Juicing is all the range right now, and for a good reason too: it’s a fantastic way to get a huge hit of nutrients in one easy to digest drink. However, are you making one of these common mistakes that could be setting you back?
1. That you’re juicing to begin with
Don't worry; I'm not going to tell you that juicing is bad for you. Far from it. However, it's not the most optimal form to drink your fruits and veggies. Instead of juicing, blend them as a smoothie.
Juicing extracts the liquids from the fruits/vegetables, and this means that a lot of the beneficial dietary fibre gets lost in the process. Fibre is especially important for slowing down the digestion of your juice. This means that it will keep your blood sugar levels levelled and keep you 'regular' in the bathroom thanks to all those soluble and insoluble plant fibres If you want a slow, steady release of energy, then go for the smoothie.
2. You're including mostly fruit
Juicing a whole heap of fruits is like inserting a drip of fructose into your arm. A little of the stuff can be good, but too much fructose, the kind of sugar that is found in fruits and less so in veggies, has now been claimed to be a contributor to gaining fat. Did you know that a glass of orange juice typically has the same amount of sugar per serve as coke?
3. Your juices aren't homemade or freshly squeezed
Buying a green juice in a bottle from the supermarket instantly implies one thing: that it's not that fresh. Once you make a juice, you should drink it pretty much straight away, or freeze it for later. The maximum number of vitamins and nutrients are present in a freshly squired juice. Time equates with nutrient deterioration.
4. You include a lot of spinach or kale
This probably will surprise you, but spinach and kale are not the best options for a juice or smoothie. Why? Put simply, it's hard for your body to extract the nutrients from raw spinach or kale. Spinach and kale are much more bio-available to your body in cooked form (steaming lightly is optimal). Spinach and kale are both great. People consider them to be a superfood, but it's not so super when you drink them in their raw form.
5. You're replacing a meal of veggies with a juice.
Eating foods in their most complete form is always optimal. A juice or smoothie can be a great way to get a nutrient boost, especially when the digestive system has been taxed or is rather week. However, the best choice will usually be to chew chew chew your food, and this comes in the form of a generous plate of vegetables. Chewing activates your digestive system and the saliva in tor mouth helps break down those plant fibers.
I am a huge fan of green juices, but more so, a nice fibrous and delicious green smoothie. Go crazy with your combinations, just keep these tips in mind the next time you fix yourself a vitamin packed drink!
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