Everyday Cleanse Series: 4 Tips to keep in mind if you jump on the juicing or cleansing bandwagon

If you have jumped on the juicing bandwagon, hopefully you are juicing fresh and drinking it right way. If not, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch sugar content. If the juice you are drinking has fruit as the main, or first ingredient, you may be consuming more sugar than you really want to at one time. If you find your juice is impacting your blood sugar in a negative way, one solution is to dilute the juice with some pure water.

2. Choose glass container vs. plastic. You don’t want to take the chance that the plastic is leaching any harmful chemicals into the fresh juice. The powerful antioxidants may easily react with the plastic.

3. Make sure all ingredients are organic. When you concentrate the amount of fruit or veggie you take in, you are also concentrating the amount of potential chemical residue. That is why it is so important to buy organic dates, raisins and prunes too.

4. If you are supplementing with one of the super fruit juices like Acai, Goji, Seabuckthorn, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Noni etc., keep in mind that typically 80% or more of its content is water that you are paying for.

The way to avoid this issue in #4, is to know the company you are buying from. Some companies truly do have only the whole product inside, but it is rare. With today’s technologies, freeze dried can also be an option for fruits, veggies or grasses. Make sure it is organic or certified grown chemical free, and you know the details of the sourcing of raw materials that the company uses. Whether liquid or powder these super foods can easily be added to a juice you have made or purchased, or better yet, added to pure water or coconut water.

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