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Benefits of Juicing

There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:

  1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition.
  2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
  3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

Juice of the Day:

4 Kale leaves

1 Carrot

1/4 cup Cilantro

10 Mint leaves

1/2 Squash

1/2 apple

Juice from 2 Lemons

1 inch size Ginger

1 Garlic Clove

3 Pineapple slices

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Tbsp Turmeric

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

1 Radish

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

Water

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Benefits of Banana

Because bananas is one of our best potassium foods, it presents you with a good food source you need for regulating your blood pressure and your heart function.  Potassium is a proven treatment to congestive heart failure and a remedy for lowering blood pressure in hypersensitive patients.  The average banana contains 440 mg of potassium for every 1 mg of sodium and therefore provides you with a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure.

Juice of the Day:

50% Spinach

1 Banana

1 Apple

10 Cashews

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

2 Tbsp Granola

Mint leaves from 3 stems

1 inch size Ginger

Water

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Benefits of Red Cabbage

No matter what color cabbage you choose, you can’t go wrong. They’re both very low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients. Eating just 1 cup of either one provides 4 percent of the recommended daily intake of eight vitamins and minerals. But there are some differences between the two, especially when it comes to vitamin A.

Vitamin A

Red cabbage has 10 times more vitamin A than green cabbage. Both types of cabbage contain vitamin A in the form of the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can also be converted into the vitamin A you need for vision and to keep your skin and immune system healthy. Lutein and zeaxanthin function only as antioxidants in the eyes. They may help prevent early stage age-related macular degeneration from progressing into the late stage, according to research published in the February 2012 issue of the “British Journal of Nutrition.” One cup of chopped red cabbage has 33 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. The same portion of green cabbage only has 3 percent.

Vitamin K

Green cabbage has the upper hand when it comes to vitamin K, but they’re both good sources. One cup of chopped green cabbage has 57 percent of the daily intake, compared to 28 percent in red cabbage. Vitamin K is named after the German word “koagulation” because it must be available for blood to coagulate, or clot. Vitamin K also regulates bone mineralization, which impacts bone density. Women with low dietary intake of vitamin K have lower bone density and an increased risk of hip fracture, according to research published in the February 2003 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Vitamin C

Vitamin C’s value as an antioxidant comes from its strong ability to neutralize a variety of free radicals, but if you want the maximum benefit, you need to consume the recommended daily amount. Adult men need 90 milligrams daily and women need 75 milligrams. Smokers should add another 35 milligrams and pregnant women need 85 milligrams daily. Vitamin C is also needed for the production of collagen, which strengthens skin and helps heal wounds. One cup of chopped red cabbage has 51 milligrams and the same amount of green cabbage has 37 milligrams.

Iron

In addition to delivering oxygen to cells throughout your body, iron is part of a protein — myoglobin — that stores oxygen in your heart and skeletal muscles. Myoglobin ensures you have enough oxygen to meet your muscle’s needs during exercise. Other proteins and enzymes depend on the presence of iron to produce energy and synthesize DNA. Your immune system needs iron for the development of cells that fight viruses. Red cabbage has double the iron than green cabbage, providing 0.7 milligrams in 1 cup, compared to 0.4 milligrams in green cabbage. Women should get 18 milligrams, but men only need 8 milligrams of iron daily.

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Juice of the Day:

Spinach and Swiss Chard

1 Carrot

1 Celery Stalk

1/4 cup Mint Leaves

1/2 cup Red Cabbage

1/2 Apple

1/2 Banana

1/4 cup Raspberries

1/4 cup Blueberries

1 Tbsp Granola

1Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

1 inch size Ginger

Water

Red Cabbage

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10 Health Benefits of Broccoli

Nervous System
Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.

Blood Pressure
Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

Vitamin C
One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.

Bone Health
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

Sun Damage
Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

Immune System
One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.

Cancer Prevention
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

Diet Aid Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Eye Health
Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision.

Heart Health
The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

 

Juice of the Day:

1/4 cup Blueberries

1 Avocado

2 Garlic cloves

2 Tbsp Granola

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

1 Radish

Handful Swiss Chard

1/2 cup cilantro

1 Celery Stalk

1 Green Apple

1 Tomato

3 Broccoli crowns

dash of Cayenne pepper

dash of turmeric

Broccoli

Water

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Juice of the Day:

Handful Spinach

1/2 Avocado

3 Strawberries

1/4 Cup Blueberries

1/4 cup Raspberries

1/2 Banana

1 Celery Stalk

1 Tbsp Mint Leaves

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Scoop Protein Powder

Water

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Kale vs. Spinach

Throwing some leafy greens into your juice is a great way to trick your taste buds into getting added fiber and calcium — it purees so well with the sweeter ingredients that you can’t even taste it. I usually add whatever I have in the fridge.  But does one offer bigger nutrition bang for your buck?

