Are you juicing everyday? Spring is the perfect time to start eating all the gifts that Mother Nature has provided in an easy, delicious, packed full of goodness way.
The second we chew freshly made juices the vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll detoxifies, nourishes and builds our blood, acting like a blood transfusion. And yes, I said chew. It is very important that we drink our solids and chew our liquids. What I mean is that when we drink fresh juices we chew them by swishing them around in our mouths before swallowing. By doing this the saliva mixes with it, providing the same natural digestive enzymes we get when we chew our food. Otherwise, drinking juices too quickly can cause diarrhea and even nausea. Drinking solids means that we chew our food into a more liquid like consistency before swallowing. That way we receive and utilize all the essential vitamins and minerals.
Here is a list of some essential vitamins and minerals that you can enjoy by juicing and their sources:
Vitamin A: Red, yellow and orange bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, spinach, dandelion greens and carrots.
Healing for: Eyes, skin, lungs, bones, kidneys, gallbladder, hair, skin and mucous membrane.
Vitamin C: kale, parsley, watercress, spinach, grapefruit, limes, beets, broccoli and green bell peppers.
Healing for: Gums, teeth and infections. This vitamin plays a significant role as an antioxidant, thereby protecting body tissue from the damage of oxidation and is great for anti aging.
Vitamin E: Green leaves, apples, bananas, blackberries and kiwis.
Healing for: Body tissue that has been damaged by oxidation. It is very important in the formation of red blood cells.
Calcium: Spinach, broccoli, peas, carrots, oranges, limes, strawberries, apples, grapes and peaches.
Healing for: If we are deficient in calcium our cell walls will weaken, our blood won’t clot and our nerves won’t carry messages to one another.
Iron: Seaweed, carrots, kale, celery, apples, beets, strawberries, melons and spinach.
Healing for: Brain, bones and muscle function. Iron deficiency can affect the immune system and cause weakness and fatigue.
Magnesium: Green leafy vegetables, beets, parsley, kale, garlic, broccoli, carrots, pineapples, celery, sweet potatoes, squash, strawberries and oranges.
Healing for: Nerves, muscles, clotting blood, and energy production. A deficiency may cause insomnia, heart problems, fatigue, nervousness, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Here are a few of my favorite juicing recipes that I created. I hope that you enjoy them as much as my family does!
Blood cleansing juice: 3 carrots and 5 apples
Tummy Soothe: 6 apples, a hand full of spinach and 1 inch cube ginger root
Sunshine: 3 apples, 10 strawberries, 1/2 lime without peel