Studies show that drinking juice in the morning on an empty stomach and alone – at least half an hour before a meal – is the most beneficial time of day to have fresh juice.
This is when your stomach is empty and hungers for food, It will absorb anything you consume. Since pressed juice has no fiber, there is nothing standing in the way of the pure nutrients being absorbed directly through the stomach and entering the bloodstream. It’s a flood of super charged vitamins and minerals!
You may have been told not to eat a citrus fruit or drink its juice on an empty stomach in the morning, because of its acidicity. Not to worry, although citrus fruits taste acidic, they’re really alkaline-forming foods.
As a general rule, keep fruit juices in the first half of the day, or at the start of your day as it provides the complex carbohydrates to fuel energy. For the later part of the day, drink juices that are less sweet, like partial or full green juices to avoid a potential sugar crash.
Drinking juice in the evening or anytime is still beneficial. The benefits of juicing still remain no matter what time of day you drink it. But the morning is the best.
Our favorite morning juice has zingy taste really wakes up your senses and gets you going!
The Sunrise Surprise:
1 medium pink grapefruit, peeled
1 small apple
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1/2 small lemon (peeled)
This juice is a nutrition dream. It contains Vitamins A and C, and in plentiful amounts. There are about 225 calories in this recipe and it contains over 100% RDA of both vita A and C.
You can add a few giant leaves of chard or some fresh spinach to this drink to bump up the nutrition content and cut the sugar. It still tastes great, even if the sunrise colors disappear into green.