Before you press that first kale, you must read this article and avoid these mistakes …
There are countless horror stories about people fainting and ending up in a hospital to make juice quickly.
If you look at the common denominator for all these stories – they all wanted to lose weight and they didn't listen to their bodies!
Do not get me wrong.
Juicing helps you lose weight
I'm not saying that making juice doesn't help you lose weight because it …
… only if you combine it with the right diet and exercise.
Some common sense please
But if you drink nothing but juice for a long time (say a week) and don't know what to expect, you ask for problems.
If you are new to juices, you certainly want to read this, so that you do not experience any of the aforementioned terrible pain or experience long-term negative health effects.
So without further ado, here are the mistakes and ways to avoid them.
1. Use the same ingredients every day
Many people are guilty of this. Juicing is a great way to introduce nutrients into your body such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. But you also digest toxins that can kill in large doses.
These toxins are the natural defense mechanism of plants against attacks.
Read more about natural toxins in vegetables here.
These toxins include:
- oxalates that can cause or worsen kidney stones can be found in fruits such as bananas, cherries, grapes, mango, melons and vegetables such as chives, cauliflower, spinach, radishes to name just a few.
- atropine found in tomato leaves and to a lesser extent green tomatoes can cause abdominal pain, dizziness and headache.
- Cyanogenic glycosides (or cyanide) found in the pits of apple, plum, peaches, apricots and cherries can be fatal if consumed in large doses. Don't forget to remove the seeds before you make this fruit juice.
- gorogens found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard seeds and cabbage can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland, especially when it is eaten raw in large doses (or picked in our case).
I could continue with this list. But I stop here because I just wanted to illustrate the importance of variety in pressing, because you not only get all the vitamins and antioxidants you need.
You also keep avoiding the same toxins that can be harmful.
You want to rotate greens every day, such as kale as your main ingredient on Mondays. Then on Tuesday spinach, Wednesday romaine lettuce, Thursday wild greens and so on.
The more variety you have, the more nutrients you absorb, the better for your body.
2. Gulping it as fast as you can
This is another no-no.
Because digestion starts in the mouth, not in the stomach, as we are all taught to believe.
By mixing saliva with juice, you will actually absorb more nutrients in your system than by simply swallowing it.
I know, I know it doesn't taste good and it can be plain dirty if you combine the wrong ingredients.
That's why you need recipes when you start.
This helps you determine what exactly you should put in your juice to prevent you from making something that makes you vomit.
One way to enjoy your juice is to sit on your couch with your favorite book in hand.
Smell it like you would have an expensive wine and taste the taste with your tongue while you drink it slowly.
Eating babe calls this wagging back and forth in the mouth.
3. Only use fruit without vegetables
Did you know that apples contain 13.3 grams of sugar per 100 grams, mango's 14.8 per 100 and a can of 355 ml cola contains 39 grams of sugar.
If you do the math, they have about the same sugar ratio.
Although fruit a Healthier natural sweetener called fructose, it does not matter if you are insulin resistant (in short diabetes).
Drinking fruit juice every day actually worsens it.
By the way, if you are interested in the full list of sugar in fruit and soft drinks, view the articles here and here.
If you really love your fruit juice and you need a fix, experts say it's better to use a blender because it retains all the fibers that slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, but do it moderately for health.
The role of fruit in a juice recipe is to act as a sweetener, but that is not allowed, I repeat it must not be the main ingredient. Include about 1 or 2 types, along with greens and other vegetables.
4. Add too much dark green vegetables to the mixture
Dark leafy vegetables have a strong and bitter taste and too much of them can cause vomiting.
This is especially the case when you look outside. John Kohler of Discount Juicers recommends limiting this to around 25% and using other vegetables such as cabbage or cucumber to fill the other 75% to dilute the strong taste.
5. Buy a juicer because the man in the infomercial says he is the best
To tell you the truth, there is no such thing as a best juicer that suits the needs of each person.
The type of juicer you purchase depends primarily on the type of ingredients you put in and how often you make juice.
Other factors include price and sound tolerance, so you have to assess and balance things.
Every type of juicer has its strengths and weaknesses.
A centrifugal juicer requires less pre-cutting and will make juice faster, but it gets less juice from greens (you can't use this on wheatgrass). And you can't keep juice for more than a day.
A vertical chewer juicer requires a lot of pre-cutting to prevent the pulp outlet from becoming clogged, but it takes up less space compared to a horizontal juicer.
The latter, however, only requires minimal pre-cutting, especially with green leaf-like material, because pulp that comes out must pass through a small pulp drain. Instead, it goes directly to a compost or disposal container.
Just like buying clothes, you don't buy a tank top when it's winter or you buy a leather jacket when it's summer.
Same as when buying a juicer, you need to look for something that meets your needs.
Provide a checklist with your preferences, recipes and budget and then go to our review section to compare different brands, the advantages and disadvantages, so that you can limit your choices.
6. Adding random ingredients and hoping that it works out well is a recipe for disaster
Another big no-no. We often see this on infomercials. Although you can do it and still get good results, you want to be more informed and research recipes, especially if you are just starting.
