Thursday, January 12, 2012

I Am Juicing For Better Health!

I have been juicing! There are so many health benefits to juicing. Here are a few: "The body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed. Another one of the major health benefits of juicing is that it is an easy way to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into the body. Enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables have the vital role of converting food into body tissue and energy. Enzymes are also involved in metabolism, so one of the more valuable health benefits of juicing is that it can increase metabolic rate. Juicing also ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease. While most people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of phytochemicals that would make a difference, it is relatively easy to drink enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are concentrated in juices. Juicing can therefore help to accelerate recovery from illness. In fact, juicing with specific combinations of fruits or vegetables can target particular conditions and improve or alleviate symptoms."(Source- link)

The Health Benefits to This Recipe Are:
Grapefruit contains citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral.  It has high amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.  In the minerals it has larger amounts of calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, and potassium.  The nutritive phytonutrients of this voluptuous fruit- liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates- help fight cancer and various diseases.
Carrot is one of the most healing foods that provides the finest and highest quality in nutrients, especially from its juice.  It is an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6. It is rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals. The known phytonutrients in carrots are lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin and xanthophyll.  You don't need to remember these fancy names, but just remember that phytonutrients are nature's marvelous provision for healing of various diseases.
Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders.  Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes. This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3.
Apples are known for their excellent source of pectin and fibers.  They are high in vitamin A and C and a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus.  Most of an apple's nutrients are stored on the skin or just under the skin.  There are the phytonutrients: ellagic acid, malic acid, chlorogenic acid, and quercetin.  There are many more phytonutrients in an apple, some yet to be discovered and named.  These compounds are high in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
(Source- link-type in each fruit/veg/spice)

The only issue I had with my beverage is I added wayyyy too much ginger. That baby tates like a spicy grapefruit gin concoction. My advice is keeping the ginger to a very minimal amount. Although it is worth drinking knowing how many amazing nutrients I am absorbing. I hope I can inspire you to get a juicer and start experimenting!


  1. Glad you like the juicer! How did it work for you?

    1. I like it! I thought I would make a giant mess. It is pretty easy to figure out. It will be amazing when I have animals/or compost to eat/break down all the fruits and veggie food I extracted the juice from. Just seems wasteful throwing all of it in the garbage.. Besides that one point it is amazing! It encourages me to buy fruits I usually don't eat. I eat a wide veriety of veggies already though. So I always have food to juice!