Why Drink Green Juices?
Guest post by Lee Holmes.
Green juices are the best medicine we can give our bodies, and are particularly beneficial for those who have digestive system or mal-absorption issues. Juice is easily absorbed as juicing breaks down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables so that they are pre-digested already. This means that the power-packed nutrients are getting directly into your system.
Juicing is also a wonderful way to ensure that we are consuming our recommended servings of greens too. Let’s face it, no one wants to be eating four cucumbers and three bunches of spinach at 7am, but juicing enables us to get a healthy amount of vegetables in one go to power-up the day.
Another benefit of using greens in juicing is that it oxygenates the body due to the addition of chlorophyll and enables us to release stored toxins in our bodies. Chlorophyll helps in neutralising the pollution that we breathe in every day. If you are a smoker (or have been in the past) it’s a fantastic supplement for your diet. When you ingest chlorophyll, your haemoglobin count is elevated and as a result of this, you’ll find that your circulation improves and you’ll have much more energy. Not only is it a blood enricher with special nutrients that build iron, it also cleanses and improves the health of the intestines, uterus, and lungs. Some people use it as a natural breath freshener and body deodorizer. That’s internally of course – no one wants to go out looking like the incredible hulk!
Here’s what’s my in juice-of-the-moment …
Cucumber, Spinach, Basil, Lemon and Lime Juice
Refreshing and invigorating this juice is an excellent way to start the day, cleansing, detoxifying and renewing health at cellular level.
Preparation Time: 5 mins
What You’ll Need
2 bunches English spinach
2 cucumbers cut in half lengthways
1 lemon (zest and pith removed)
1 lime (zest and pith removed)
½ cup of fresh basil leaves
Place ingredients through the juicer remembering to make them small enough to fit through the shoot. Adding ice cubes once you have finished will make the juice even more palatable and reduce the acidity of the lime and lemon. If you prefer a sweeter juice, why not add a small amount of carrot or apple? Remember too much fruit causes spikes in blood sugar levels.
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Author bio: Lee Holmes is the founder of Supercharged Food, an altruistic website to help people expand their range of healthy food choices and plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, wholesome and nourishing diet. Lee is currently a writer for Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics Blog www.koraorganics.com, and a columnist with Wellbeing Magazine where her column “Quick Kitchen” appears in each issue. Her recipe book Supercharged Food is out now through Murdoch Books ($34.99).
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