Common Juicing Mistakes

juice-mistakesJuicing can be very beneficial to your health, and can go a long way towards fulfilling the daily requirements of fruit and vegetables. However, many juicerheads make simple mistakes that can decrease the amount of nutrients that our bodies are actually taking from the juice. These are some easy fixes that can have a huge impact on just how much you are taking from your juice.

Waiting Too Long to Drink the Juice

As the juice sits, the nutrients begin to dissipate. Juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed within fifteen minutes of making it, for the most benefit. Juice from a masticating or slow juicer can last a little longer, but should be consumed within one day. If juice must be stored, it should be stored in the refrigerator, as bacteria can begin to grow in it if it is left at room temperature. For best results, store the juice in an opaque glass container, as light will also destroy the nutritional content of the juice.

Drinking Juice after a Meal

Juice should be consumed on an empty stomach. The body will absorb the nutrients quickly if there is no food in the way. Drinking fresh juice after eating can also cause an upset stomach or heartburn in some cases. Waiting about two hours after a meal to drink juice, or eating about fifteen minutes after drinking a juice is a good guideline.

Drinking Juice without Chewing

It may sound strange, but chewing releases enzymes that can help the body to quickly absorb the nutrients from the juice. Swishing the juice around in your mouth or moving your jaw a little can have the same effect without looking quite so strange.

Using too Many Sweet Fruits and Vegetables

Juicing fruits and vegetables that are high in sugar can concentrate that sugar and cause an unhealthy spike in blood sugar. Foods such as pears, carrots, apples, and watermelon should only be used one at a time in juices to prevent this kind of a sugar rush.