Whether you’re someone who’s new to juicing or have been juicing for a long while, you may have wanted to know just how much you should drink a day whilst juicing. Have you been drinking too much? Too little? How can you even tell?
When juicing how much should you drink a day? The suggested amount for beginners is about one liter total or two servings of 16 ounces each. This changes for each person’s specific nutritional wants and needs. You might need more or less. Some people on juice fasts drink from 32 oz to 80 oz and more.
Not satisfied with a cut-and-dry answer? Good! Because there is much more to this question than meets the eye. Luckily for you, I have the full answer here in this handy article, plus a couple of little extra goodies.
What is juicing and why should you try it?
Juicing is, at its very core, smashing some fruits and mostly vegetables with a special machine, and then drinking the juice it produces. Reaching the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is difficult for most of us. Juice is easier and quicker for your body to digest right away because the fiber is taken out. It’s a quick way to get the energizing hit of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll in an easily digestible form.
There’s no debate that fruits and veggies are really good for you, but the sheer volume of them that you have to consume daily can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re not a super big fan of either fruits or veggies.
If you have ever wanted an easier way to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in a day to get all your vital nutrients and vitamins, then juicing may be just what you’re looking for.
Since juicing makes it easier to consume fruits and vegetables, the biggest benefit will be an improved sense of health. You may not only feel better, but you may look heather too. A lot of fruits and vegetables can not only help your whole body’s health, but may also improve your hair and skin. You might as well look smashing and amazing while getting your vitamins.
If you’re looking to lose weight, then juicing may help to curb your appetite when done properly. Or perhaps you just want a healthy snack and to increase your liquid intake. No matter the reason, juicing may be just what you need in your life.
How much juice should you drink a day?
Now that I’ve covered the basics of what juicing is and why you should give it a try, let’s dive into the main topic of this article. The real “juice” of it, if you will.
If you’re new to juicing, it may seem a bit overwhelming with all the juice recipes and types of juicers out there, but probably the most important thing to remember is to listen to your own body and get a feel for what might be best for you. While one person may like to drink exactly the daily amount of fruits and vegetables, another person may think that’s not quite enough. It is entirely your decision on how much you think will be perfect.
I recommend one liter total or two servings of 16 ounces each for beginners. Other people on juice fasts drink anywhere from 32 oz to a staggering 80 oz or more a day. No matter what you do, you should never consume a sizable amount more than the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Consuming too much, even too much of a good thing, is never a good idea.
When I started I juiced a ratio of one cup of fruits to one cup of vegetables. Now, I usually do one cup of fruits to four cups of veggies and I always try to juice the rainbow. While going a over or under this might be fine, you really need to take into consideration your own nutritional needs.
Your juice should always be paired with at least the same amount of water. So, let’s say that you decided to have, 30 oz of juice over the course of one day. Then you should drink at least 30 oz of water as well. Why should you do this? By drinking water when you are juicing you’re helping your body more efficiently digest the juice and its plentiful nutrients, as well as help to keep you hydrated.
Now, I feel like I should mention the fact that after you find the right amount for yourself, you aren’t meant to knock back all of your daily juice and water in one huge go like some kind of massive health shot. If you were to do that, you would probably immediately regret it. Instead of risking stomach explosions, you’re actually meant to space out your juices throughout the day and between solid meals. Juicing should be a supplement to a balanced diet and never completely replace solid foods in my opinion.
Can you make a large batch of juice and store it for later?
Perhaps you’re a busy person, bustling from one place to another in a tornado of busyness. Life happens. So, it would seem to be just so much easier to juice one big batch and store it for when you want it, right?
Now, time for the unfortunate truth: if you’re going to juice, you should really drink it right away. The reason for this is that since juice is made from the fresh fruits and veggies that you are using, it will start to spoil right away, and slowly lose all the nutrition that it contains. That’s just how fruits and vegetables work. They don’t have any preservatives to keep them in one state longer, but we don’t want to eat a ton of preservatives anyway.
Fruits and vegetables, as super as they are, have a bad habit of quickly losing their nutrients the moment they are prepared for consumption. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever store your juice. Juices made with a slow masticating juicer will keep fresh three times longer than juices made with a centrifugal juicer. You can actually store juice made with a slow juicer in the fridge for up to 72 hours. However, anything past that may be questionable and you should use with discretion. This does not, however, stop the sadly unavoidable processes of your juice losing its healthy deliciousness over time.
All that said, there is nothing wrong with making a big batch of your favorite juice for the day and keeping it in an airtight container or bottle. Bring that sucker with you and sip to your heart’s content throughout the day to help maintain that awesome fruit and veggie boost.
Should you peel fruits and veggies before juicing?
Whether you choose to peel your fruits and veggies before you juice them is entirely up to you. But a good habit to get into is to always scrub your produce before juicing. Your fruits and veggies should be as clean as they can be before you start juicing. This is because you’re not going to be cooking them to get rid of any possible germs, bugs, or even sometimes pesticides. By not properly washing your fruits and veggies, you’re basically inviting bad things into your body via deliciously deceptive juices. We can’t have that!
The skin of produce usually contains essential nutrition and leaving it on during the juicing process can imbibe your juice with some of this nutrition. As long as you have washed your produce of choice thoroughly before juicing, you can usually leave the skins on if you wish.
However, for some fruits and vegetables with more bitter or tough skins, like oranges or watermelons, it is recommended that you should remove their skins and especially rinds before juicing. The bitterness of lemons or orange skins is typically too much for most people, but you can sometimes add a small piece or two if you want.
As for those tough parts, you typically shouldn’t ever put anything too hard, like pits and seeds, into your juicer because of the possibility of breaking the fragile machine. They can’t pulverize everything into delicious juice, otherwise, they would be unstoppable and we would all be doomed to bow down to our new juicer overlords. Most hard pits aren’t edible anyway, so you’re not missing much by not using those.
Can you use a blender for juicing? Blenders are usually a little easier to come by than a juicer might be, but unfortunately, you cannot use these machines interchangeably. Blenders and juicers are entirely different machines and both have pretty different functions. Juicers press or slice fruit or vegetable into juice and discard the fiber as one dry chunk, while blenders pulverize the entire thing to your desired consistency. This does not make one better than the other, as they are both intended for different uses.
Can you drink too much when juicing? Much like with everything else, there is a possibility of drinking too much when you’re juicing. Juicing is healthy, but you may have to carefully measure out how much you are consuming. Even too much of healthy minerals and other nutrients can inflict damage, but everyone has their own specific limits so there isn’t one set amount to follow. Juice responsibly.
Even when you’re juicing delectable combinations of healthy fruits and vegetables, there is still such a thing as too much of a good thing. While finding the perfect juice balance for your specific needs might take a while, hopefully, this article has helped to bring you closer to your goal, and also bring you closer to leading a Vibrant, Happy, and Healthy life! Just be sure to listen to your body and how it reacts to ensure you’re not overdoing it or under doing it.