Juicing tips preface:
Juicing fruits and vegetables is about changing your lifestyle in a very easy and tasty way to improve your health, prevent disease, heal degenerative health conditions and live a longer, happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
Here is what you need to know in order to enjoy a lifetime journey of successful fruit and vegetable juicing. This page is for you whether you are new to fresh fruit and vegetable juicing or are a seasoned juicing veteran.
This is one of the most important of the juicing tips, because not following this tip could cause you real health problems, if you do not heed it. Please keep reading.
Drinking fruit juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar. In a healthy person, drinking fresh fruit juices usually does not pose a problem since the sugars in fruits are easily assimilated and digested.
However, if you have low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) or are diabetic do not juice fruits without consulting your doctor. There is a risk you could have a blood sugar crisis or even fall into a coma and die.
If you have mild blood sugar problems or have yeast infections such as thrush or Candidiasis you should not drink fruit juice until these problems are resolved...you should only drink vegetable juice instead. Vegetable juicing should actually help to heal these problems.
Please pay attention of this most important of all juicing tips if you have blood sugar problems.
Pay attention to this and all the other important juicing tips.
If you have been eating processed and cooked foods for years and years, your body likely has serious nutritional deficiencies.
As this deterioration has been happening, it is likely that your body has been diverting energy away from cell and tissue repair to simply digesting and eliminating the foods you do eat.
You may feel exhausted most of the time or have begun to see your health decline. This is an indication that you may also have serious toxicity in your body
When you begin drinking the superior nutrition of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, your body may initially go through a detox reaction as this incredibly healing nutrition gets to work strengthening your body enough to begin eliminating toxins.
If this happens you may feel increased fatigue, or headaches, or feel increased joint pain, or even muscle weakness. Any such symptoms are most likely due to your body detoxing itself.
Just know that these symptoms are temporary and will eventually stop leaving you in a state of greatly improved health.
Ultimately due to the superior nutrition your are now providing your body with your body will begin building new and healthier cells, glands, organs and tissues.
When you encounter "detox" symptoms, do not give up. This detox period may take anywhere from about seven days to a couple of weeks to complete, depending on the toxicity level in your body.
It is best during this period to drink lots of water and to rest, as your body recuperates and prepares for better health ahead.
If the detox process gets too intense, reduce the amount of juice you are drinking and even stop if you are feeling sick, as this is a sign that you are detoxing too fast and are overloading your liver and kidneys with the toxins your body is trying to get rid of.
Be patient and persistent, adjust your juice intake and wait out this period.
If these symptoms happen, know that your choice to improve your diet is the right thing to do, and that a detox process and healing is happening within you.
Your success starts here, and as you understand the process which likely will include this detox phase, you can be confident that you are on the way to a new and healthier you.
Don't let this possible detox phase stop you.
Big among juicing tips that affects your success. The best time to drink your fresh juices is on an empty stomach—at least half an hour before a more solid food meal.
This is when your body is best able to absorb all this fantastic nutrition.
When you drink a nutritious healthy fresh juice, your body quickly absorbs all that you drink, wasting nothing and doing so with the smallest amount of digestive energy taken from your body possible.
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.
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 problems drinking citrus juices.
If you do have a problem with citrus upsetting your stomach it may be that you have a food intolerance for a specific citrus juice or juices.In which case it is probably best to not juice that specific fruit...and to not eat it at all.
As a general rule, drink fruit juices mostly in the morning up until Noon or 1 pm since this is when your digestive energy is the lowest it will be until just before bed when it is low as well.
I repeat myself here from other pages, but Fruit juice virtually digests itself, since it contains all the the enzymes it needs to digest itself. So, you gain in energy via the juice and your body does not expend energy in digestion...
So, guess what? You gain energy big time!
With good juicing equipment, preparation of fruits, cutting them up, juicing and washing up should take only about 15 minutes (not including any "de-pesticide" soaking, washing and rinsing time you may decide to do, if you are not using "organic" fruits and vegetables).
Once juiced, fruit and vegetable juices do not keep as long as when in their natural whole form. When juice gets exposed to the air, it starts to lose its nutrients rather rapidly and begins to spoil, so it is best to consumed your juice almost immediately after being juiced.
If you must juice and keep it for 'later', (and I often do this myself) you can do so by keeping the juice in a thermos flask, or an air-tight glass jar. If possible fill the juice jar or thermos to the brim, leaving as little space for air as possible as the oxygen in the air can oxidize the juice.
If using a glass jar, store it in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours. Take the juice out 15 to 20 minutes before drinking as it will absorb better if it is not too cold.
