For my last birthday, I got a very nice surprise - a masticating juicer!
Since then, I have been drinking freshly pressed juices, especially carrot juice and green juices more often. What a difference it makes.
Drinking fresh pressed fruit and vegetables juices is a great tasting way to supplement with extra nutrients. It is a wonderful blessing.
But experience has taught me that like everything else, juicing has it's proper time and place. There is a best time to take juice.
As I work towards having cleaner, more efficient digestion, I have become more sensitive to the little things that cause disruptions and setbacks that can take days to revover from.
Sometimes the signs are very subtle and I'm learning not to ignore them.
One thing I have noticed about juicing...
... is that it can disrupt my digestion - it all depends on when I take it.
Here's an example....
I got into the habit of drinking a green drink in the late evening. It was usually many hours after dinner when my stomach should be empty again.
The greens make me feel amazing from the intake of chlorophyll and nutrients. Lots of chlorophyll helps me to sleep much more soundly.
However, whenever I drink juice in the evening, my mouth is not as fresh upon waking up as it normally is when I go to bed with an empty stomach. Sometimes the juice causes me to wake up later than normal, and sometimes it feels like my stomach is not completely clear.
These are the very same signs that come with eating a meal close to bedtime.
Whenever they are present, it tells me that something is not quite right with what I am doing. Drinking juice at that late hour (even though the juice is supposed to digest quickly) is still too much extra work for my stomach.
My stomach need a rest too!
It's so much nicer to go to bed on a completely empty stomach. Sleep is so much sweeter that way.
What else have I noticed?
I have also noticed digestive disturbances whenever I drink fruit or vegetable juice while a meal is still being digested.
It's worse if the juice is fruit based following a vegetable meal, or vegetable juice following a fruit meal. Fruit and vegetables do not combine well when eaten together in the same meal. It's best to have them at separate meals.
As an aside...
I'm not convinced that mixing fruit and vegetable juices together is a good idea either. I know it is a popular thing to do, and adding fruit is a convenient way to improve the flavor of greens and vegetables. However, I have read that the combination of fruit and vegetables causes acidity. Could it apply to the juice as well? I will have to investigate that further...
But back to the topic at hand....
It is a well known fact that eating between meals hinders digestion. In my experience, drinking juice between meals does the same thing!
Update, February 7, 2018 - I was listening to a health lecture yesterday by a medical doctor who specializes in natural health. He pointed out that the pancreas is activated whenever we take nutrients into our digestive system. The body treats it as a full meal. This can lead to problems in the pancreas! The doctor also mentioned that studies show that as a person increases the number pf meals they eat in a day, their risk of cancer goes up. Two meals a day is ideal.
So, I've changed my approach to drinking juice.
Since freshly pressed juices are so high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, I think of them as a meal, always to be taken on an empty stomach.
I either take them...
That is the best time to take juice.
And the results? Digestion is so much cleaner! The juice goes in, digests, and I feel great! My stomach gets its proper rest between meals. I'm happier.
To stay properly hydrated between meals, I drink plenty of pure soft (distilled) water. That's all I need between meals. Simple!
Juice is NOT a replacement for water between meals.
"Thou...gavest them water for their thirst." Nehemiah 9:20.
Following these simple guidelines is allowing me to benefit from fresh pressed juice and keep my digestive system happy at the same time.
Have you noticed any changes in your digestion when you drink juice? Post your comments below.
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If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15: 26