Top Juicing Mistakes You’re Probably Making
Written by: Brandon Epstein
In case you haven’t heard it enough from myself and the team at Fitlife.tv – we love juicing!
When you are living a fast paced, busy lifestyle, you need a ton of vitamins and minerals to keep you moving full speed ahead. Juicing, of course, is one of the best ways to make sure you get all of those nutrients that you need.
However, if you’re going to juice – let’s make sure you get the absolute most out of the experience.
I am not going to come right out and say there is a right and wrong way to juice, but there are some tips I can teach you to make sure that what you are doing guarantees that you’re getting all the benefits associated with juicing.
To make sure that happens, I’m going to share with you the 4 juicing mistakes you may not know you’re making:
1. Drinking the whole juice at once.
In western society, we tend to want all the results associated with something as soon as humanly possible. That is part of the reason so many people are addicted to all sorts of mood altering prescription pills.
When it comes to juicing, shift gears away from that mindset and enjoy the process of drinking your green juice. If you try to chug the whole juice down like you just finished a marathon, you are putting extra strain on your digestive system and you are going to make it a lot harder for your body to absorb all the nutrients.
In order to activate all the nutrients and benefits of the juice, you should take your time and enjoy every sip of your juice by drinking it in a span of 5 minutes or so. Though I don’t want you to guzzle your juice I do suggest you drink it within 20 minutes of making it. After 30 minutes the sugar content increases, which is why you don’t want it to sit too long!
Become a juicing pro by drinking slow (but not too slow).
2. Not including green vegetables in your juice.
Green, leafy vegetables are energy bombs for your body. They contain a ton of chlorophyll and other nutrients, which oxygenates and detoxifies your body and improves your blood flow.
Excluding green vegetables is very common, because everyone loves sweet fruits, such as apples, pears, oranges and berries. I get it. Those fruits taste a heck of a lot better than parsley and celery.
However, green vegetables should represent the largest proportion of the ingredients in your juice. A golden ratio to follow is 4:1, which means 4 servings of veggies to 1 serving of fruit. If you need an idea of what that may look like, check out this cleansing juice recipe called the liver detox juice.
3. Not drinking the juice right after you make it.
Would you eat a shrunken, old apple or a banana full of brown spots? Probably not. Just like the fruit it is made of, fresh juice keeps its richness in vitamins and nutrients for a short time. It only takes 15 minutes for your juice to start to lose a lot of its benefits due to the exposure to air and light. Therefore, always prepare as much juice as you can drink in one serving.
For example, a good morning energy booster is this Love Your Greens Juice, which is ready in just 10 minutes. Enjoy it at your breakfast table and get ready to start your day with all the energy you need.
4. Including too many sweet fruits.
Many varieties of fruit in particular contains fructose, which is a type of sugar. Though fructose is not inherently bad, you do need to be aware of how much you consume, because a high sugar diet is not optimal for a healthy lifestyle. I am not going to tell you to ditch fruit all together. I would never do that. Just try to stick to the golden ratio of 4:1 – veggies to fruit.
Instead of an apple, berry and banana mix, try this power drink to unlock your full brainpower and a ton of energy. The power drink is delicious, low in sugar and will keep you locked in and focused for hours.
Let me be clear my friend – I am thrilled you are juicing! The next step in your journey is to follow the four guidelines above to make sure you get the absolute most out of your experience.
Brandon Epstein is a former college football player, turned professional fitness model and serial entrepreneur. These days he spends his time helping people look great and feel awesome over at ZenDudeFitness.com. He can also be found hosting the Zen Dude Fitness Podcast where he’s always looking for new ways to make fat loss fun, simple and efficient for everybody.
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