To juice or not to juice, that is the question. When it comes to health, it’s not hard to become confused. Maybe you’ve read juicing is bad because it strips out the fiber and leaves you with just the sugars…or maybe you’ve been told juicing is an awesome way to increase your intake of vital nutrients.
While I’m only here to share my opinion, and not tell you what you should do… I say JUICE! Mostly because when I consistently drink freshly juiced green veggies I have more energy, my skin is more clear, and I just feel better all around.
Have you ever had green juice?
Green juice basically just refers to a juice or drink that is made with mostly deep green vegetables. Including a green juice or smoothie as part of your daily diet is an easy way to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of green juices include:
- Fresh green juice reduces inflammation in your body, and according to Christine Lydon, MD, of Yale Medical School “inflammatory processes lie at the root of virtually every chronic disease process known to modern man – from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.”
- The enzymes in fresh green juice improve your digestive heath, and most health experts believe at least 80% of your immune system lives in your digesting system. Again, drink up.
- Green Juice drenches your body in plant nutrients and chlorophyl (aka liquid sunshine.) Chlorophyl strengthens your immune system, helps control inflammation, increases red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen.
Making Your Green Juice
When you first begin to learn about what kinds of foods you can use to make your juice, it might seem like there is a lot to learn, but it is surprisingly simple when you follow these guidelines, and you start to experiment!
Base Green Vegetables
Celery & Cucumber
Main Greens (Pick 1 or 2)
Or any leafy greens you prefer: collard, dandelion greens, chard, etc
Added Sweetness (Pick 1)
Lemon or Lime
To make the process even easier for you, this article will be including a few very simple recipes that you can follow to make healthy juice at home that your whole family can enjoy.
Super Spinach Green Juice
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that has been very popular for years. It’s super high in iron and has a host of other benefits for your body, and can help to keep your from having a major crash in the middle of the day. Spinach is also a really great source of calcium that your body can easily access. This recipe is a great morning drink that will not only energize you, but help you protect your blood sugar levels as well.
- 1 cup of spinach
- 2-3 celery sticks
- 1 cucumber
- 1 medium apple
- 1 lemon (optional)
- ginger root, 2 inch piece (optional)
Blood Sugar Helper Green Juice
This recipe might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has extremely valuable effects on the body and its blood sugar levels. If you have elevated blood sugar levels, it is highly effective to the point that warnings have been issued about avoiding consuming it at the same time as blood sugar regulation drugs. This recipe should make about a cup and a half of awesome and powerful green juice. Drink it in the morning for the best results.
- 1 bitter melon
- 1 romaine lettuce heart
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large apple
- 1/2 lime (peeled)
Bedtime Green Juice
If you have trouble sleeping this might be a perfect recipe for you. Romaine lettuce is full of important trace minerals, but the thing you’ll be looking for here is lactucarium, the sap of the lettuce. It has a relaxing effect on the body and will help you to be able to rest better. Juice the vegetables, and you’ll be off to sleepy land in no time at all.
- 2-3 celery stalks
- 2 romaine lettuce heart
- 1 large apple
- 1/2 lemon (peeled)