) in your juice each week to prevent build up of oxalic acid (which can affect the thyroid gland) and provide a balanced amount of different vitamins and minerals for your body.

Using Too Many High Sugar Fruits /Vegetables In Your Juices

Consuming too many high sugar fruits in your juice can lead to spikes in the amount of sugar and fructose you are adding to your diet. It’s important to be cautious of the amount of sugar, to be able to sustain steady and consistent energy levels.

Exceptions: lemons and limes are naturally very low in sugar and do not spike blood insulin levels like other fruits. 

 

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