Before you start…
How do extracted juices differ from juices bought in the store?
Extracted juices are not pasteurized whereas the juices sold in stores are. The pasteurization process enables the juices to be preserved for long periods of time, however, it kills all the enzymes and minerals from the fruits and vegetables.
What is the difference between juices and smoothies?
Juices are usually extracted from machines such as centrifugal, masticating or twin gear, which separates the fruit and/or vegetable fiber from the juice, whereas smoothies are a blend of fruits and/or vegetables with the fiber.
Smoothies are heartier and take a longer time to digest than extracted juices. Extracted juices offer more micronutrients to your body since they go directly into your bloodstream when consumed, and don’t require much energy from your digestive system. The choice of smoothies or extracted juices depends on your needs!
How often should I drink extracted juices to receive their benefits?
As you already know, vitamins and minerals from your veggies and fruits are needed on a daily basis. If you can drink a serving of 33cl juice a day, then you are covered in your daily allowance.
If you can’t juice every day, then aim for at least a well balanced fruit and vegetable juice 4 times a week to reap the benefits, or a juice fast once a week.
Are their any risks involved in juicing?
Having a juice a day bears no risk unless you are diabetic or have other pertinent health issues in which case, you must get your doctor’s advice beforehand.
Beware that consuming extracted fruit-only juices risks increases your blood sugar levels because they have a high glycemic index. It is highly recommended that you extract fruit juices WITH vegetable juices. Aim to juice 3 non-sweet vegetables to 1 fruit. This will decrease your the drink’s glycemic index. Otherwise, it is better to eat or blend your fruit, as the digestion of the fiber in the fruit prevents the sugar levels in your blood from increasing rapidly.
Is it OK to give my baby juice?
Introducing your children to fruit and vegetables early is a great idea, but remember that their digestive systems are delicate and that their teeth are soft and sensitive to acid and sugar. So be sparing with fruit juice and dilute juices generously with ten parts water for babies over six months.
How long can I keep extracted juices?
Extracted juices from a centrifugal machine can be conserved about 4-5 hours without oxidation if stored in a cool place and in air-tight containers.
Extracted juices from a masticating juicer can be stored about 24 hours in a refrigerator. Extracted juices from a cold press can be stored 5-7 days in a refrigerator without oxidation and for months in a freezer.
Can juices be used as meal replacement?
Yes, well-concocted juices with an appropriate ratio of ingredients and supplements to nourish the body can be used as a meal replacement.
Many busy people report that consuming a juice as a meal boosts physical and mental energy, and prevents the lethargy and indigestion that results in eating heavy meals when on the go.
If our bodies have a natural detoxification system, why do we need to cleanse?
The act of juice cleansing replenishes your body with minerals and enzymes so that your organs can release toxins that it has been holding on to. A juice cleanse also rests your digestive system so that your natural detoxification system can work more efficiently.
Will I lose weight by doing a juice cleanse?
Yes, most people maintain a healthy weight after a juice cleanse because during the juice fast they become more aware of their bodies’ real hunger signals and the feeling of being nourished. This awareness helps inform food choices that lead the body to find its best weight for optimal health.
Can anyone do a juice cleanse?
Juice cleanses are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, nor for athletes working intensely.
For diabetics and other people with digestion and food allergy conditions, it is better to seek medical advice beforehand.