Kale does win for slightly more bone-strengthening calcium, as well as tons more immune-boosting vitamin A. It also offers half your RDI of vitamin C, which is also needed for a healthy immune system. Kale also offers a crazy amount of vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting and bone health.

These two leafy greens definitely pack a nutritious punch for different reasons, so choose the one that’ll fill your vitamin and mineral needs. If you’re pregnant or have high blood pressure, spinach might be the one to reach for, and if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold, grab some kale. If you’re not sure, add both to your Juice!

Juice of the Day:

50/50 Kale and Spinach mix

1/2 cup Raspberries

1/4 Cucumber

1 Apple

1 Tomato

1 Carrot

Juice from 1 Lemon

1/2 Banana

6 Cashews

Dash Cayenne Pepper

1 Tbsp Flax seed

1 Tbsp Goji berries

Water

Spinach vs Kale

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Loving Pineapple…

Pineapples are usually grown in the tropical regions from March to June. They are rich in fibers, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and contains over 80 nutrients. Moreover they are so delicious and juicy that there is not a single person who doesn’t love them. But do you also know that Pineapples have a number of health benefits too. Yes, it’s true. The following are some of the most well-known Health benefits of Pineapples:

 1. Vitamins and minerals:

There are loads of vitamins and minerals in pineapples. They are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and calcium.

2. Anti-oxidants:

Everyone knows well how important anti-oxidants are. They fight against free radicals in the body which attack the cells and damage them. So anti-oxidants save you from many diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis, various cancers etc.

3. Against cold:

Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and bromelain which fight against viruses and infections. So take pineapples with medicines when you are have a cold or cough attack and it will help you recover quickly.

4. Bones strength:

The mineral, manganese helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues which is present in high quantity in pineapples. A cup of pineapple juice can give you 73% of the required manganese for a day.

5. Healthy gums:

Gums hold the teeth in place and pineapples further strengthen these gums.

6. Macular degeneration:

Macular degeneration is a disease in which adults lose their vision making them unable to read and recognize things properly. This is because the retina gets damaged. Beta carotene present in pineapples is very good for our sight and thus should be consumed regularly.

7. Anti-inflammation:

Pineapple is very much known for its anti-inflammatory properties which prevents the inflammation of arthritis and gives strength to the bones.

8. Sinusitis, sore throat, gout, swellings:

Pineapples prevent sinusitis with the help of bromelain. Sore throat, gout and swellings can also be prevented with pineapples.

9. Cancers: 

The high quantity of anti-oxidants in pineapples fight against free radicals preventing damaged cells and tumours. Thus it prevents many kinds of cancers that may harm you.

10. Atherosclerosis:

Free radicals can result in Atherosclerosis which can be easily prevented by anti-oxidants in pineapples.

11. Heart diseases:

Rich anti-oxidants keep free radicals away and lowers cholesterol thus preventing heart diseases.

12. Immunity:

Vitamin C is present in high quantity in pineapples and this is the main anti-oxidant that boosts our immune system.

13. Digestion:

This is a very well known fact. Pineapple juice is always preferred for digestion. The main enzyme, bromelain helps in digestion. Vitamin C and fibers present in pineapples are also a plus point for digestion.

14. Bronchitis:

Pineapple is known for its anti-inflammation properties. It helps in reducing inflammation in bronchial tubes which generally arises due to bronchitis.

15. Catarrh:

It is a problem related to secretions of mucous membrane which can be prevented by eating pineapples regularly.

16. Blood pressure:

It helps in controlling blood pressure.

17. Intestinal worms:

Pineapple fights against stomach worms which is a common problem in children.

18. Nausea:

Pineapples provide relief from nausea or morning sickness.

So why wait to eat this delicious and juicy fruit? Eat them or drink a glass of juice daily and get healthier starting today.

Juice of the Day:

2 Swiss Chard Leaves

1 Tomato

1 Celery Stalk

1/2 Apple

1/2 cup Raspberries

1/4 cup Blueberries

1/4 cup Red Cabbage

3 Pineapple Slices

1 Tbsp Granola

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Water

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