If you are busy like me...do what I do. I make a quart of juice every-other day. I put half the juice in the refrigerator to drink the next day so I don't have to do the whole process every day.
Hey, you may want to be a purist and if you do and have the time that is wonderful.
But again, if you are busy like me...I think you can rest assured that even drunk on the day after or even the next day the nutrition you get from the fruits or vegetables you juiced will be vastly more than you would get, if you bought and drank pasteurized supermarket juice even if it is "all-natural".
Almost all supermarket or store bought juice is pasteurized and the heat of the pasteurization process destroys most of the enzymes and most of the nutrition.
This is another important juicing tip.
Juicing tips another good one...start now. Don't wait to get started!
You don't need to wait until you can afford some expensive juicer.
You can start your juicing program by making Fruit Smoothies using an inexpensive blender.
You may already have a blender. You can make smoothies out of peeled bananas, pineapple, strawberries, peeled and cored apples, lemon and orange juice fresh squeezed preferably, just make sure not to include any seeds as they won't enhance your smoothie experience.
And perhaps you could afford to get and use a less expensive centrifugal juicer to begin the vegetable juicing part of your "Juicing For Health" program and still greatly enhance your nutrition and improve your health.
Very important among juicing tips, enjoy your juice drink. If you are new to juicing, try to start with the fruits you already enjoy eating.
1: Start with the more common fruits first that are easier on your
stomach, like apples, bananas, pineapple, oranges and strawberry. This is one of my favorite combinations
Step 2: After juicing these fruits a few times, and when you feel ready to add something new to your menu of fruit juices, try adding lemon, and some of the more exotic fruits you enjoy.
3: When you are ready to start juicing vegetables or vegetable fruit
blends start with carrot, celery, cucumber, and or Romaine lettuce.
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. But this specific combination tastes great to me.
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. But first, check out the list of fruits/vegetables and their health benefits; then try out the combination recipes.
To maintain and promote optimum health, our bodies need adequate amounts of the following:
We need all these sufficiently, constantly, and varied in order to help accelerate and enhance the process of restoring nutrients to our nutrient-starved tissues.
When we regularly drink/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 essential nutrients from fruits/vegetables alone, there are some other healing foods that you may add to your dietary to ensure balance.
Here are some suggestions of other healing foods that you can add to your diet:
Cod liver or fish oil: The green vegetable juices that you drink is 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.
Chlorella and spirulina: Fruits and vegetables contain very little or no vitamin B. You may add Chlorella and/or Spirulina in tablet or powder form as a supplement. These two algae have very high vitamin B content.
Seeds and nuts: Many seeds and nuts contain protein and fats that are 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 blended with your juices.
Not to be overlooked of all the juicing tips...
...Natural fruit sugars and acids can, if left in your mouth and on your teeth, soften and even erode your tooth enamel.
Therefore, it's important to brush your teeth after drinking fruit juice as soon as possible.
Well, here is another of the important juicing tips...
Juicing should be a pleasant experience. The juice should taste pleasant and not not be nauseating. You really must listen to the feedback your body gives you after drinking your juice, especially some new combination or recipe.
After drinking juices, your stomach should be calm the whole day long, not churning and growling and leaving you with a queasy feeling.
If this happens, your body is telling you that you have consumed something which your stomach is not accustomed to or you have an intolerance for.
You may be able to condition your stomach by taking the same thing in smaller amounts in the future, and slowly increasing the amount.
If you start noticing pains and aches with your new juicing dietary, do not stop juicing. Read Tip 2 again and understand what your body is doing.
One of the more important juicing tips...factors when you choose a juicer, is that it must be easy to assemble, dismantle and clean.
If it takes you 10 minutes to juice and another 15 minutes to clean up, you will not enjoy juicing.
My juicer, an Acme Supreme Centrifugal takes 5 minutes to wash and it is easy. Most centrifugal and gear juicers are easy to use and clean, but be sure to make sure the model you buy is easy-to-use and to clean.
The sooner after juicing you clean your machine the easier it will be...
If you let the residues dry out and harden you will have a hell of a time cleaning things up. Whereas, if you clean up right away it will be very easy.
Fruit/vegetable residue left behind on your juicer can be easily contaminated with mold growth. To prevent this microbial proliferation, clean your juicer as soon as you can, after use.
To clean, dismantle the juicer parts and brush them with a vegetable brush and rinse them under running tap water.
For the strainer, use an old toothbrush to get the remnants out, if necessary.
If your juicer has a stainless steel basket like most centrifugal juicers do, clean it with a vegetable brush and rinse it with tap water.
When you juice citrus fruits, the juicer tends to have a slight oily feeling. Simply clean this with a mild detergent solution. Rinse well.
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