Juicing 101 – The Juicy Facts!

Juicing 101

Spring is here, also known as the detox time! When it comes to spring detox usually juices will take their part in it. So I decided to write this articles for those of you who might not have started juicing yet – Juicing 101, a simple guide to juicing for beginners. Let’s start with the very basic information.

Difference between smoothie and juice

These terms are often misused, but fortunately it’s very simple to say which one is which. Juicing means separate the juice from the pulp to get a concentrate liquid. Smoothie, on the other hand, is blending the ingredients to get a thick drink that contains whole fruits and veg mixed.

Green Juices

A special category of juices are the green juices. Green juices are generally believed to be the best kind. Why? The content of nutrients in these juices is usually much higher than in their fruity friends. Veg juices are also lower in calories and sugar. They often contain green leafy kind of veg, which is usually not eaten that much, but have positive impact on human’s body.

Benefits and advantages of juicing

The first and probably the biggest advantage of juicing is the amount of vitamins that you’ll take in. If you’re not a fan of eating veg and fruits, this is a way to go. To make half litre of juice you will use at least 4-5 pieces of fruits or veg.

Another advantage might be giving your body some time to rest. By not eating solid foods, you’re giving your digestive system “a break” and your body can focus on other problems. This is great when you’re cold or have a flu, your body can take all the time it needs to focus on healing, while you give it bunch of vitamins and minerals at the same time. Also, who really feels like eating when one’s sick? Juice is a simple way to get some nutrients in.

And of course don’t forget about all the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veg.

Disadvantages of Juicing

When you’re juicing, you don’t get all the fiber that’s in whole fruits and veg. That isn’t a problem for majority of people who add some other veg and fruits to their diet, or for people who juice a lot. However, if your doctor recommended a high-fiber diet to you, you should definitely discuss juicing on the next check up.

Discuss juicing with your doctor?

If you’re healthy there’s no need to discuss juicing with your doctor. However, if you have any problems, you should. Except what I’ve already mentioned, you should discuss juicing with your doctor when you’re taking prescription pills. Why? Because it might affect how they’ll work as well as it might affect the original problem. For example, foods high in Vitamin K, such as kale and spinach may change how the blood thinner warfarin works. To avoid any of these problems, discuss with your doctor which foods you can juice/eat.

Juice Cleanse, Juicing Diet

Also known as juice fasts, or juice detoxes. Either juicing for detoxification or juicing for weight-loss, most people would swap their 5 meals a day for 5 juices a day, doing this for a day, three, seven, ten, fourteen, twenty-one or a month. It is a common misconception that juice can equally replace a proper meal. Even though it’s made from fresh fruits and veg it is not a full meal.

However, as I mentioned above, there are people who do these cleanses for just a few days. I believe, that not eating for a day, three.. or up to seven actually, wouldn’t do any harm, if done once to four times a year and carefully. If you’re on cleanse, you have to watch your body. First of all, five juices a day is just a number that juice sellers came with, it is the least you should drink. If you’re hungry, drink more. If you’re still hungry, screw this and eat something small – no need to suffer. Juice cleanse should help your body to be healthier not punish it for your bad eating habits.

What rules to follow on juice cleanse to avoid problems?

  • Don’t juice for too long. A day to three is optional, 7 won’t hurt you in most cases, but more than this is just too much.
  • Don’t starve. Five juices a day is just a number, drink as much as you need whenever you feel hungry.
  • Don’t suffer. If this is simply too much for you and you feel like you can’t do it anymore, just stop. Add some small foods to your cleanse, or go back to your normal life and forget about this completely. In no case you should suffer.
  • Add other drinks too! Many people would just drink five juices a day, and skip everything else, that’s not a way to go. You still should drink water at least! Add some herb tea as well.
  • Veg over fruits. You should have more veg in your juice cleanse than fruits. Fruits are high in carbs therefore might not be the best option for losing weight, or detox.
  • When you finish the juice cleanse, don’t go straight back to your normal food. Instead, eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and drink two more juices in between. Two days should be enough then go back to your normal life, or if you enjoy juices and who wouldn’t, keep one-two juices per day in your diet.
  • Always be careful and responsible. If anything goes wrong, visit your doctor immediately. You might have some problem you don’t know about.. or not, but it won’t harm you to check with a doctor, just to be sure.

That’s it for today, next time I’d like to talk about how to pick the right juicer or how to make a juice without a juicer – yes that’s really a thing!