Juicing

Reach For The Cranberry Juice For A Healthy Cool Down

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While you may be inclined to beat the heat with the latest sports drinks on the market, they are mostly very high in sugar and may not be the most healthy options for you to rehydrate. All natural juice does have high sugar content but they are all natural and they come with the added benefit of the vitamin and minerals that your body needs to perform. Cranberries are one such option that can not only help you fight dehydration, but they can really have a positive impact on other areas of your body. Juice from cranberries comes with lots of health benefits and they are ranked as one of the top super foods among fruits and vegetables. A cup only contains 45 calories so you do not have to worry about adding extra weight. The following are some of the health benefits that come with consuming cranberry juice:

Prevents Tooth Decay

Studies have shown that pure and natural cranberry juice can prevent tooth decay. In addition to minerals and vitamins that help in formation of strong enamel and boast immunity in the gums, the juice also contains proanthocyanidine. This is a chemical that stops harmful bacteria and pathogens from sticking to the teeth and causing the acids to start attacking the enamel and the gums. Symptoms of such attacks include tartar, plaque, tooth decay, foul smell or gum diseases such as gingivitis. Combined with proper brushing and flossing, cranberry juice improves oral hygiene.

Improves Heart Health

Latest statistics indicate that about 600,000 people in the US die from heart-related diseases annually. This is attributed to weakened immunity, poor blood circulation and weak pumping action. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), drinking cranberry juice is a good way of combating this problem. Cranberries contain a high concentration of a chemical element known as polyphenols. It is an antioxidant that eliminates free radicals that weaken the heart structure and also accelerate wear and tear. Drinking at least one cup of pure juice will help eliminate and prevent the toxins and free radicals.

Slows Down Aging

People who desire to look younger will appreciate a glass or two of cranberry juice. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that cranberries are rich in both antioxidants and phytonutrients. These compounds help protect against cell damage, encourage the growth of new cells, and also stop unstable molecules which accelerate aging. This makes the skin more elastic, smooth and reduces any wrinkles, blemishes and sags. It also boosts hydration (moisture level) and this protects the skin against dryness or injuries.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when the concentrations of micro-organisms in urine exceed the normal level. This leads to some clinging on the bladder walls and causing an inflammation or infection. In extreme situations this can lead to cystitis, renal parenchyma or bacterial prostatistis. Research has shown that cranberry juice can help deal and also prevent this problem. The juice contains a chemical compound known as proanthocyanidins. It has anti-clinging characteristics and stops the micro organisms from sticking or binding on the balder walls.

Enhances Cardiovascular Health

Cranberry juice is rich in flavanoids and vitamin C. The flavanoids prevents the arteries from becoming too rigid or shrinking and causing poor blood circulation. This condition may lead to an ailment known as atherosclerosis, and when this happens, a person is at high risk of suffering from heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. The active compounds found in cranberry juice improve the elasticity and remove any fatty and calcium deposits from the walls of the arteries.

Prevents Tumors

Cranberry juice contains high volumes of salicylic acid which is effective against prostate, breast, lung, colon and other cancerous tumors. The growth occurs when blood clots or swellings start developing inside the body. Salicylic acid minimizes this from happening courtesy of polyphenolic compounds. Research has shown that the acid together with other compounds suppress or delay the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) and encourage the production of more blood platelets. Other essential nutrients that help stop the tumors include thiamin, calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, niacin, iron, vitamin B-6, phosphorus, phylloquinone( vitamin K), potassium, sodium, zinc, and alpha tocopherol ( vitamin E) among others.

The above are some of the benefits of drinking juice from cranberries. It improves digestion, metabolism, immunity, mood, recovery rate and also removes toxins from the body. According to statistics, the juice contains more antioxidants and vitamins compared to other vegetables and fruits such as spinach, broccoli, apples, strawberries, oranges and more. If you are into juicing then popping a few of these into your juicer will sure add both taste and nutrients that will elevate any of your favorite recipes.

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Drink Your Way To Better Health With These Green Juice Recipes

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Juicing is a wonderful way to consume your daily allowance of fresh produce to help you get the vitamins and minerals that your body to perform at an optimal level.  With that in mind, we have come up with 7 of our favorite concoctions that we love to fix in our own juicer at home. As you will notice each recipe has at least one green vegetable in the list of ingredients. When consumed raw, green vegetables are undoubtedly some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. You can always throw in a sweet ingredient like a fruit but make sure you don’t overdo the sweetness.

