Juices for every day of the week
Juicing has a variety of different health benefits. Adding at least one different juice into your diet a day can improve your over-all health and well-being as well as act as a preventative for a variety of different diseases.
If you’re concerned with what to put into your daily juices, I have put together a few basic recipes below, all including health benefits of each food included, to get you started. Although a few pointers to remember when making your juices are :
- Not to use to many fruits to your juices. (Even though they do taste a whole lot better they are high in sugar and increase insulin levels.)
- Dark green, leafy veg hold the best health benefits. These include kale, cabbage and spinach but as they do make the juice slightly tougher to get down try adding either a handful of seedless grapes or an apple or two to improve the taste.
- Adding some essential oils to your juices makes a great substitute for ones necessary intake of healthy fats and protein that you won’t get through the plain juice. You can include oils such as coconut oil, flax seed oil or fish oil.. etc.
- Also remember to constantly change your juicing ingredients. Using the same ingredients everyday can cause the body to become allergic to those certain foods.
Orange, Apple, Lemon, and Ginger Juice
1 Apple, 8 Carrots, 24g Ginger, 1 Lemon.
This juice is perfect for anyone wanting to reduce their water retention. Carrots are high in antioxidants and by juicing them you are a getting a concentrated form of their healing abilities. These include balancing blood sugar, relieving congestion, working against inflammation and many more. A few benefits of ginger include improved digestion, improved blood circulation, and it acts as an anti inflammatory. Lemon juice also acts as an anti-bacterial force as well as helps stimulate your liver to flush out toxins such as uric acid. Apples are high in vitamin A and C and are a great source of fibre.
Apple, Cucumber, Celery Juice
2 Apples, 4 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 thumb ginger, 6 kale leaves, 1/2 lemon.
This juice is great for people just trying to curb their cravings and lose those few extra kilos. Celery is a great source of vitamin A and C and essential amino acids and is just a great way to promote an over all wellbeing. Cucumber is an excellent vegan-friendly source of calcium which helps to strengthen your teeth and bones and getting enough calcium also helps to retain bone density. Kale is rich in iron and helps to detoxify the liver.
Apple, Tomato and Ginger Juice
2 Apples, 2 Tomatoes, 1 inch of ginger.
Apart from the already stated benefits of ginger and apples, tomatoes are known to help reduce heart disease, reduce damage done by smoking this also includes second hand smoke as well as improves digestion and helps against constipation.
Grapefruit, Beetroot, Cucumber and Red Cabbage Juice
3 Beetroot, 2 Cups Spinach, 5 sticks of Celery, 5 Carrots, 1 Lemon, 2 Apples, 1 Grapefruit, 1 Cup Red Cabbage.
The health benefits of grapefruit include helping to maintain a healthy heart, it is also known to help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer, and helps to fight skin damage caused by both the sun and pollution in the air. Cabbage juice is a great source of Vitamin U and is one of the most healing juices when it comes to repairing Ulcers. Spinach is also packed with protein and helps prevent bleeding gums aside from this, spinach can also fight a huge range of vision issues including cataracts and night blindness as well as stimulate hair growth. And lastly beetroot is great for skin inflammations such as acne and helps to eliminate blemishes. It also promotes hair growth and normalises blood pressure.
For more examples on what varieties of fruits and vegetables to use in your juices click on the link below.