A risk of throwing random things is that you do not know what you will get. It can be good or so filthy that you surrender the first sip – now you don't want that.
It can make you sick
Another risk is getting a chemical reaction by combining the wrong ingredients that can make you sick.
Avoid as much juice as possible from old withered vegetables and fruit, because they do not give good juice, even with the best juicers.
Use fresh products
Always use fresh products, if possible organic or grow your own products if you have space in the back garden.
Use of fresh fruit and vegetables = tasty and nutritious juice.
If you have a lot of old wilted fruit or vegetables in your fridge, I recommend using it as a compost if you have a backyard garden.
7. Do not rotate the products that you have put in the juicer
This is one of the biggest mistakes that people don't talk about more often than they should.
For centrifugal juicers
Rotating ingredients help maximize the amount of juice that you can extract. This applies to ingredients such as leafy vegetables. Because these are light, the knife has nothing to grasp because it has no mass.
What I like to do is say kale with something difficult like an apple or carrot. The mass of a carrot or apple helps to push kale over the knife, allowing the knife to extract more juice.
Another advantage of rotating ingredients is that you have an even taste distribution without mixing.
Another way to press leafy vegetables into a centrifugal extractor is to stack them on a solid roll and then immediately follow them with a root. This minimizes small pieces of leaves that will float on the juice.
For chewing juicers
Especially vertical gear types such as the Hurom slowjuicer.
You should be careful when squeezing fiber-rich vegetables such as spinach that are fibrous because it tends to clog when you put a whole batch in it.
You reduce this problem by alternating with another hard vegetable such as a carrot or cucumber.
Don't forget to chop these fibrous greens so that the pulp drainage does not get clogged. I wrote an article about juicing celery on a vertical slowjuicer. Make sure you watch it. This principle also applies to other fibrous vegetables such as spinach or kale.
Here is a video explaining how you can cut in advance and how you can alternate ingredients.
This does not apply if you have a horizontal slowjuicer such as an Omega NC800 because the pulp ejection port is straight. So there is no risk of blockage.
8. Do not drink immediately afterwards
To get the maximum amount of nutrients from fresh products, you MUST drink it immediately afterwards.
The longer the juice is exposed to air, the content of nutrients, enzymes, phytochemicals, all good stuff oxidizes.
This reduces the amount of available nutrients and therefore you juice in the first place.
Drink within 15 minutes
Eating babe recommends that you drink it within 15 minutes of extraction.
Now let's say you have work and no juice in your workplace, keep it in an airtight container in a portable cooler that keeps it fresh between 24 to 36 hours (if you use a press press, it can stay fresh for up to 20 days 72 hours).
When working, store in the refrigerator (if available) or drink it as soon as possible.
Also, avoid unpasteurized freshly squeezed juice getting hot because bacteria can grow in it, making it a harmful drink instead of a healthy drink.
This can lead to food poisoning.
Use glass containers
According to experts, one of the best storage containers for fresh juice is glass.
Glass contains none of the harmful chemicals in plastic and is great for storing fresh juice in a refrigerator.
Another option is to store it in a stainless steel thermos flask.
Fill it to the brim, overfill it if possible to remove excess air inside.
9. Does not clean afterwards
Can not emphasize this enough, ALWAYS clean the juicer after use. This prevents stains and drying the pulp to a point where it is difficult to remove.
Self-cleaning juicers do not exist
Some juicers advertise that their products are "self-cleaning". But even with this function you still have to disassemble it and clean it with a brush and running water to remove the accumulated pulp.
If it is not possible to clean immediately afterwards, soak the parts in water so that the pulp does not dry up and stain all parts inside.
Dried pulp can be a nightmare to clean
I have seen a spotted juicer with my own two eyes, including my mother's centrifugal juicer.
It squeezes a lot of carrot, celery and applies so that the inner parts have a light orange hue. If the stain becomes hard, it is difficult to clean it.
10. Think that juice is a substitute for solid food
I have read a large number of articles about & # 39; the dark side of making juice & # 39; because of this error.
Remember that our body is like machines, it needs fuel to function properly and if you take it from certain nutrients, DISTURB.
Balance is the key
Our body needs the nutrients, calories, glucose and fiber from fruits, vegetables, poultry and meat.
They all play an important role, hence the importance of a balanced diet.
Depriving your body of solid food and only relying on fresh juice and expecting a hectic workday is a recipe for disaster.
You are likely to suffer from fatigue, uncontrollable appetite, loss of energy or the worst that you could lose.
You cannot replace solid food with juice
Juicing is not a substitute for solid food. Think of it as nature's nutritional supplement taken 20 minutes before a meal. It helps to fill up the missing nutrients that you do not get in your normal diet.
In an article from the Harvard School of Public Health, the average American consumes only 3 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. But dietary guidelines suggest that we should eat between five and thirteen servings, depending on our body type and energy requirements, so there is a big discrepancy.
Juicing helps curb appetite
An additional benefit of drinking fresh juice before meals would reduce your appetite. Because of this you eat less than you would normally do. It helps recalibrate your taste buds, from craving for sweet processed drinks to something more natural like green juice.