Each recipe is filled with nutrients that will not only give you lots of energy but also rejuvenate and restore you. All the juices are very easy to prepare. The ingredients are readily available and the only appliance that you will need is a juicer. The directions for each recipe are the same – throw the ingredients into the juicer, hit start and then stop when the juicer has separated the juice from the pulp effectively. Each recipe serves one but feel free to increase the ingredients in a ratio that can satisfy your quantity needs.

Dandelion Ginger Juice

This juice is packed with four different vegies; but the main one is dandelion. It is rich in inulin – a fiber that is known to regulate blood sugar and it also detoxifies the liver.

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard
  • 1 c dandelion greens
  • 0.5-inch fresh ginger
  • 0.5 lemon, peeled

Nutritional Value

183 calories, 167 mg sodium, 59 g carb, 32 g sugars, 8 g protein, 3 g fiber, 2 g fat, 0 sat fat

Parsley Cucumber Juice

This recipe is impressively wholesome. Spinach protects your brain from cognitive decline while cucumber ensures that your cells are always hydrated. The pear is rich in fiber that enhances gut performance and parsley and mint offer a calming effect.

Ingredients

  • 2 c baby spinach
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 c fresh parsley
  • 1 medium pear
  • ¼ c fresh mint

Nutritional Value

125 calories, 100 mg sodium, 39 g carb, 18 g sugars, 6 g pro, 1.5 g fiber, 1.5 g fat, 0 sat fat

Pineapple-Kale Juice

This is probably the sweetest green juice in this list so if you are new to green juices then you might want to try this one first as you progress to the ones that are less sweet.

Ingredients

  • 6 large leaves of kale (do not remove stem)
  • 1 medium apple (yellow or green)
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1/4 pineapple meat with no skin

Nutritional Value

93 calories, 30 g carb, 17 g sugars, 7 mg sodium, 2 g pro, 1 g fiber, 0.5 g fat, 0 sat fat

Fennel-Apple Juice

Fennel bulbs are surprisingly magical when it comes to nutritional value. They are rich in antioxidants that eliminate inflammation, fiber that aids substance flow in the gut, potassium that enhances fluid retention and folate. Dill is great for digestion.

Ingredients

  • 2 green apples
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 c baby spinach or Earthbound Farm Organic Zen Blend
  • 0.5 lemon, peeled
  • ¼ c fresh dill

Nutritional Value

210 calories, 195 mg sodium, 68 g carb, 30 g sugars, 7 g pro, 2.5 g fiber, 1.5 g fat, 0 sat fat

Cilantro Apple Juice

This juice is rich in vitamin K, calcium, and iron thanks to kale. It also contains citrus (from lemon) that is loaded with vitamin C and cilantro that has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 large kale leaves
  • 1 med cucumber
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • ¼ c fresh cilantro

Nutritional Value

175 calories, 82 mg sodium, 51 g carb, 32 g sugars, 5 g pro, 1.5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 0 sat fat

Celery Apple Mint Combo

This is yet another green juice that tastes fairly sweet thanks to apple. Carrots and celery have a great taste too and go great together. The mint is superb for adding a desirable aroma. It will also leave your breath with a fresh feel.

Ingredients

  • 8 stems parsley
  • 6 stems fresh mint
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 large apple (any kind)

Nutritional Value

118 calories, 28 mg sodium, 34 g carb, 19 g sugars, 8 g pro, 1.5 g fiber, 0.5 g fat, 0 sat fat

Orange Spinach Juice

Oranges are great fruits. They are rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B, vitamin A, folate, calcium and copper among others. On the other hand, spinach is full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The two make a great combination and are further complemented by other ingredients like ginger and apple in this amazing green juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium oranges, peeled
  • 2 lemons, peeled
  • 1.5 c fresh baby spinach
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 0.5-inch fresh ginger

Nutritional Value
162 calories, 54 g carb, 39 mg sodium, 33 g sugars, 4 g pro, 1.5 g fiber, 0.5 g fat, 0 sat fat.

Going Green

If you are looking for a simple way to change up your diet and improve your nutrition then there is simply no better way than to get more green veggies into your body. Whether you increase your weekly intake of salad, or you go out and get yourself a juice extractor, finding some method that you will enjoy and keep up routinely to get your greens can go a long way to increasing your energy and overall well being. It is time to get keen on the greens.