Eat your vegetables. That is what the sign that hangs in my kitchen say. Nearly every nutrition book can be narrowed down to those three words. Making the transition to eating more vegetables can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to get more veggies. One of those ways is juicing. Explore different recipes. Even your kids may get in on the fun.
Here are several reasons why you should try:
Detoxing: Consuming green juices aids our body in the function of getting rid the stuff we don’t need. The phytochemicals in green food are extremely complex. And so are the interactions they have in our body, but these are all for good. When we can naturally get rid of the toxins that build up from every day living, we increase our chances of not getting sick.
Weight Loss: Ah. This is classic, right? Our body can better maintain its ideal weight when it is fed a whole-foods plant based diet. Eat meat but as a side. Fresh produce all day long. Snack on carrots. Eat half and avocado. Make a new juice recipe. You will find that over time your tastes change, energy goes up, and waistline gets smaller.
Clearer Energy: The amazing thing about eating fresh fruit and vegetables, especially in juice form, is that they are known natural burst of energy. Straight to the blood. Clean and free. Your mind can think clearly, and energy and wakefulness can be sustained for longer periods of time.
Beautiful Skin: Along the lines of detoxing, when you feed your body with more juices, then you are not only letting the body detox naturally, but you are not overloading its need to detox. People who have a lot of toxins to get out may often see issues in their skin. If you sustain a juicing usage, you will see the skin start to look younger.
Straight to the Blood: The process of juicing removes cellulose, which means the nutrients in the juice go straight into your bloodstream for an almost immediate benefit to your health.
Try Smoothies: if you are not quite convinced of the powers of juicing or don’t have a juicer try smoothies. Many people who become interested in juicing aren’t ready to invest in a juicer. Many of the benefits of juice can be had by liquifying fruits and vegetables in a blender. Nearly every family has a blender, and amazing healthy drinks can be made with them.
Apples make a great juice: Apples have over 150 phytochemicals. Be sure to leave the skin on because it contains a lot of the phytonutrients. These phytonutrients lower the risk for many chronic and age-related conditions. Red apples, like the McIntosh, have quercetin which helps with cognition, memory, and alertness. They also reduce the risk of certain cancer, heart disease, brain cell damage, and asthma.
Great tasting: green juice should contain 60% vegetable juice and 40% fruit juice for the best taste. Green juice can be great tasting and contain a high amount of nutrition. You can use mild tasting greens like spinach and lettuce, throw in some cucumbers and celery and then apples, bananas, perhaps some berries, and melon, to make a great tasting and nutritious drink.
Juicing helps unlock nutrients that are stored in fruits and vegetables. When a juicer unleashes the nutrients, they bypass your digestive system and go to work in your body. The juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients contained in the whole food unlocked and ready to go to work.
A green juice daily keeps the doctor away: it has long been recognized that green vegetables have healing properties. Broccoli, for example, helps prevent cancer, celery lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. Green juices are a usually good way to get the nutrients from these foods without eating pounds of it, just a quick drink and you are covered.
3. A red juice a day rejuvenates: Red juices contain anti-inflammatory properties and are packed with anti-oxidants. Beets are high in nitrates, and increased nitric oxide in your body improves blood flow. Cherries help you recover more quickly from exercise; tomatoes contain lots of potassium which helps restore electrolytes lost during workouts. Even watermelon has nutrients keep us healthy and if juiced with the rind can serve as a natural form of Viagra.
Unless you eat a big green salad each day, it’s hard to incorporate kale, lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens into your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That’s why juicing your greens can help you get the essential nutrients from them in a delicious drink. Some examples of healthy greens that you can juice are kale, lettuce, and parsley.
Kale is high in calcium, Vitamin A, and many trace minerals. The nutrients found in kale make it an excellent choice for several health issues. It has shown to be beneficial for better eyesight, stronger bones, and healthier lymph glands. The chlorophyll in kale helps oxygenate the blood, which improves circulation and the respiratory function of cells. Kale juice is best when mixed with other juices such as apple juice or carrot juice.
Lettuce comes in all shades and types. You have dark green lettuce like romaine or bibb, which are the most nutritious. The lighter colored varieties such as iceberg and head lettuce are still nutritious, though there aren’t as many vitamins and minerals. Deep green lettuce is a great source for calcium, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll, and vitamins A and E. Lettuce juice tastes great when mixed with other vegetable juices.
Parsley is full of vitamins A and C, as well as chlorophyll, and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium. It is also great for overall body cleansing. Many people swear by parsley juice for cleansing the liver, kidneys, and even the urinary tract. It is a very concentrated juice, so it is best to drink it with other vegetable and fruit juices.
There are many other green and leafy vegetables to choose from so you can never get tired of trying the same thing twice. Try to include a green juice into your diet at least once per day. Breakfast is the perfect time to make a green juice because you can start your day off with a delicious and nutritious meal.