Monday, August 22, 2011

10 Juicing Tips You Need To Know

Juicing is about changing your lifestyle to improve your health, prevent disease, heal degenerative health conditions and live a longer, happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

Whether you are new to fresh fruit and vegetable juicing or are a seasoned juicing veteran.

Here are a few tips you need to know in order to enjoy a lifetime journey of successful fruit and vegetable juicing.

1: Important—Seek a physician's advice prior to juicing if you have blood sugar or yeast infection problems.

Very important of the juicing tips. Drinking fruit juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar. In a healthy person, drinking fresh fruit juices should 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 are diabetic or have yeast infections such as thrush or Candidiasis you should not drink fruit juice until these problems are should only drink vegetable juice instead. Vegetable juicing should actually help to heal these problems.
Pay attention of this of all juicing tips.

 2: What to expect as you continue juicing:

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 a serious nutritional deficiency and 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 the decline.

When you begin ingesting the superior nutrition of fresh fruit and vegetable juices your body may first go through a detox reaction as it gets to work eliminating toxins with its new nutritional building blocks and energy sources.
You may feel increase fatigue initially headaches, or feel increased joint pain, or even muscle weakness. Any such symptoms are due to your body detoxing itself.
Just know that these symptoms are temporary and will eventually disappear altogether leaving you in a state of greatly improved health. Ultimately due to the superior nutrition your are now providing your body with it will begin building new and healthier cells, glands, organs and tissues.
When you encounter "detox" symptoms, do not give up. Your body is going through a regeneration process, which on average may take about seven days to a couple of weeks, depending on the toxicity level in your body. Take this period to rest, as your body recuperates and prepares for better health ahead.
Be patient and persistent and wait out this period. When these symptoms happen, know that your choice to improve your diet is the right thing to do, and that a renewing is happening within you. If it should get 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.
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.
This is very important among juicing tips, but don't let it stop you.

3: When to drink your juice:

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 meal.

This is when your body is most 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.
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!

4: Drink your juice emmediately for better nutritional value:

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).

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 must be consumed 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. Fill the juice to the brim, leaving very little space for air 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 real cold.
If you are busy like what I do. I make a quart of juice every-other day. I put half the juice in the refrigerator.
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 they were juiced you will be getting vastly more nutrition than you would if you bought and drank any supermarket juice even if it is "all-natural".
Because most of supermarket or store bought juice is pasteurized and the heat of the pasteurization process destroys all enzymes and most of the nutrition.
Don't forget this among juicing tips. Each of these tips is important.

5: Can you atrt juicing without a juicer?

 Don't wait to get started 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.

6: Juice what you like most first:

If you are new to juicing, try to start with the fruits you already enjoy eating.

Step 1: Start with the more common fruits first which are easier on your stomach, like apples, bananas, pineapple, oranges or watermelon.
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.
Step 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.
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.

7: Mix up your juicing routine:

To maintain and promote optimum health, our bodies need adequate amounts of the following:

  • Essential amino acids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Enzymes
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Water

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 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 nutients 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.

8: Brush your teeth when juicing:

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 or wipeyour teeth after drinking fruit juice as soon as possible. 

9: Listen to your body:

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.
You can condition your stomach by taking the same thing in smaller amounts in the future, and slowly increasing the amount.
When 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.

10: Clean your juicer after every use!

One of the more important juicing tips...factors when you choose a juicer, is that it must be easy to assemble, dismantle and clean.

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 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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