6 Top Tips to Juicing & How to Juice Cleanse in Winter

by Polly N on October 29, 2012

By now you should know I am a juice junkie – I love the stuff, not just because it tastes good but because it’s good for me. Green juice is my favourite because it is alkalising, anti-inflammatory and packed full of oxygen and chlorophyll which my cells love! In my opinion, it’s never too late to start juicing and is the most loving thing you can do for your body. So if you’re not yet on the juicy bandwagon, here are a few tips to get you started.

 

Juice rocks because it is the fastest and easiest way to flood your cells with liquid nutrition. By separating the fruit or vegetable from its fibre, we gain access to all of the amazing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients which are much more easily assimilated by our body than if we were to eat them. Most combinations taste good but generally speaking I like to use mostly vegetables, with just a piece of low GI fruit such as apple or pear to sweeten it up.

There are several juicers on the market, some are centrifugal machines, while others are masticating. Check out this post for more info on the difference between the two and which will suit your needs. I also sell juicers in my online store.

The best time to drink juice is anytime! But leave at least thirty minutes between drinking it and eating so as not to disrupt the digestion process.

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your juice:

♥ Unwaxed lemons and limes are preferable; when adding to the juicer, cut away the peel leaving the white pith on as this contains many nutrients.

♥ Juices are best consumed immediately however if you wish to make enough to last you all day add a chunk of lemon to your juice as the Vitamin C content will help preserve it. Pour the juice into a glass jar, preferably right to the top leaving as little air and space as possible. This will reduce the oxidation making it less likely to spoil. Consume within 24 hours.

♥ When adding garlic, ginger, herbs or any food that has a low water content, add them to the the juicer at the beginning of juicing so the other ingredients push them though the machine gaining maximum benefit.

♥ At the end of juicing, pour approximately 50ml water into the juicer to help any remaining juice to reach the spout.

♥ It is often possible to gain an extra half a glass of juice by running the juice pulp through the machine to squeeze out every last drop!

♥ If you can’t afford organic, be sure to peel your veg, such as cucumbers and carrots.

If you’re thinking about doing a juice cleanse at this time of the year, here’s a few tips on how to juice cleanse in the winter months:

♥ Add fresh ginger to the ingredients you’re juicing as this has a warming effect on the body.

♥ Drink plenty of herbal teas and hot water with lemon and raw honey.

♥ Wrap up warm – thermals come in handy!

♥ Take saunas (I bought mine a few years ago and love it!)

♥ Dry skin brush to get your lymphatic system moving

♥ Exercise

Here are some juice recipes in case you need some inspiration. Check out my book “Clarity Cleanse” – a 48 hour done-for you juice schedule.

Happy juicing! xxx

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Courtney Pool October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Nice synchronicity! I just wrote a post on this yesterday!

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polly October 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Great minds! Ive been meaning to write it for weeks but only got round to it today. ;o)

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Courtney Pool October 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Indeed! :)

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Ana October 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Polly, these are great tips for juicing that I’ll make sure to keep in mind! I’ve been experimenting with it for a few months now, and I’m just trying to work it into my routine so that I can drink it regularly; I’ve also found a few recipes that incorporate the juice pulp (which means I don’t have to throw it away anymore, yay!) so hopefully that will help.

I’ve also been reading a lot about dry skin brushing and have really wanted to try it; the only problem is that in all sources it is recommended to be done in the morning before showering, which makes sense, but with a 5:30 am wake-up call and 6:15 am leaving home most days, it doesn’t really fit into my schedule. Since you seem to have some experience with it, I was wondering, do you know if it can be done (and would work just as well) for example at night before bed?

Hope you’re having a great start to the week!

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polly October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi Ana, thats great that you’re getting into juicing ;o) Re dry skin brushing, the reason its advised to be done in the morning is because it’s a good way to start your day, get lymph system moving and get you pumped up and ready for your day. So the only negative I can forsee doing it at night is that you feel raring to go and wide awake before bed. So its up to you but ultimately it’s just great that you’re doing it at all.

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Clara October 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hi Polly!
Thank you for the tips!

I started with jiuce about 2 months ago and I really enjoy them…i have one most mornings and am trying to fit them into my routine! Will definitely add some ginger and lemon in my next ones!

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Fork and Whisk October 31, 2012 at 3:38 am

Polly,
My wife and I have a juicer at home but don’t use nearly often enough. I always do feel better after having a glass of fresh juice. Reading this gets me excited to juice again. Thanks for the post. My first time visiting your blog, it looks great.

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Juice Cleanse November 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Take a Juice Cleanse within the spring or a minimum of within the hotter months. Once it’s cold, drinking juice alone isn’t enough to sustain you.

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Dave June 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hi, Polly!
Thank you for great tips! You look great on photo at sauna:) I like juicing and it helps me feel much better each day. I also like to add ginger to all my juices and teas. What do you think about impact of vegetable and fruit juice combination on our body and health? Maybe I need to mix fruits only with fruits?

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polly June 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi Dave, personally I don’t worry about the combinations of certain foods.

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