Juicing has been the popular way to intake your vitamins and minerals for a while now, it can provide you with loads of health benefits but it does beg the question, what exactly should you be drinking for optimal health?
Certain vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, like vitamin C and Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. Some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked, with this in mind if you want to maximise nutrition then ensure you are including leafy greens like spinach and kale. Other veggies and fruit to include are kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, strawberries, oranges, asparagus and garlic.
Suffering from inflammation? Then add ginger, potassium-packed cucumbers, and lemons for their antibacterial value.
Want to work on the radiance of your skin? Then add cucumber to your apple juice, cucumbers consist of over 90% water and are rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesia and silica which is not only great for your skin but also great for hair and nail growth.
Want to have more get up and go? Instead of your morning caffeine fix try a green juice instead! Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants helps to oxygenate the blood which creates physical energy and brain function so if you juice a cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, ginger and a ¼ of a lemon you will be well on your way to kicking the days butt.
Want to cut out those late night sugar cravings? Then go on and treat yourself with this bad boy, juice 2 apples, 8 stalks of celery and a dash of cinnamon. Celery balances the sweetness of your juice while also alkalizing minerals and providing electrolytes. Go on and treat yourself!
Need a quick hydration fix? Then get your hands on some fresh coconuts, coconut juice delivers a dose of electrolytes similar to those in our own blood. Keep them refrigerated for a quick, cold delicious Spring drink.
Want to stress less? Then spinach may be your new best friend! Spinach is high in amino acid which helps to elevate your mood and promote better sleep, it’s also high in magnesium, which helps to relax nerves and muscles.
Feel a cold coming on? Then blast that bad boy into submission with a couple of shots of lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. I also like to add a little apple juice to sweeten it up a little.
When juicing avoid overly mushy or tender fruits, like bananas and peaches, which can make your juice too thick and mushy.
Drinking vegetable juice by itself may not be your thing so play around with different fruit combinations as well. For example, if you are juicing two cups of veggies balance the taste with one cup of fruit for added natural sweetness.
Also remember that juice isn’t a substitute for food, juicing is just an added way to get all the goodies you should be filling your body with on top of enjoying a balanced diet.
Enjoy getting juicy!!