Fruit juices create a rapid rise in blood sugar. If you have a healthy digestive system, that wouldn’t be a problem – except that most people are on the Standard American Diet (SAD) do NOT have a healthy digestive system. In fact, they have been consuming far too much sugar for many years. As a result, today you may have a variety of conditions. Hypoglycemia is the one which causes your body to overreact to all the sugar you’ve been eating by overproducing insulin, resulting in a sugar crash – getting tired after drinking a sweet fruit smoothie or fruit juice for example. This is also true for people with any form of diabetes. In addition, you may be suffering from candidiasis. Candida can also make you feel tired or fatigued – and candida, a type of yeast, thrives on sugar!
So I usually suggest that when you start out juicing, at least for the first month, and maybe longer, you carefully monitor yourself. Begin with vegetable juices, avoiding high-sugar veggies like carrots and beets. My reaction to sugar is pretty under control now, but I still avoid carrots and beets. I learned to appreciate the natural alkaline taste of green veggies. Sometime I put one small carrot in green drink, especially if I am using a lot of kale and parsley.
If you don’t fall into one of the categories above, there may be no need for you to avoid fruit juices. The natural sugar in fruits, called fructose, can be easily assimilated, unlike table sugar, or glucose, which is harmful. Fructose has a low glycemic index (GI), which means that it doesn’t make the glucose level in the blood rise as fast and won’t spike your insulin as easily as high GI foods.
However, if you want to drink very sweet fruit juices like pineapple, grapes and mango, I recommend diluting them with water or with other less sweet juices, like fresh young Thai coconut juice – yummy. It is always a good idea to dilute fruit juices with water when giving them to young children.
One last caution regarding fruit juices! It is very tempting to use a lot of fruit juice for beginners – it is easy and it is sweet! That is your addiction talking, or maybe the inner voice of the hungry candida yeasts coursing through your bloodstream. You can get all the sugar your body needs without any fruit at all! In addition, too many fruits are loaded with citric acid. Though a weak acid, it actually can corrode your teeth if you drink a lot of fruit juices. If you do succumb to a juice fix, don’t beat yourself up – that is all part of changing to a new lifestyle. Just brush your teeth after!
Juice of the Day:
Handful of Kale
1 Tbsp Goji berries
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 cup Granola
1/4 cup Blueberries
1 inch size Ginger