Replace unhealthy soft drinks with healthy juice
If you drink a can of soda every day, why not replace it with a cup of green juice? Do it for a month and let me know what happens.
What should you do for a fast?
For those of you who are planning to take a quick juice, you must do your due diligence and prepare your body for it. Preparation includes limiting physical activity during the fast and reducing food intake days before the planned fast.
These include gradually reducing solid food for a few days.
Carrot juice recommends removing meat from your diet 2 days before fasting and eating soft foods (eg porridge) before eating solids when breaking a fast.
Preparing your body will reduce the shock that your body is experiencing by reducing food. With this you can continue quickly without fainting.
11. Do not drink on an empty stomach
Fresh juice must be taken on an empty stomach to maximize the absorption of nutrients. If you drink it on an empty stomach, you pass gas.
How long for a meal? Eating babe recommends 20 minutes before a meal, while Vanessa (All About Juicing) recommends at least 10 minutes in advance.
12. Do not use fresh products
To get the maximum nutrients from your fruit and vegetables, it must be fresh and if possible organic.
Fresh products are delicious juice, the fresher the better the experts would say.
If organic is too expensive for you, make sure you wash it in water to remove traces of pesticides and other chemicals on the surface, for some fruits such as apples.
Important note: wash and soak, even if you buy organic products.
The best scenario would be to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home. That way you have a range of fresh ingredients literally at your door throughout the year that tastes better.
Fresh produce will have a higher nutrient content compared to products purchased in stores that may not be as fresh as it takes time to harvest, pack and deliver.
13. Do not wash or do not wash thoroughly Enough
Because we use raw products, this is a very important step that we cannot take for granted.
Try to rub your finger over the skin of an apple or pear. Does it feel a bit sticky? The apples that I bought are like that.
Waxy feeling = pesticide
Conventionally grown products are with pesticide that leaves a waxy feeling that provides a waterproof protective coating against the elements. It works like a car wash in terms of protection, but it contains chemicals that are not good for us.
The amount of pesticide is another concern.
According to Natural Mentor, around 20 million Americans consume more than 8 types of pesticides a day, which amounts to more than 2,900 pesticides a year. Yikes!
Organic products have little to no pesticide
Even if you use organic products, you should also wash them thoroughly, because although they contain little to no pesticides, parasites can be present and these scary creepers also have a harmful effect if they are digested.
Washing with water alone is not enough to remove it, because pesticides can seep deep into the skin of products. If washing with water alone is not enough, what are the options?
There are some homemade recipes that you can use to remove this waxy feeling. A specific solution involves the use of a few caps full of apple cider or vinegar and fine sea salt mixed with a bowl of water.
This would theoretically double the lifespan of your products.
If you don't want the hassle of preparing your own vegetarian washing solution, you can opt for a commercially available product that has already done this for you.
Sisel & # 39; s OrganiCleanse is such a & # 39; n product that helps break down, agitate and remove about 98% of these harmful pesticides and parasites.
Another commercially available product is the Veggie Wash. Basically it works in the same way as Sisel & # 39; s OrganiCleanse. I have included it here to give you more options about what to use.
Soak for at least 5 minutes
Whether you use a home-made or commercial product, experts recommend that you soak the products in water for at least 5 minutes, shake lightly and then rinse, remove dirt, soil and traces of pesticide.
If you store products for later use, pat them dry with a dry towel before storing them in an airtight plastic container.
Make sure that all products are dry before storing them, this will prevent mold and allow you to store them for longer periods.
14. Don't listen to your body
If you plan to make juice quickly, read this carefully.
While reading all the juice quick horror stories I noticed that people were not preparing and not listening to their bodies.
Know what to expect
In short, they did not know what to expect and when they began to feel their body detoxifying, they did not know what to do or how to deal with it.
These people all suffered from skin rashes, drooling, sweating, vomiting, loss of energy, diarrhea and the worst of all fainting.
Ironically, with the exception of fainting, all these symptoms are to be expected from a quick juice, as Sara Ding explains it perfectly in her article.
The symptoms vary from person to person. And will depend on the type of toxins that your body has collected over the years and how unhealthy your diet was.
Remember that the more toxins your body has, the more severe the symptoms are.
Know when to stop
Now, if you feel that you cannot continue with the juice quickly, STOP!
And break the fast by gradually introducing soft foods to your diet.
Don't wait until you faint before you lose the fast. Remember that health is your NUMBER ONE priority.
15. Do not make juice
Of all the errors I have mentioned here, this is the largest and it is clear. If you don't drink juice, you miss all the benefits, not only for your health, but also for the way you look.
Ask anyone who has been making juice for a long time and they will tell you. Your skin will look better, simply because you get more nutrients that your body needs to regenerate damaged cells and at the same time flush away toxins that can break down your skin.
To give you a brief overview, here are some benefits:
- Reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases
- Strengthen the immune system
- Remove toxins
- Weight loss
If someone said that eating fruits or vegetables is healthier because you get all the fiber, then think about how you would feel after eating a whole Fuji apple?
Follow that up with two carrots or a few stalks of celery, you could vomit.
I think you understand the photo. Juice makes digestion out of the way and ensures that your body absorbs more nutrients without replenishing yourself.
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