Juicing is a popular way to increase your consumption of healthy fruits and veggies, especially for those who don't like certain healthy foods. You can still benefit from their vitamins and minerals while masking them with other fruits or veggies you like better. Before you hop aboard the juicing train, though, there are a few things you should know.
Until you know you're really committed to juicing, buy the best-reviewed juicer within your budget.
Make sure you read the instructions on your juicer. You may have a different setting for soft versus hard produce.
Many juices can help combat the ill effects of certain health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Not only does it allow you to try different things until you find something you like, but also it will keep you from getting bored and make sure you get a variety of nutrients.
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Remember that when juicing, you're eating it raw, meaning quality counts. Try to opt for organic to avoid pesticides that may not fully wash off.
Regardless of what type of produce you buy, make sure you wash it well to ensure it's not contaminated with bacteria.
Fruits contain a lot of sugar, natural or not. So make sure to include lots of veggies in your juicing routine.
The list is short, but some produce can't be juiced (such as avocados). But the good news is, some parts of produce you normally wouldn't eat are (such as watermelon rinds).
Cleanup is much faster if you line the pulp basket with a plastic bag.
If it's too large to go through the juicer whole, cut or tear it just before feeding it in. Produce begins to lose nutrients the minute you cut it open.
If the pulp is still damp after you've finished juicing, you can get even more juice and nutrients by re-juicing the pulp.
You can also use the pulp to add fiber to smoothies, add nutrients to muffins, compost for your garden, feed your dogs or make doggie biscuits, and more.
If you feel your juice needs a little sweetness to make it appetizing, opt for Stevia or extra fruit instead of sugar.
If you have allergies, adding a little honey made from local bees can help with your allergies, which is well worth the extra sugar.
Normally, people talking about healthy foods want you to reduce salt, but a dash of mineral-rich sea salt not only gives you access to those minerals, but also it makes most juices taste a lot better.
Only make enough for what you'll drink right then. Storing it in the fridge is OK, but it does start to lose nutrients pretty quickly once it's been juiced, and it gets kind of sugary.
What?! Stay with us here — your saliva plays an important role in digestion, so "chewing it" to combine it with saliva will ensure you have fewer digestion issues.
Some people feel a bit nauseated if they ingest all those great nutrients after eating a full breakfast. If that's you, drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
I know this sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised how often it's overlooked. Clean every nook and cranny to make sure it doesn't become a breeding ground for bacteria.
If juicing can make you feel better, it stands to reason that it could also have other side effects. For example, too many carrots can make you turn orange (seriously… happened to someone I know). If you have any side effects that concern you, discuss them with your doctor. They may be an indicator of something more serious that's wrong with your body.
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