Why green juice?

Well simply because if you’re going to juice for health and maybe weight loss reasons, green is so much better for you.

Let me explain

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1. A green juice will consist of dark leafy greens, like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, pak choy, collards, turnip greens, cabbage. There’s also broccoli, brussell sprouts and various lettuces.

2. These greens are packed with nutrients. Kale alone has vitamins A, C and K. They are also full of fibre which means they are perfect for detoxing and helping cleanse your system. They will also help fight against infections, they have healing properties and taste pretty good too!

3. Freshly made green juices supply the body with loads of instant vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants (like SOD, superoxide dismutase,) and phytonutrients with in minutes of consuming.

4. Green juices contain large quantities of the green pigment known as chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is almost identical to the molecule in your body known as haemoglobin.

This is a protein which transports oxygen to tissues and cells throughout the body, this being vital for proper and efficient cell function.

Other benefits from chlorophyll are that it assists in the production of healthy red blood cells. And that’s not all, it’s also a natural detoxifier, a cleanser, an antiseptic, they say it has anti cancer properties, it’s great for the regulation of the intestines, it’s an internal deodorizer, it helps reduce cholesterol, its anti-inflammatory, and it regulates your blood sugar levels.

Chlorophyll is exceedingly important in aiding in your immune system function.

How powerful is that? All those reasons add up to making sure you get those all important greens into your diet (and into your juicing)

5. Green juices are very alkalizing. It has been found that diseases, illness and inflammation all thrive in an acidic environment. Flooding your body with alkalizing foods and liquids can easily reverse many health challenges prominent in today’s world.

6. It’s very important when making your juices that you vary the ingredients. Each leafy green has very different vitamins, and minerals and the way to avoid boredom is try variations every day.

Use maybe one or two different ones in each juice. You can also use lettuce, they’re all great except iceberg. Also it will give you varied tastes as well and that way you can experiment and decide which are your favourites.  Kale for instance has a very strong flavour but something like pak choy is much milder.

7. You can also ‘spice’ things up a little by adding some herbs like parsley, mint, dill, watercress, ginger, – which also are very good for you too.

Now don‘t think you only have to stick to vegetables. You can use fruit as well to add a little something. So add some dark green apples, pears, pineapple, kiwi, berries to your juices as well.

8. See if you add pineapple to your juice this is what you also get. Pineapple contains a compound called bromelain. The protein-digesting enzymes in it are thought to aid digestion. Bromelain is used worldwide as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-coagulant, and is thought to have anti-cancer properties.

Pineapple is also an outstanding source of vitamin C, and contains the mineral, manganese, both of which help protect against cell damage caused by free radicals. Manganese is also essential in producing several enzymes needed for energy production.

And of course you can always use cucumber and celery in your juices as well.

9. One of the reasons to juice is that drinking a juice is good on your system. It’s very unlikely you’d be able to eat all the recommended daily vitamins and minerals in your food but if you’re juicing it’s so easy to digest.

10. In addition to the above, juicing ensures rapid assimilation into the system whereas eating all those vegetables (if you could) and getting their goodness into your system would probably take hours.

11. Juicing is wonderful for cleansing the system, aids the removal of toxins which means it will greatly assist in weight loss as well

12. Juicing will help clear your mind, it will increase your energy levels, improve your complexion, hair, skin, and nails.

 

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Juicing is therefore an overall winner and if it’s green juice is even better!

You can totally mix and match how and when you drink your green juice.

Some people will have one juice a day (for breakfast) to set them up for the day. Others will do a day a week where they have nothing but juice.

How ever you drink yours make sure it’s before a meal rather than after. Drinking the juice first will allow your system to absorb all the nutrients.

And here’s a few recipes to start you off

– 2 cups spinach, 1 cup kale, 3 sticks of celery, half cucumber, ½ lemon, 2 Fuji apples

– ½ head of romaine lettuce, handful of spinach, half cup of Kale, 10 sprigs of cilantro, 2 Granny Smith apples, ½ lime

– 4 sticks celery, 1 cucumber, 2 cups kale, 2 Granny Smith apples, ginger

– 1 cucumber, 1 granny smith apple, ½ cup chopped pineapple, cup kale, 3 Swiss Chard Leaves

– 1 orange, ½ cucumber, 3 sticks celery, ½ lemon, 1 Fuji apple

– 2 cups spinach, 2 cups kale, 1 cup chopped pineapple, small handful mint leaves, 2 Granny Smith apples

There are many more recipes that you can find but these will get you started on your Green Juicing. Enjoy

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