10 must-know tips for juicing the right way
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There’s a lot of confusion over the benefits of juicing. Is juicing good for you? Yes and no. It depends on your health and possible imbalances in your body.
2 things you should know before you start juicing
Juices are easily digested and are rich in the same nutrients, oxygen, water, and enzymes as the whole fruits and vegetables from which they’re made.
However, there are two issues to be aware of when it comes to juicing:
1. To make most vegetable juices taste yummy, carrots or sweet vegetables are used as the base. This high concentration of natural sugars feeds yeast and opportunistic organisms, which may contribute to poor digestion, fatigue, weight gain, acne, hormone imbalances, and disease.1
2. Juicing itself removes the fiber from the vegetable, so vegetable juice metabolizes too quickly, with an effect similar to sugar.
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10 juicing hacks that’ll keep your health on track
So, when it comes to making juicing work for you, follow these tips:
1. Don’t juice if you have or think you have a problem with yeast in the body. Wait until you have detoxified your colon and have implanted significant colonies of friendly bacteria into your digestive tract.
2. Drink juice as your first meal of the day on an empty stomach.
3. “Chew” your juices. Juices rapidly assimilate, so swishing them around your mouth before swallowing allows the digestion process to begin by mixing the juice with saliva. Savoring your vegetable juices in this way makes a huge difference.
4. Do not juice cabbage, kale, or collard greens. In their raw form, these vegetables may suppress thyroid function.2
5. Use Granny Smith apples instead of carrots or beets. These green, sour apples have much less sweetness than the typical base and make a better base for the raw, juiced vegetables.
6. Add some lemon and/or lime juice. These fruits are natural antiseptics and may help cleanse the digestive tract. The sour fruit juices help stimulate the peristaltic action of the colon and promote morning bowel movements.
7. Do not let juice sit around. Juice only what you will drink right away. If juice sits around, even in the refrigerator, it becomes more sugary.
8. Add parsley and watercress. You don’t need a lot of these, but their high concentration of chlorophyll may help promote cleansing in your blood and cells.3
9. Avoid wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is rich in sugar and is too expansive. It often causes nausea or dizziness.
10. Add a few drops of Stevia to sweeten, a dash of mineral-rich sea salt, and some probiotics.
Juicing is not the panacea it’s often portrayed to be, and for people with body ecology imbalances, it can aggravate their symptoms. Timing is everything, so listen to your body and follow the tips above to get optimal benefits from your juices.
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