10 Common Juicing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
It is important to remember that everyone starts somewhere. No one wakes up one day and can perfectly create juices. Juicing is a type of art form, and like any type of art form, it takes time to perfect. While you are bound to make some mistakes, you can easily avoid making most of the common mistakes if you learn what they are and what you can do to prevent them from happening.
1. You Don’t Have Enough Greens
While people like to poke fun at the green juice stereotype, drinking green juices is actually important when you are trying to receive the maximum health benefits from juicing. Green vegetables contain a variety of nutrients and health benefits, but one of the most important is chlorophyll, which promotes oxygen and blood circulation, as well as a boost of energy. A good rule of thumb is to drink juices with mainly green ingredients for majority of the week, then treat yourself to fruitier and sweeter juices on the weekend.
2. Not Cold Pressed
A cold press juicer uses slower compressions to juice the various fruits and vegetables you use. While this process provides you with richer, smoother, and overall better quality juices, it tends to be more expensive and take longer than other juicers. Cheap juicers tend to juice ingredients quickly because they use heat and oxygen to speed up the process. But, during this quick process, the dense nutrients are often destroyed. Unfortunately, the only way this can be avoided is if you decide to invest in a cold pressed juicer. That may not be an option for everyone, so if you can’t afford a cold pressed juicer do not let this hinder your motivation. Remember, juicing with a cheaper juicer is better than not juicing at all, and you can always save up for a cold pressed juicer!
3. Saving it for Later
Although it may seem convenient to spend a select amount of time to make enough juice for a few days, it is not beneficial. Unfortunately, juicing isn’t like meal prepping. If you choose to make a large jug of juice, the crucial and beneficial nutrients will diminish and leave you with a low potent juice. Instead of juicing in advance, make enough juice for yourself at the exact time that you plan to drink it. If you make a juice and can’t drink it right away, pour it into a dark and tight cup and put it in the fridge. The maximum time that you should refrigerate a juice is 24 hours. Anything after that, it’s almost worth making a complete new juice rather than drinking the juice that was sitting.
4. Unclean Juice
In the process of juicing, the fiber from your fruit and vegetables will be removed. Although this helps your body absorb nutrients quicker, it exposes your body to possibly digesting pesticides and chemicals. This can easily be avoided by purchasing all organic produce. If you are tight on cash, try researching which ingredients are better to buy organic than others. This will help you lessen the amount of toxins you are exposing your body to.
5. Quickly Drinking Your Juice
Although it’s bad to store your juice for too long, it’s just as bad to drink your juice quickly. Some people think that in order to receive the maximum amount of health benefits they have to down their juice as soon as it’s poured into a glass. But, that’s not the case at all. In fact, if you drink your juice like a shot of alcohol, your body won’t be able to process all of the nutrients as efficiently as it normally would. If you are a quick drinker, make sure you have time to relax the next time you drink your juice. Read a book, scroll through social media, or catch up on your favorite television show as you enjoy your fresh juice.
6. Drinking Store Bought Juices
Unless you went to a juice shack and saw the employee make your juice, or extensively know about their juicing process, you should never purchase a premade juice. Premade juices often have additional sweeteners and other added preservatives that diminish the purpose of drinking juice. Also, premade juices have typically been sitting for a long time, therefore the nutrients are not active. There are a few ways you can avoid this. Simply create a routine where you have adequate time set aside to make and drink your juice. If you absolutely can’t adhere to your plan one day, you may want to sit out altogether from drinking juice that day, and simply pick up where you left off the next day.
7. Using the Same Ingredients
While juice ingredients are typically all health beneficial and organic, they still have toxins. These toxins can be harmful in large doses, specifically when you use the same ingredient with the toxin for a prolonged period. Not only does using the same ingredients over and over again exposes your body to toxins, but you won’t be getting the true maximum amount of health benefits because you are not incorporating versatile components and nutrients. To avoid this, simply find a few recipes with different ingredients and health purposes, and rotate them throughout the week, month, and year.
8. Using Only Fruits or Vegetables
Typically new juicers find themselves within one of the following two categories. They either like fruity juices or hearty and earthy juices. Unfortunately, using only fruits or vegetables is unbeneficial because you won’t be maximizing the amount of nutrients your body is getting. Instead, you could be ingesting too much sugar from fruits, or too many toxins from vegetables. In order to regulate this, simply alternate between fruit-based and vegetable-based juices. Also, remember to always include a mixture of fruits and vegetables, no matter what flavor profile you are attempting to achieve.
9. Throwing Random Ingredients Together
Although juicing is an art form, it takes a lot of knowledge before you can free-hand it and create your own recipes. There are reasons why you will see ingredients commonly paired together, and some ingredients never paired together. You can actually get sick from a chemical reaction if you pair the wrong ingredients together. So, until you have extensive knowledge about juicing, stick to recipes.
10. Not Juicing Enough
If you are not juicing at all, or you are not juicing enough, then you are making a mistake. If you are serious about bettering your health and receiving maximum health benefits from juicing then you need to create a comprehensive juicing plan and adhere to it. Between the physical and mental health benefits you will receive from juicing, it will be hard to figure out why you didn’t start juicing earlier!
Overall, everyone makes juicing mistakes. Even people who have years of experience juicing make mistakes. But, it’s okay. It’s better to learn how we can avoid and fix our mistakes then get discouraged and give up juicing because of the possible mistakes we can make.