The new coffee is here and it is called juicing! Have you found yourself juicing it on your way to work? Your friend does it, so does your neighbor, and your colleagues are also planning to start juicing.
You almost forgot about coffee in the morning, but only take a healthy juice instead. You are completely assured that this will turn you into a healthier person, but it turned out last month you gained a few pounds. You couldn’t believe what happened, so you looked at the scale twice before realizing what you’re doing is wrong for you.
Yes, juicing can be bad for you. But you don’t need to panic immediately because juicing isn’t entirely bad. The way you’re doing it might be bad for you. So you might need a couple of hints on how to do it right, because you are making a lot of mistakes and you end up feeling exhausted and with a few more pounds.
We are here to help you find out what’s wrong and correct it in the future.
You are at a risk of getting diabetes
There is something called prediabetes, and 79 million Americans have it, the American Diabetes Association says. Prediabetes occurs when you sugar levels have crossed the healthy line and are very close to developing the disease. If you put fruits containing a high amount of sugar, you might end up developing diabetes.
One study found that if you drink one or more servings of apple, orange, grapefruit or other juice a day, you are at a risk to develop diabetes by 21%. The study was conducted at Harvard University in 2010. Additionally, if you are juicing you might not get the fiber of the fruit, but instead just the sugar. This might happen if you have a metabolic disorder. In this case, it is advisable to eat the whole fruit instead of juicing it, because fiber slows down sugar absorption in the blood stream.
Juicing will make you consume calories bombs
Most fasts recommend taking up to 96 ounces of juice on a daily basis in order to lose some weight. However, experts say this is too much because juicing in order to lose weight might cause damage to your body. Actually, when you juice all the time, you don’t get the necessary nutrients. Moreover, you are consuming more sugar from the fruits and vegetables than you should.
Experts confirm that many smoothies and juices are very caloric, containing more calories than a real meal. Such instance is the Jamba Juice Razzmatazz Smoothie. It is made with orange sherbet, strawberries, bananas, and berry juice, containing 580 calories. Be careful not to exaggerate on the calories, because you will not feel full, but want more.
You are at a risk of hazardous drug interaction
If you are taking certain medications, you might slow down with juicing. For instance, if you are on blood-thinning medications (warfarin) you should be careful with the spinach-kale smoothie. In this smoothie there is a lot of vitamin K, so it is bad for you in this condition. To be precise, these green wonders that are so popular and loved by juicers (kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, parsley, and mustard greens) have up to 550 micrograms of vitamin K in one cup.
This means that they can cause lowering of the drugs’ anti-clotting activity. For these people, it is recommended that they don’t exceed half a cup of leafy greens a day, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center advises. Also, it is important not to change the amount of these leafy greens, because a great change in the amount of vitamin K can cause a blood clot, or even a stroke.
Some other useful information is about grapefruit juice. It shouldn’t be consumed by people on cholesterol-lowering drugs because this fruit blocks an important enzyme that controls absorption of drugs including simvastatin or atorvastatin. Grapefruit can be also harmful for people who consume drugs for high blood pressure, anxiety, or allergies.
You are not juicing rinds, peels, and skins
There are certain forbidden skins of fruits and vegetables that can cause harm to your body, but some of them can be very healthy for you. This is one of the ways to incorporate the missing fiber when you are juicing. Some of the most important skins to incorporate are: citrus peels, watermelon rind, and mango skin.
Citrus fruits bring antioxidants in your body through their peels. The most famous flavonoid, naringin, is brought by the peel of grapefruit, mandarin, and lemon, whereas the flavonoid hesperidin, found in the white part of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange peels helps in improving menopause symptoms. You probably never thought of the watermelon rinds, but actually there is an amino acid called citrulline, which is proven to benefit the cardiovascular system. Last, but not the least, mango skin helps to keep a healthy skin.
You stopped eating regularly
Juicing cannot replace real food. If you think juicing will make you thinner if you don’t eat, you are wrong. It will either make you feel exhausted or dying from hunger. It works very simply. The juice will go quickly into your body system, but the body is used to eat until it’s full. This will make you eat more, although you already packed yourself with the nutrients from the juice. If you don’t eat after 20-60 minutes after the juice, you will feel weak and you’ll be at a risk of starving for food.
You juice the same fruits and vegetables over and over again
It may seem obvious and not dangerous at all, but doing this can seriously damage your hormonal balance and your thyroid gland. The worst-case scenario is that you might eventually develop food intolerance. Therefore, try to use various greens and fruits every week or month. If you are out of ideas, you can always find some good recipes on the internet.
Your juice is not fresh
Did you know that if you wait for too long to drink your juice it loses all the nutrients? This happens because when live enzymes are exposed to air, they start degrading. So drink your juice immediately after you’ve prepared it for best results!