There are so many health benefits of juicing. But rather than list all the benefits, I’ll just keep it simple. Fresh juice (made with a juicer not store bought juice) floods your body with enzyme rich life giving nutrients, and is loaded with energy (energy in = energy out).
1. Bottled Juice of ANY KIND
If it is on a shelf in a store, it is not fresh. It is that simple. It has had time to oxidize, and lose the valuable nutrients you need. The very reason we juice is to flood our bodies with enzyme rich live nutrients. So it’s extremely important that you either make your own, or just don’t drink juice.
2. Juicing Fruit
I don’t recommend adding any fruit other than maybe half an apple to your entire 16 ounce juice. The argument might be that fruit sugar is not the same as other sugar. But when you separate the fiber from the juice in a fruit, you are making a very high sugar drink that will spike insulin. Ultimately sugar is sugar. It’s that simple. And once you get used to juicing you realize you don’t really need fruit.
3. Drinking Too Fast (Not Chewing Your Juice)
We have digestive enzymes in our saliva that starts breaking down the sugars in juice. So it’s best to “chew” by swishing your sips of juice for a few seconds before you swallow it. This ensures proper digestion and absorption of vital nutrients.
4. Drinking Juice With Meals
Fresh juice is best consumed on an empty stomach to maximize nutrient absorption and avoid indigestion such as heart burn, acid reflux, gas, bloating, etc.
5. Storing Your Juice For Later Consumption
Fresh juice oxidizes quickly and loses valuable nutrients if you don’t drink it right after you make it. Masticating juicers claim you can store the juice for up to 72 hours. I have a masticating juicer and I will drink my juice right away or at least in the same day because ALL juice will oxidize. It just oxidizes slower if you have a masticating juicer.
All the best to your health!
Catherine Rudolph, CNC
Certified Nutrition Consultant