Three plus years ago I started a daily juicing regimen and to date my favorite is what I call “Beet That”. I’ve tried a variety of juicers and feels the Hurom Slow Juicer works best for my family. What have I learned over the course of many juices? Not all taste as delicious as that first one, and sometimes it is trial and error. But, I have learned a lot about the health benefits of the fruits and vegetables that I juice. I now custom make juices for my family that I believe are able to fight everything from stress and hormonal changes to fatigue and inflammation. I can honestly say that we’ve never been healthier.
“Beet That” is comprised of beetroot, cucumber, celery, ginger, apple, orange, lime and parsley
Beetroot: rich in antioxidants, protects cells against the destructive effects of the free radicals believed to play a role in heart disease, cancer and other adverse health conditions. It is high in folic acid, vitamins A, B-1, B-2 and C, and essential minerals including iron, calcium and potassium. Juice made from beets, carrots and cucumbers is said to have a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the kidneys and gall bladder.
Cucumber: a good quantity of vitamin A a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that plays an important role in helping with eyesight, bone growth, reproduction and cell division. Sufficient amounts of vitamin A can also help promote healthy and intact surface lining in the eyes, respiratory tract, urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract. It’s also good for skin clarity.
Celery: packed with an assortment of the essential minerals and vitamins that our bodies need to function properly. Celery also contains plant hormones and a variety of oils that can be calming and help maintain the nervous system. Very beneficial for menopausal women.
Ginger: according to the UCLA Biomedical Library, ginger juice can treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its high content of gingerol an anti-inflammatory compound. Ginger juice will also help relieve morning stiffness and inflammation, and it boosts the immune system.
Apple: adds sweetness to the juice and the vitamin A found in apples is essential for healthy teeth, skin and tissue. Also vitamin A can improve your vision and promote reproductive health, although the majority of vitamin A is in the apple peel that is usually extracted during juicing. Apples also supply vitamin C that is instrumental in the growth and repair of body tissues. Its presence is required for collagen production, which aids in skin, scar, ligament and blood vessel creation. Vitamin C also prevents various health conditions such as heart disease and inflammatory conditions that can deplete your overall quality of life.
Orange: has many, many health benefits and vitamins the most common being Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that cannot be produced by the human body. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that protects the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, the molecules that may cause tissue damage and early aging. Other vitamin C benefits are listed above.
Lime: as well as adding a little “zing” to your juice, limes contain unique active compounds called flavonol glycosides, which not only offer anticancer and antioxidant benefits, but also have antibiotic properties. They are also believed to hold potent anti-carcinogenic properties and are great for detoxing the body.
Parlsey: a great source of natural beta-carotene, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, folic acid, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin K and vitamin C. It is said to be beneficial to the kidneys, immune system and aids in anemia. It can also freshen breath.
Source: Written by Angela O’Mara, Editor of Aesthetic MD Insider and President of The Professional Image, Inc. Many of the health and nutritional benefits stated above about the fruits and vegetables I juice are obtained from a variety of sources including www.livestrong.com and www.webmd.com.
Disclaimer: Please be careful when juicing. Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables, cutting boards and knives with clean water. Use certified organic produce if possible so as to avoid pesticides. Also, consult your physician before beginning a regular juicing program or undergoing any type of juice fast or cleanse. Certain juices may be too high in sugars for those that suffer diabetes or other illnesses. The combination of fruits and vegetables I use in my juices work for me and may not necessarily work in the same way for others.
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