Can Juicing can help recover from too much excess?
Whilst I don’t condone excessive good living we all go over the top sometimes, the question is can detox juices help the body recover..well yes is the answer, though the real answer is not to go mad in the first place but I’m in the real world so here it is my honest blog!
After having a week away from normal life including an interesting trip to Istanbul, where incidentally they make juice just about on every corner, I’m trying out some detoxing and high nutrient value juices, why? Well I wasn’t sampling many of the juices they made but may have had a few too many of another local produce Efes & Raki & Red wine!!!… Probably a familiar story after many of your holidays/breaks/weekends…So I’m giving my body something back, something I think we should all do a little bit more
Forget Berroca and other chemical sugar laden drinks and cures they really are a stop gap, sticky tape way to a better healthy you…the kind of cures you need are below, I can’t go on enough about how we all lack good nutrition even when we try our best to be healthy, fresh is best and just what your body needs and craves.
The juices of choice this week will Mainly include, Spinach, Cabbage, Cucumber, Ginger and Lemon, the juice this morning included all of the above and a pear just to take off the blandness and bitterness of some of the green produce, why? explained below…keep reading..
I’ve banged on enough about ginger in the past so wont bore you with that not for a few weeks anyway, but the other produce and benefits explained below, it’s all pretty important stuff so read carefully it might just benefit you, your health and your life..
So why spinach in your juices? well its considered a super food and I know that may be an over used term nowadays but read away and make your own choice, it is a good source of vitamins A, C, K, as well as dietary fiber, calcium and iron. Spinach also contains selenium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and E.
Spinach is rich in antioxidants that may help protect against certain cancers of the stomach, skin, breast, prostate, ovaries and colon. Spinach is good for cardiovascular health and may help prevent heart attack and stroke. Anti-inflammatory properties may help with diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Spinach contains lutein, which may protect eye health. Studies suggest that eating spinach may help reduce the effects of age-related decline in brain function, something we all get concerned about, what was I talking about again!
In particular this week I wanted to try detox produce, cabbage is a good one and has cleansing properties due to their high content of glucosinolates , sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into active forms isothiocyanates and indoles all too complicated I hear your say what’s the benefits? Isothiocyanates may prevent cancer by promoting the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body so will assist in detoxing from the weekend blow outs! It is also high in Vitamin C&K & ½ cup has only 11 calories.
The enzyme that converts glucosinolates into its active compounds is destroyed by heat, so having cabbage raw in juices is an ideal way of taking in all of that cabbage yumminess ;)… I know its not everyone’s cup of tea but the detox benefits are not in doubt And its cheap!
One of the most potent detox foods around, lemons are packed with vitamin C are thought to help restore the alkaline-acid balance of the body, enabling us to more effectively remove dietary and environmental toxins,sounds kind of a cool fruit, Just remember when adding it to your juices to remove the skin or it will taste bitter and horrible! Just like lemon skin/pith!, a good reason for adding a lemon into your green juices is to give its some sweetness and complement the taste of raw garden produce into a nice tasty juice…
This humble produce is more than the but of a few inappropriate jokes and I really could go on and on about it so here is just some of the benefits, Protect Your Brain, Reduce Your Risk of Cancer, Fight Inflammation,Antioxidant Properties, Freshen Your Breath,Manage Stress, Support Your Digestive Health, Maintain a Healthy Weight, Support Heart Health, all things that sound kind of important especially the 1st few…cucumbers make an ideal base for your vegetable juice due to their mild flavour and high water content. In fact, a simple juice of cucumber and celery is ideal for those new to juicing.
The benefits of this kind of produce are not in doubt and I don’t expect them to get me feeling 17 again after a few days, but definitely after two days my body feels better and healthier, so i’m hoping by the weekend I might feel 21! And maybe ready for a vino or two!, Give some or all of the produce a try and experiment in amount’s and different produce, just go easy on the ginger no more than a thumb size but feel free to experiment with the quantities of the others its all part of the fun…. So have fun and lead a way to a healthier you…too next time