It is important to discuss the specific combinations of fruits and vegetables when it comes to preparing juice therapy! At the grocery store, one can find a wide variety of juices that we are all familiar with- natural juices as well as processed juices. However, the combination of ingredients in juices are VERY important, and it isn’t all the time that someone pays attention to the combination of ingredients in the juices they are purchasing. For example, orange and carrot juice is delicious, right? Well, let us share that this it is important to avoid this combination, since it can elevate stomach acid, causing many dysfunctions in the liver. At the same time, this combination can stimulate excessive biles, and power some substances that are harmful to the renal system.
Fruits that are acidic include: oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, etc. Semi-acidic fruits include: strawberries, cherries, passion fruit, pineapple, etc. Sweet fruits include: plums, apricots, peaches, etc. Similarly, there are also different classifications of vegetables. Leafy vegetables include: lettuce, spinach, chard, arugula, etc. There are also many other vegetables that aren’t considered leafy vegetables, for example, peppers, carrots, radishes, etc. The classification of vegetables are much easier when you think of them in terms of their tastes. For example, there are some vegetables that are sweet, spicy, or neutral. The taste is very important because, in the case of sweet vegetables, like carrots, we recommend not mixing them with acidic fruits like the tomato. Yes! The tomato is in fact an acidic fruit. Combinations sweet and acidic are the combination that is important to avoid.
Finally, Neutral fruits include: apples and limes, and can be combined with any other fruit and/or vegetable. I already know what you are thinking… limes are acidic! But, in fact, limes are not acidic because the biochemistry of the lime aligns with that of a neutral fruit, and highly alkalizing, additionally, it has antibiotic and healing properties… and a lot of vitamin C!
With this information, you have all that is necessary to start creating your own juices at home! If you need a little bit more help, there is a combination table below that shows if different combinations of food are good or bad, included are the foods that would be used to create juices. It is a good idea to print this chart and tape it to you refridgerator to have it always visible when you are preparing food.
There are a few tips to keep in mind when incorporating juices into our lives, in order to help us achieve maximum benefits:
- Be careful of the combinations that we have mentioned above.
- Do not mix juices with solid food. Juices are not a liquid that is to be accompanied by solid food. It is necessary to intake juices and solid foods separately. This is because juices by themselves are considered to be a whole food.
- Drink a lot of water. It may seem that you need less water now that you are drinking juices. However, juice is considered a whole food, with detoxifying, diuretic, and draining effects. Water can also be used as a vehicle to eliminate toxins. Therefore, water intake is fundamental to maintain your body hydrated.
- If you are going to drink orange juice, go ahead! It is delicious and super nutritious. However, keep in mind that it is much better for you if you don’t mix it with other ingredients- just oranges by themselves. Try drinking your orange juice before the middle of the day, and you will be able to take better advantage of the nutrients orange juice has to offer.
- Green juice is made with leafy green vegetables and most likely with apples and carrots to improve the taste. If later you feel like drinking a juice made from acidic fruits, please wait at least 2 hours after you intake the green juice. Each juice has different digestion times, and to mix them in the digestive system can provoke swelling and gases. So, it is better to wait.