ALOHA! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Today we are going to talk about fitness and juicing. A lot of you have been asking me is it okay to do a juice cleanse while working out and the answer is yes. Another question I get asked is “are there juices to help with pre-workout, post after work, and all in between,” and the answer is yes. So get comfy, grab some water, and learn something new today.
We will start by talking about a few tips on Juicing and Working out. When beginning a juice cleanse, it’s important to drink six juices a day. You may have to up your juice intake to nine juices a day. It’s essential to listen to your body and what it needs. If you plan on doing cardio or resistance training, consider adding at least 15-17 grams of a plant-based protein. My favorite protein is Hemp powder, but any will do. Drink a gallon of water a day. A good habit to start is weighing yourself pre-work. Then, post-workout rehydrating 16-20 oz water for every 1 lb lost through sweat (in addition to electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water and even juice). But of course, don’t over obsess about the number. Whatever goal you are trying to reach, you will. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I recommend 8-12 oz; our beet pine research has shown that beets have a specific nutrient that can help to promote oxygen uptake by muscles. Beets are also a source of electrolytes (potassium and some sodium). This may be necessary for conjunction with having quick-digesting carbs during the workout (i.e., a banana or even a few dates or figs) for extra energy. This may be the best way to start before doing a full juice cleanse. If you are a hardcore athlete, consider adding extra electrolytes such as coconut water or sea salt.
If you are like me, coming from a diet of sodas, chocolate bars, energy drinks, and various other unhealthy supplements, that is an absolute no-no during exercise. When you start juicing, it may come as a shock to the taste buds as they adapt to an organic diet. But I am here to tell you it’s worth it. If you are already juicing and just here for some tips, always encourage someone else. Getting the best results out of any training, exercise, or regiment is pairing the right juices with the correct exercise, and of course, selecting the right juicer and blender. Fiber content is necessary for any proper diet and workout regime. Always remember that there are juices that work similarly to laxatives, making them a great way to start detoxing the body before an exercise program. Nothing beats the feeling of walking into a gym, knowing you’re clean on the inside and out. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, consult with your doctor. I am not a doctor, just a future herbalist in training, trying to heal the world. Some juices that push weight loss and will clean the system are celery, wheatgrass, lemon, apple, papaya, and spinach. Each will accelerate weight loss and increase your metabolism. It’s important to remember the body loses electrolytes during a workout, but it also losses something more critical, glycogen. Both glycogen (which is a form of stored carbohydrates in the body) and electrolytes need replenishing every morning, and also after every workout session.
- It’s good to remember your body takes about five hours to digest fat, three hours for protein, and two hours for carbohydrates. For this reason, if your workout is a few hours away, your meal should consist of a combination of low fat, high carb foods with moderate protein. If your workout is about 90 minutes away, have a snack to energize like almonds. Remove large pits and hard seeds from fruits such as peaches, plums, and cherries. Smaller and softer seeds, like those found in watermelons and grapes, can be juiced as they include beneficial nutrients.
I will make a second post with recipes and workouts. Some tips to remember is always to remove the peel from citrus fruits before juicing them. The peels from oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits contain oils that are indigestible and provide a bitter taste. If consumed in large quantities, citrus peels can lead to digestive problems. Lemon and lime peels can be juiced, but if consuming them, make sure they’re organic to avoid pesticides. The white portion of citrus fruit is the most beneficial part as it contains the most vitamin C and bioflavonoids (an antioxidant). Don’t forget to wash your produce and remove any bruised portions. For washing, I recommend using vinegar and castle soap. Soak your fruits and vegetables with hot water for 10 min then rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Foods and other vegetables that will help grow and build your muscles are
- Protein powder
- Passion Fruit
- Kiwi Fruit
- Sweet Potatoes
I hope you learned something new today. I hope this helps you on your journey. Check back for part two with recipes and workouts. Stay Beautiful.