The majority of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. Juicing makes it easier to consume large amounts of vegetables. In fact a 16 oz juice contains the same amount of nutrients as eating 2 lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach. Recently on Insta, I asked people to share some questions/concerns they have about juicing. I was then able to combine the questions into this FAQ’s post about juicing . If you do have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to shoot me an email, message me on Insta, or just leave a comment below. I will respond as quickly as possible.

When should we Juice?

It’s best to juice first think in the morning on an empty stomach then wait at least 30 minutes before having a meal. Drinking juice in the evening or anytime is still beneficial. I find that juicing in the morning keeps me from bloating or feeling sluggish by mid-afternoon.

What are the Benefits of Juicing?

Juicing facilitates weight loss, increases energy levels, strengthens the immune system, solidify the bones and gives a glowing complexion. It has also been known to reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes.

WHEN IT COMES to juicing does it matter if it’s ORGANIC?

Juicing removes the fiber from fruit and vegetables, which helps you absorb the nutrients quicker, which means pesticides and chemicals if you’re not using organic produce. The Farmers Market is a great way to buy organic produce. If you want to buy organic but can’t afford to buy everything organic, check out the  Dirty Dozen Fruits and Vegetables List to find out which fruit and vegetables have a higher pesticide rating and should be bought organic if possible.

is there a difference between Fresh and Bottled Juicing?

Timing is everything. If you want to get the most out of your healthy fresh juice, drink it right away. Fresh juice is better, healthier and well… fresher. Overtime, juice oxidize with the air and loses most of its properties. Storing a juice in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass container can help slow down the process. However, fresh juice is the best.

What Juicer Types do you recommend?

Cold pressed juicer are going the most expensive yet the best because they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. Centrifugal juicers are the fastest yet they generate heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing.

Is it possible to Juice without a juicer?

Yes! If you don’t own a juicer , then you can juice using a high efficacy blender than separating the fiber using a mesh strainer. The Minimalist Baker has a good Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice recipe made without a juicer. 

Do Juices Fill you Up?

Juicing does take a small amount of effort and dedication, but the effects your body will feel are well worth it. A juice does not have to  be a meal replacement, it can just be that extra bonus of nutrients that you’re treating your body with to bring you optimal health. If you are considering a juice fast, I would honestly say there are healthy ways to go about it and to prep for a juice fast. Also , it gets easier with time and as soon as detox kicks in you will find yourself going longer periods of time on an empty stomach.

I have watched a couple of nutritionists saying juicing is not good as we remove the fiber of fruits, in the case of pineapple and orange for examples….looking forward to your research outcome

Juicing removes the insoluble fiber but the soluble fiber remains. And you can take the insoluble fiber that comes out of the juicer and make crackers using a dehydrators. Juicing is for detox purposes , getting rid of all the insoluble fiber simply allows the body to better absorb health-promoting phytonutrients like enzyme, minerals, vitamins. While completing a juice fast or a juice-only reboot, not ingesting the insoluble fibers for a short period of time will not cause any health concerns. The gift of juicing is its ability to remove the indigestible fiber makes it easy to ingest a large quantity of fresh fruit and vegetables which may not be possible when eating them whole.

Does the mason jar help it taste better?

Yes! Juice will keep for 24 to 48 hours in a fridge. Storing your juices in a glass airtight containers is best.

Do you come up with these recipes?

The key to making healthy vegetable juices is to make green vegetables the bulk of every serving. I used to buy (and still do when in a hurry) juices for difference juice bars such as Buda Juice, Whole Foods, Juiceland, Roots Juice… so I kind of get inspired about those recipes. At the same time, you can’t mess up a juice because juicing removes a lot of the strong tastes associated with some vegetables. There are great juicing recipes book and websites as well.

I get Headaches While Juice Fasting. Is it normal?

This is normal during the first few days of juice fasting as your body is detoxing. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Sometimes starting with one juice a day as a meal substitute and gradually building your way up to a full day then several days of juicing can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with detox. 

 

I hope this helped you in finding the answer to your question. There are many other posts out there regarding juicing. If you’re not juicing at all,  it’s time you start. Your body will thank you for the abundance of nutrients. Happy juicing!

lvnglarge healthy lifestyle blog blogger juicing green juice
1. Beets Juice: beets, ginger, celery, carrots, cucumber, turmeric, apple.
2. Green Juice: kale, spinach, celery, cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, apple.

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