Green smoothies are an excellent addition to a healthy diet. They are high in minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium which are more easily absorbed due to the blending process. Green smoothies are very easy to make – all you need is some green leafy veggies, fruit, water and ice. You can also make green smoothies with veggies and there are many superfoods that you can add to them to make them even more nutritious.
Fresh juicing is one of the best things that you can do for your health. When you juice fresh fruit and vegetables, you remove the fibre and are left with a concentrated form of nutrients. Without the fibre you are able to absorb the nutrients and phytochemicals from the juice much more easily.
Here are some of the most beneficial juices, and their properties:
Apple juice (cold-pressed) is a great source of bioflavonoid quercetin, which has potent anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Good for allergies, asthma, and inflammation.
Beetroot juice is wonderfully cleansing and nutrient-rich, it has been shown in studies to benefit the liver and is a great source of nitrites, which can help to keep blood pressure low in the body. Great for liver cleansing, skin problems, and high blood pressure.
Broccoli juice is excellent for detoxifying excess oestrogen from the body. It helps to remove toxins like phthalates and BPA from your body. Juice the stem and drink for fertility, hormonal and endocrine problems.
Cabbage juice, particularly the out leaves, is a fantastic source of vitamins A and C. It is also great for detoxifying hormones due to the presence of indole complexes. Use this spicy juice sparingly to help with hormonal problems and liver function.
Celery juice is fantastic for detoxification through the kidneys. It contains compounds that have been found to be anti-cancer and are incredibly alkalizing, which makes it anti-inflammatory in the body. Be sure to juice the tops, which have a high nutritional value. It is excellent for detoxing, arthritis, autoimmune disease, and gout.
Carrot juice is a rich source of beta-carotene (Vitamin A). Carrot juice helps to boost your immune system and can help improve your vision. It is great for those with visual or immune problems and is also needed for fertility.
Cucumber juice contains silica, which helps to improve skin and hair health. It is very cooling and can help to cleanse your kidneys. Great for congested skin, eczema, dermatitis, and antiaging.
Besides keeping away vampires, garlic juice can help to lower cholesterol, prevent infection, reduce inflammation and prevent bacterial imbalances in your gut. Use it for candida overgrowth, immune deficiency, high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Grapefruit juice is high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It also helps to enhance phase 2 detoxification in the liver, which helps remove toxins from the body. Drink for clear skin, liver detoxification, and for immune boosting.
Lemon juice is alkalizing and detoxifying. The sourness helps to stimulate the flow of bile through the liver, which helps clean out the liver and improve digestion. Great for congested skin, liver problems, arthritis, poor digestion, and autoimmune disease.
Pineapple juice is a great source of vitamin C and Bromelain. Bromelain has been found in studies to have potent anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and immune regulating properties. It is great for allergies, immune problems, asthma, and arthritis. It is also a source of enzymes that can help you break down your food.
Spinach juice is a great source of chlorophyll, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, and folate. Great for inflammatory conditions like autoimmune disease, asthma, and arthritis. Also good for iron deficiency.
Wheatgrass juice contains vitamins A, E, and K as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and folate. It is also high in chlorophyll, which helps to detoxify and build the blood. Great for anemia, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Watermelon contains lycopene, which helps to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. It also contains the amino acid citrulline, which also benefits the cardiovascular system. Great for heart disease and prostate health.
1 stick celery, with tops
ginger, to taste
handful spinach or kale
2 sticks of celery with tops
handful spinach leaves
1 clove garlic (optional
ginger, as much as you can handle
1 clove garlic
1 stick celery with tops
1 broccoli stem
2 handfuls spinach leaves
1 cup watermelon
1 stick celery, with tops
ginger, to taste
- Juicing is not an exact art – play around with different combinations to see what you like best
- Limit fruit juice intake, which is high in sugar. Use it to sweeten veggie juices
- Juices from the cabbage family (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radish) should be used cautiously in those with thyroid or suspected thyroid issues. If you are iodine deficient they can cause a goiter in susceptible individuals. Cooking abates this effect
- Grapefruit needs to be taken with caution in those who are on medications as it can increase clearance of some