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Green Juice: A Nutrient Packed Elixir

In this blog post I will discuss the benefits of drinking green juice while also providing a delicious recipe

Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard your fair share of why juicing is so amazing. Assuming you’re not Patrick star, then you’re probably aware of the power behind fueling your body with a healthy elixir. Juicing has only grown in popularity throughout the years, main stream media and social icons such as, Naomi Campbell and Miranda Kerr, being a huge contributor to this. Juicing has a plethora of advantages so it’s not surprising to see why it’s become such a popular trend throughout pop culture. If you’re unaware of all of the health benefits that comes from consuming juiced, fruits and veggies, then fret, not for I am here to help you expand your knowledge so you can apply it to your life. Juicing fruits and veggies can be beneficial for your health for several reasons. Firstly, juicing provides a concentrated source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in an easily digestible form. This can enhance nutrient absorption and contribute to your overall well-being.

Juicing allows you to consume a diverse range of fruits and vegetables, each with its unique set of health benefits. For example, fruits like green apples and kiwi offer fiber and antioxidants, promoting digestive health and immune function.

Juicing makes it convenient to incorporate a variety of nutrients into your diet, especially if you are someone who struggles to consume whole fruits and veggies in large quantities. Today, I’ll be providing you with the health benefits of juicing spinach, ginger, kale, cucumber, celery, green apples, pineapples, and kiwi. However, I would like to note that while juicing can be a valuable addition to a balanced diet, it’s not a replacement for eating whole fruits and veggies. Whole foods provide additional fiber, which is sometimes lost during the juicing process.

Pineapples are a delicious treat that bring a tropical flair and a burst of Vitamin C to the juice. This helps boost your immune system, helping your body fight off infections and illnesses. I highly recommend adding this to your green juice as it also contains bromelain and will add sweetness to the juice. Some people may find it easier to consume pineapple in juice form, as the bromelain found in pineapple, can sometimes irritate the tongue due to the pineapples acidic pH balance. Cucumber is low in calories but high in hydration, contributing to better skin health and aiding in digestion. Kiwi, a tiny powerhouse, offers a punch of Vitamin C, E, and K. It’s known for its digestive benefits, aiding in nutrient absorption and promoting a healthy gut. Just as a reminder, this is important, because 95% of serotonin is produced in the gut. In case you didn’t know, serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a key role in regulating mood. You can basically consider it the “feel-good” chemical because higher levels are associated with feelings of happiness and a sense of calm. When serotonin levels are balanced, it contributes to a positive emotional state. (Not your gut health affecting your happiness levels 🤭).

Celery juice is touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s rich in vitamins like K and C, and minerals such as potassium. Celery acts as a natural diuretic and promotes the elimination of toxins. It also contains high water content which contributes to hydration. As if everything I’ve mentioned wasn’t enough already, celery’s alkaline nature also helps balance the body’s PH levels, creating an environment less conducive to inflammation and disease.

Spinach and kale are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, promoting healthy vision, skin, and bone density. They’re also packed with antioxidants, helping to combat inflammation in the body.

Green apples not only add a sweet flavor but also provide a good dose of fiber, supporting a healthy digestive system. They contain antioxidants like quercetin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger is renowned for its various health benefits. Packed with bioactive compounds, it possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been associated with alleviating nausea, reducing muscle pain, and potentially lowering blood sugar levels. Ginger may also aid digestion and contribute to a strengthened immune system.

Now, why juice? Well, I’m glad you asked. Juicing allows you to consume a concentrated amount of nutrients in an easily digestible form. It provides a quick and convenient way to nourish your body with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You can make your own green juice at home by using the forementioned ingredients or if you’re on a time crunch, you can always buy green juice as most supermarkets usually sell them. I do encourage you to invest in a juicer and learn how to make them yourself because although you can buy green juice at the store, it will inevitably contain preservatives and a lower dosage of nutrients as opposed to consuming fresh homemade green juice free of chemicals and preservatives.

Embrace the power of green juice. Whether you’re making your own juice or buying it at the store it is a delicious habit for a healthier you! Consuming green juice as often as you can will not only improve your physical health, but also contribute to helping improve your overall mood. You are what you eat, therefore, when you consume real raw foods free of chemicals and preservatives that are packed with nutrients, you are bound to feel great! Thank you for taking the time to read this and supporting my blog. Please leave a comment or subscribe to my newsletter to stay up-to-date for any new blog post.

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