Juicing for Health
When eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is not feasible, juicing allows you to combine the nutrients of various important fruits and vegetables.
For Weight Loss/Detoxing: Over a period of time, all the 'junk' we consume gets stuck within the inner workings of our body. This build-up slows us down, makes us gain weight, and affects the way we look. To get rid of these toxins in your body, you need to nourish it by drinking plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Juicing allows you to hydrate your cells with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants that you don’t get from cooked foods.
You can’t ONLY drink juice to be healthy. Instead of a complete fast, try replacing one meal in a day with the following juice recipes.
4 celery stalks
6-8 leaves of spinach
1 tbsp ginger
For immunity: Your immune system needs to stay in shape for you to avoid falling sick, catching pesky colds and looking and feeling older than you should. Here’s a go-to drink you can sip on everyday and throughout the year to build up your immunity and fight infections better than ever. It’s high in vitamin C, which helps in producing white blood cells that in-turn, fight off infections.
1 small beet
8 stalks celery
1 stalk broccoli
2 cloves garlic
For better, healthier looking skin: Whip your skin into shape without spending too much time and money on it. While indulging in facials and skin treatments, what you should also consider is consistently replenishing your skin with this ‘youth-juice’. The right combination of fruits and vegetables, can help rid your blood, tissue and body of build-up. This restoration of your body will result in younger looking, clear skin. For your skin, choose vegetables and fruits that are mostly water based. Cucumbers are great because they are 90 % water. Add some green apples for sweetness and you’ve got yourself a great skin juice you can drink every morning upon waking up.
1 green apple
1/2 cup strawberries
1 large leaf spinach
1/2 medium beet
For energy: The easiest thing to reach for in the morning or when you’re low on energy is coffee. If you want to go the cleaner way, without having to suffer the side effects of too much caffeine, try a green juice, instead. The chlorophyll in plants like spinach helps oxygenate your blood, which in turn increases brain function and physical energy.
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
1/4 lemon (with rind, if organic)
1-inch piece ginger
For the best start in the morning: You don’t have to juice all the time, every day. Juice because you want to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet and know that you won’t eat that many supplements in a day. When you’re not in the mood for breakfast, try this concoction for a week and see the difference in your skin, eyes and hair.
A handful of spinach or kale
¼ of cucumber – for a potassium hit
3 sticks of celery
A few shreds of ginger
½ an avocado
When you juice, you only eat one type of food at a time, so digestion is speedier and results are faster. Drinking juices, when combined with a healthy diet and regular clean ups, can have innumerable benefits for your body over time. Strive for a ratio of at least three parts veggies to one part fruit to help keep your sugar content under control. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of what works for you, your body and your taste buds.
Welcome to the world of juicing. Now go bring out the shine.