Nutrition: Juicing

Try juicing.

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Juicing can provide amazing benefits as long as you follow a couple of guidelines to maximize nutrient absorption and pair fruits and veggies accordingly. My juicer has a permanent spot on my counter top—it makes it much easier to consume the extra micronutrients that aid in muscle repair, improve hydration and energy, strengthen the immune system, and help with digestion. In addition, juicing can help you meet your recommended daily serving of vegetables. Types of juicers include power juicers, cold press juicers and quality blenders. Blenders are the best because fiber is not lost in the extraction process, allowing you to reap the benefits of the micronutrients and the plant fiber. Cold press and power juicers remove the fibers from the juice, but the cold pressed method leaves the juice with higher bioavailability, making it preferable to the power juicer.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your juicing experience!

  • Mix your juice with chia seeds or psyllium husk powder for added fiber, even if using the blender. This also aids in digestion so that the fruit and vegetable sugars will not lead to a spike in insulin levels.
  • Always have a balance of fruits and vegetables. 1/3 fruit, 2/3 vegetables.
  • Introduce new fruits and vegetables in small quantities to give your stomach time to adjust to new produce.
  • Choose organic when possible.
  • Drink your juice as soon as possible to prevent nutrient oxidation.

—Published April 20, 2017

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