Get The Most Out Of Your Juice Cleanse
Juicing is a great way to start getting all those nutrients that you might be lacking in your diet. It is one of the best ways you can flood your bloodstream with a high dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will get you on the path to a healthier life.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your juice cleanse. So, before you begin your juicing journey, here are a few pointers to consider.
Common Juicing Mistakes You Might Be Making
1. You don’t consume your juice when it’s fresh
To get the full health benefits of juicing, the juice should be consumed while it’s fresh. Pulp & Press has already worked out the logistics for you to ensure that the juice delivered to your door is as fresh as possible. Your next batch will be delivered to you with perfect timing so your raw juice will never get old. However, for those doing some home juicing as well, it is important to remember that juice will only keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
2. Your juice has too many sweet fruits and veggies
Juicing is a great way to get nutrients into your body, allowing you to absorb your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes straight into your bloodstream. But adding too much fruit to fresh juices can mean your body is also ingesting a lot of sugar. Even though fruits are filled with vitamins and minerals, they can also expose your body to a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose, causing blood sugar levels to spike and—at high levels—leaving you feeling sluggish and at risk of developing diseases like diabetes.
3. It’s not cold pressed
Raw cold pressed juice is the most nutrient-dense way to consume fresh fruits and vegetables. This process uses a hydraulic press that applies thousands of pounds of pressure to extract the maximum amount of liquid from the fruits and veggies. Pressing, instead of blending or squeezing, prevents oxidization and helps to preserve the important phytonutrients and enzymes you want to get from your juice.
Heat pasteurization is a process that exposes juice to high heat designed to kill bacteria and extend the shelf life of the product. But heat and oxygen also destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables—meaning it’s less fresh and less nutritious. With HPP (high pressure processing), no additional heat or oxygen is used in the juicing process, so no nutrients are lost in the heat of traditional pasteurization.
4. You’re not hydrating
Making sure you’re staying hydrated is important—especially during your cleanse. Water makes up over two-thirds of your body weight and is an important part of making sure your body and mind are functioning at their best! Dehydration can cause some uncomfortable symptoms like headaches, dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, and even poor mood.
Even though fruits and veggies do contain water, you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. This will keep you hydrated, reduce feelings of hunger, and help flush toxins from your body.
5. You’re drinking caffeine
Slowly removing stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine before you start juicing will help make sure you’re getting the most from your cleanse. Your juices throughout a cleanse will provide your body the energy you need for a morning boost, so you might find that during and after your cleanse that you no longer need to rely on your morning cup of joe to get you up and moving! If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you might find you experience withdrawal headaches without your morning cup—in that case try replacing your coffee with non (or low) caffeinated tea like chicory root, dandelion root, or rooibos.
6. You’re not eating clean
After you’ve supercharged your system with a juice cleanse, you want to maintain it! That means eating clean even after your cleanse is over. Incorporate fruit salads, raw veggie salads, steamed and raw vegetables, whole grains, soup, and legumes into your meals each day. You can also start to reintroduce animal protein and dairy—consider steamed fish as a replacement for meat, and goat’s milk in place of cow’s milk. And always opt for organic if you have the chance!
7. You’re drinking it too fast
Believe it or not, it is purported that swishing juice around in your mouth can actually help in the micronutrient absorption process! It might sound strange, but since cold pressed raw juice tastes great anyway, why not take a few extra moments to savour the taste and enjoy the juice? Your body will be able to absorb even more of the nutrients and health benefits—and your taste buds will be happy, too!
8. You’re not drinking it on an empty stomach
Drinking raw pressed juice on an empty stomach helps ensure your body gets the maximum micronutrient-absorption and toxin-flushing action. This is especially true if you are undergoing a juicing detox cleanse. Otherwise, raw juice can be effective as either a between-meal snack or as part of a meal.
9. You’re drinking smoothies instead of juice
Some may try raw juicing only to later stop because they’ve heard rumours that health smoothies are better for you. While there are certainly some healthy smoothie recipes out there, this is not a reason to discount the benefits of raw juicing. Smoothies can contain non-organic and/or processed substances that have preservatives or other ingredients that defeat the purpose of raw organic juice.
10. You don’t pre-cleanse
The diet you follow before your cleanse can have a big impact on your juicing experience. It’s a good idea to start adjusting your diet a week or two before you start juicing, taking out processed, packaged, fried, and fast foods. If you don’t already, try to start eating natural whole foods like fresh veggies, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts (like almonds), and seeds (like flax). You should also limit red meat, dairy, poultry, and eggs. If cutting out meat is too difficult, opt for small portions of fish.
Even if you have made some of these mistakes in the past, don’t worry. You are still on the path to a healthier life—and that’s better than not juicing at all! Now that you know how to make the most of your juice cleanse, you’ll be able to enjoy even more of the benefits.