There was one terrible story I heard about a child who got poisoned from bottled juice and even got into an intensive care unit because of this. Doctors say today more and more children get into hospitals because of a really bad poisoning from bottled juices and yogurts.
I am not the one to decide whether you should or shouldn’t buy your child manufactured juices from stores but facts speak for themselves. Nobody wants to risk the kids’ health. And the fact that more and more people switch to everything “organic”, preparation of kids-friendly fresh juices is indeed a hot topic for a lot of modern mommas. It a kind of a healthy alternative to raw food diet.
How to make the “right” fresh juice?
- Before you prepare some freshly squeezed juice for your child, make sure that fruits, vegetables or berries are fresh and not damaged:
- It’s necessary to drink a fresh juice within 10-15 minutes after preparation, otherwise, all the useful substances will “go away” under the influence of light and oxygen.
- If your fresh juices are something new for your kid, start with one-component juices. If your baby is under 3 years old, fresh juice is diluted 1:1 with clean water.
- For babies under 3 don’t mix fruits and veggies when making juice. It’s hard for a children’s body to digest this mix as it required different gastric enzymes.
- If you still want to mix different juices, try to only mix fruits/veggies of the same color. If your child is older than 3 years, you can gradually use mixed fresh juices.
- Babies under 3 are only allowed to drink no more 30 ml of fresh juice and only once a day.
- Children from 3 to 10 years old can drink juice twice a day, not more than 30-50 ml of the beverage at a time.
- Make sure babies drink their juices from a straw to avoid caries.
- Children under 7 years old are not recommended to drink pure juice from apples, grapefruit, and pomegranate.
- To assimilate vitamin A in a carrot juice, add a little of vegetable or olive oil.
- If your child catches a cold, stop giving him fresh juices as it contributes to mucus secretion.
- Carrot and pomegranate juice are not recommended for drinking more often than 2-3 times a week.
- Try to prepare juices from different fruits or vegetables rather than making one kind several days in a row.
Why are freshly made juices so useful?
Freshly squeezed orange juice is rich in various vitamins and antioxidants, it’s useful for the cardiovascular and nervous system, helps boosting your immune health and fight poisoning. Contains vitamin C and B. By the way, you may not only drink the beverage but use it instead of sun cream on the beach. Sounds weird but smearing orange juice on your skin can protect it from direct sunlight…You know, just a useful info in case you one day forget a bottle of sun cream.
Pineapple is a natural fat burner that has a microelement bromelain in it. Bromelain has a rejuvenating effect on the body. Pineapple juice helps to cope with angina and kidneys diseases.
Pomegranate juice is rich in ascorbic acid. Helps fighting anemia, exhaustion, atherosclerosis, immunity decreases, bronchial asthma, radiation exposure, angina, diseases of the biliary tract. It gives a certain effect when there are some gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes. Aside from that, it’s useful for hair, skin, lungs, thyroid gland, spleen, and kidneys.
Drinking one will improve digestion and metabolism and activates the work of liver. In general, grapefruit is good for losing weight.
Lemon juice is recommended for people suffering from vitamin C deficiency and migraine headaches. Also, it’s a preventive measure against strokes, heart attacks, and other heart diseases.
Everyone knows: eating carrots helps improving eyesight naturally. Also, carrot juice increases immunity, has a good effect on the liver, kidneys, thyroid and improves the skin condition if there are some skin diseases. Pregnant mommas are strongly recommended to include carrot juice in their ration.
This juice prevents anemia and cardiovascular diseases. It increases the level of hemoglobin, improves a liver function and helps to digest fatty foods better. Also, peach juice contains a large amount of calcium, beta-carotene and vitamin B2.
This one contains sodium and vitamin C. Tomato juice is good when there are diseases of the cardiovascular system and metabolic disorders. It prevents oncology and keeps clarity of thinking and memory.
Cabbage juice lowers cholesterol, it’s a perfect remedy for pain in the abdominal region and useful in respiratory diseases, hemorrhoids, bronchitis, diathesis and liver diseases.
Fresh juice from the pumpkin is useful for men suffering from the prostate. People with diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorders, kidney stones, and bladder are also recommended to consume pumpkin juice on a regular basis.
Apply juice helps maintain clarity of mind and focus. This juice is enriched with vitamins of group B, iron, potassium and boron.
It seems I’ve told everything I knew about juices and how useful they are for you and your children. Now it’s you who decides.
I know how difficult it is under modern conditions to organize a healthy, eco-friendly and natural environment for a child, whether it comes to eating or drinking habits, clothing etc. I personally decided to give less juice to my children in general. I am trying to teach my kids to drink more water with honey and lemon or some light herbal teas because they taste no worse than juices.
Freshly-squeezed juices are necessary but don’t get too addictive to them. Take care of yourself and your children!
Lots of love,