I love juicing. Fresh juices are a great way to discover new fruits and vegetables, as well as nourishing the body with easily absorbed nutrients. It’s like having a multivitamin in a glass! It’s always best if you can make your own juices at home (with a juicer) as you can control the ingredients and have them fresh. Most of the juices at the grocery stores are pasteurized and are very high in sugar.
If you are wondering what’s in this delicious juice (on the picture), I’ve used fresh carrots (and leaves), blood oranges (they were in season!), fresh ginger root (aid digestion and support heart health), fresh lemon juice (alkalize the body) and turmeric root (helps to decrease inflammation in the body).
Here are my top 5 tips for juicing:
1. Drink your juice on an empty stomach (easier to digest and absorb)
2. Drink it right away (to avoid loss of nutrients)
3. Put more veggies than fruits (to avoid too much sugar)
4. Chew your juice (helps digestion and absorption of nutrients)
5. Choose organic, fresh foods (to avoid pesticides and other toxins, and to get more nutrients)
*BONUS tip: VARY your greens and ingredients! Don’t be scared to try new combinations.
*If you have to be on a low sugar or on a sugar-free diet for a specific health reason such as diabetes, candida or cancer, I recommend to mainly drink fresh green juices, and avoid drinking the ones that are mainly made from fruits or root vegetables such as carrots and beets, as they are much higher in sugar. Juicing removes the fibers and without fibers, sugar is absorbed much quicker into the bloodstream. To improve the taste, you can add a slice of ginger root or fresh lemon juice. If you can tolerate a little sugar, a green apple (lower in sugar than other apples) may help.