Anyone else an avid juicer? I am pretty much addicted and crave green juices daily. This post is to help clear up any confusion to juicing and give any of you who do juice (or are interested in it) some of the tips I’ve learned along the way!
First, there are many benefits to juicing (which we will touch on soon) but the most important to note is that it is not considered any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing extracts the juice from our plant friends resulting in a liquid containing most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole plant.
HOWEVER, fiber is lost and this is a VERY important element to digestion and whole body health (see tips below).
Your body requires at least 6 – 8 servings of plants per day! So consuming this amount can be hard for anyone. Juicing (and blending) are great ways to supplement.
Let’s talk the pros and cons to juicing:
❎ Juice can be time consuming and expensive. Let’s just get this out of the way here. It does take commitment and resources to juice. Cleaning and sourcing veggies all take time, but honestly I believe it’s completely worth the investment.
❎ It could affect the thyroid. Juicing cruciferous veggies like kale, arugula, bok choy and cabbage can potentially interact with the thyroid by interacting with with iodine absorption. If you are already low on iodine, be cautious and limit juicing cruciferous veggies.
❎Can cause digestive issues, due to the lack of fiber (see tips below about adding fiber back in). It can take your body some time to get used to processing green juice on an empty stomach so be aware of any side effects if you are new to juicing
❎ Juicing allows you to consume more vegetables efficiently.
❎ It helps you consume a wilder range of vegetables bringing more nutrients to your body.
❎Helps your body detox. Juicing assists the body in breaking down toxins, cleansing the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients directly to cells and tissues, and allows nutrients to be better absorbed.
❎Drinking fresh plant juices is the fastest way to allow your body to absorb all those vitamins & minerals.
❎Green juices are an excellent source of amino acids.
❎ Loaded with antioxidants and strengthens immune system
❎Improved energy! Lot’s of it.
❎Juicing provides a rich source of live enzymes essential to the digestive process.
Here are a few juicing tips:
🌱GO organic!! You don’t want pesticide juice, do you? Preferrably juice some of your local farm or even better own veggies from your garden!
🌱Limit fruits (90% vegetables / 10% fruits is the ratio I follow)
🌱Add in fiber (especially if juicing fruits). This is the most important element that is lost when juicing (unless you have a juicier that adds it in for you). I always add in a bit of fiber from the pulp. Especially pulp from dark leafy greens.
🌱Green apples (1/2 per person), blueberries, lemons, and ginger are great flavor enhancers (and low glycemic).
🌱Limit high sugar veggies like orange carrots and beets
🌱 Chew your juice! Digestive enzymes released in saliva help your body breakdown and absorb all of those amazing nutrients! When you add in fiber you are also forced to chew more… it’s a win/win.
🌱 Take fat with your juice! You read that right! Always consume a little healthy fat either right before or with your green smoothie or juice. Vitamins A, K, E and D, and various minerals, are fat soluble and need fat to be absorbed into your precious soul-home! I prefer cold pressed flaxseed oil, raw, virgin coconut oil (1/2 tsp), or even an omega-3 supplement will do.
🌱Drink your juice two hours after you eat and 30 minutes before you eat. Timing is important so your body can efficiently digest and utilize all the goodness!!
🌱Variety is key. Mix is up often!!
🌱Store juice in an airtight glass container for up to 24-48 hours in the fridge. Nutrients are lost over time so try and drink as soon as you can for maximum benefit!
🌱Last but not least, save all the tips, leaves and stalks of veggies you don’t use and juice them! #boom #wasteless
What did I miss!! Any questions/clarifications? Please share any recipes you love too! XOXO
Live Hippily…. and drink your juice, only if it’s homemade, fresh pressed, and made of greens!