Juicing: Squeeze More Nutrients into Your Routine

Spring is the season of birth and new beginnings. According to Ayurveda Medicine, our physiology senses a natural opportunity for a fresh, clean start. Our bodies are ready to lighten things up, cleanse ourselves from the accumulation of winter, and rejuvenate our deepest tissues. It is the time of year where juice fasts and cleanses become commonplace to help wash away the sluggishness of the winter and get ourselves feeling refreshed and moving for the warmer spring months.  

I personally do not recommend juice fasts (or using juice to replace a meal) but instead to incorporate juices into your normal diet as a supplement to help add nutrients and/or to detox and cleanse toxins from your body. Fruits and vegetables provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help protect against acute and chronic diseases, and juicing is going to provide a concentrated dose of those nutrients.

My husband is the juicer in our family. Periodically, he will clean out the fridge at the end of the week and make a pitcher of juice that he and the kids enjoy over the next couple of days.

The kids love helping and making their own concoction of juice—my daughter loves using beets and carrots as her base and the boys loves cucumbers and apples. They are pretty adventurous for being 11 and 9, and 4 years old—they will add mint, parsley, cilantro, ginger, and even turmeric to their juices.  We are throw-it-all-together type of juicers, hope for a good flavor, and then adjust using sweet fruits to get a taste we like. No recipes—all improve. However, here are some of the powerhouses that we love to add to our juices because of all the wonder benefits they provide!


Carrot Juice

Carrot juice contains a wealth nutrients and powerful antioxidants! It is extremely high in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and abundant in vitamins C, D, E, and K1. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, along with antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. It promotes good vision—no matter what your age, and it keeps your skin glowing and healthy.

Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice is a deep red, earthy flavored detox for your liver! It is high in betalains which are an antioxidant pigment that helps protect the liver against oxidative stress from carcinogens or cancer-causing agents. Beets are high in dietary nitrates which can get converted into a biological messenger called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to relax which helps to lower blood pressure. If you are prone to kidney stones, it’s best to avoid beets because they are high in oxalates. And, if the deep earthy flavors are too intense for you, try mixing beets with ginger, carrots, and apples to help balance out the flavors.

Ginger Juice

Ginger juice is a spicy shot of gingerols and shogaols which are antioxidants that act on your digestive system. They increase enzyme secretions and boost metabolism and circulation. Ginger also increases the levels of natural antioxidants in the blood and lowers the oxidative damage in the liver caused by free radicals. Adding a 2-4-inch knob of ginger to your juicer is a perfect way to detox and cleanse your body!

Orange Juice

Orange juice is a powerful source of vitamin C! It also provides folate and vitamin A along with minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. The high levels of vitamin C found in orange juice help boost your immunity, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and protects your cells from free radical damage.

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is a sweet tropical treat that is loaded with the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is a unique protein-digesting and anti-inflammatory enzyme that is helpful in treating all inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, sinusitis, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer. Bromelain is highest in the pineapple core so make sure you add that to your juicer! Pineapple juice is excellent for cough and congestion related to sinus. It can dilute mucus and help expel it and help reduce the inflammation in allergic conditions like bronchial asthma. Pineapple juice also has a healthy dose of vitamin C which will help boost your immune system.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice, like all citrus, is an excellent source of vitamin C which, as I already mentioned, is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster.  As an antioxidant, it helps to keep your skin healthy and reduces the signs of aging. Lemon juice contains citric acid which is a diuretic and helps to flush out the kidneys. My favorite way to incorporate lemon juice is in my Lemon Juice Elixir!

Lemon Juice Elixir

I love this juice because you don’t need a juicer to make it! It provides a healthy dose of vitamin C and a sprinkling of the electrolytes—sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride, and it will stimulate your digestion and detox your liver. A perfect spring drink to get your morning started!

Lemon Juice Elixir Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup filtered room temperature water
Juice from 1 large organic lemon
1 teaspoon Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon raw, local honey
½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (or microplaned)
Pink Himalayan Salt

Directions:

Combine in a glass jar, stir, and enjoy!

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Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.