Drinking Your Juice Too Quickly
Juices are not meant to be poured down your throat too fast. When you eat solid food the process of digestion starts in your mouth. As you chew, enzymes in your saliva get to work on the food to ensure nutrients are delivered to your cells. The same is true when juicing. So we advise to chew your juices before you swallow them. Moving the juice around your mouth will help it mix with your saliva and allow your digestive enzymes to start working so that your body can digest your juice faster.
Cleaning Your Teeth After Drinking Your Juice
It is true that juice from vegetables and especially from fruits, which tend to have a higher acid content, can damage the enamel of your teeth, but brushing your teeth straight after drinking your juice actually increases the risks! Brush your teeth in the morning before drinking your juice. We have all been juicing for years without any negative impact on our dental health.
Using Too Many Sweet Fruits In Green Juice
Juicing provides a quick and easy way to get nature’s finest plant based nutrients, because these nutrients are extracted from the fibre that binds them. This makes the nutrients in freshly extracted juices highly bio-available and means they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream, providing your body with a rapid intake of of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Juicing can also expose your body to a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose (fruit sugar).
Not all sugar is bad for you and in fact, your body needs sugar to survive. The ones coming directly from nature do not have the same impact as the highly refined sugars added to processed foods, such as white refined sugar or other processed sugars like High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Base your green juices on low-sugar, high-water vegetables (e.g. cucumber and celery) add plenty of greens, and then add a small amount of apple, pineapple or pear to sweeten the flavour.If you are new to juicing, or trying to get your kids to try your juices, you CAN add additional fruit to begin with and then simply reduce it as your taste buds adapt.
Always Making The Same Juice
You have no doubt heard that a “balanced and varied” diet is key to good health, and here at The Raw Food Coach we believe the same to be true when juicing and so if you are on a juice only reboot or detox, or if juicing is your major source of vegetables and fruits it is a good idea to use different ingredients in your juices to ensure you get a good balance of nutrients. Whilst many people focus solely on green juices, our advice is to juice a rainbow of colours – leafy greens, carrots, beets, etc.