Juicing nutrition is an excellent way to increase your intake of the required daily fruits and vegetables. Isn’t it easier and quicker for a person to drink than to eat? Your body can thus more easily absorb vitamins and antioxidants that are extracted from fresh produce.
Your digestive system functions in a more efficient manner when you drink raw vegetables and fruits. You lose the benefits of consuming fiber, but it requires less energy to digest food when it is in a liquid form.
Drink Juice On An Empty Stomach
That allows the vitamins and minerals to go directly to your bloodstream. If a meal is already in your stomach, it prevents your body from quickly absorbing the nutrients in the juice and can also give you heartburn and other digestive issues. It is also recommended to wait 20 minutes after drinking a green juice to eat your meal and also to wait a minimum of two hours after a meal to drink a juice.
Don’t Wait To Drink Your Juice
When freshly made juice is exposed to air, its enzymes start degrading and the nutrition is decreased. The live enzymes in fresh juice create immediate energy, so it is best to drink the juice totally fresh and within a short 15 minutes.
Don’t live on juice alone
An occasional juice fast, consuming only juice and no solid food for a day or more, can have some healthy benefits, but drinking green juice can still have healing effects if combined with a regular and healthy diet.
When making your own juice, experiment with different kinds of vegetables and fruits for a variety in tastes and juicing nutrition. It is popular to mix leafy greens with cucumber or celery, and then to add carrot, beet or apple for sweetness. The leafy greens can be kale, spinach, chard, mustard greens, arugula, collards, dandelion, etc.
However, if you consume too many sweet fruits like apples, pears and watermelon, you are adding too much fructose and sugar, which can seriously affect insulin levels. That can also cause cravings and add to gaining weight. It is recommended to keep sugary fruits and vegetables in your juice to a maximum of one per serving.
Juicers and Blenders
The home juicer you buy makes a difference. Centrifugal juicers, the most affordable, grind and strain produce at high speeds, but the high speed can generate heat and decreases the number of enzymes. Masticating juicers “chew” produce and make more juice out of the same number of vegetables. Triturating juicers “press” produce and retain more nutrients but are the most expensive. Blenders retain all of the content by mashing everything all together and don’t remove the fiber.
Juice is not a meal replacement. It enhances a meal or should be a snack. Consider juicing to be Mother Nature’s vitamin pill and consume it as an excellent supplement. It is extremely difficult to eat the amount of vegetables and fruits (6-8 servings a day) advised by most experts. It takes a few pounds of produce to get a 12-ounce glass of juice, which is an entire day’s serving that you can get in one glass. Juicing therefore allows you to absorb a balanced amount of many more vitamins and minerals than you would by just eating fruits and vegetables.