May 24, 2014

green + beet juice

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Prep Time 5 min 
Total Time 10 min
Servings 2-3

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 beet and the greens
  • 6-8 stalks of kale
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch ginger root (according to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS 

1.  Wash all vegetables thoroughly.
2.  Feed the vegetables and fruit through the juicer.  The greens and ginger seem to work better if the greens are rolled up and the ginger is placed in the middle of the roll.  
3.  Rinse and clean juicer.
4.  Serve immediately.
 
Enjoy!!

For those of you that like their research (like me) here are some fun facts...
  •  Chlorophyll-  Chlorophyll helps your body detoxify. For example, it may inhibit absorption of environmental pollutants like dioxin and also help your body excrete them quicker, says K. Morita, lead author for a study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives."  Chlorophyll also enhances oxygen transport in your body and is a top nutrient for balancing your body’s pH by helping to reduce acidity. Low-grade acidosis may contribute to fatigue as well as other health concerns, including kidney stones and lower growth hormone levels, which lead to more body fat and loss of lean muscle mass.
  • Beets- Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. The greens have a higher content of iron compared to spinach. They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.
    • Blood pressure- All its healing and medicinal values effectively normalizes blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure. 
    • Acidosis- Its alkalinity is essential and effective in combating acidosis.
    • Varicose veins- In similar ways that it helps to keep the elasticity of arteries, regular consumption of beets juice also helps prevent varicose veins.
    • Atherosclerosis- This wonderful crimson juice is a powerful solvent for inorganic calcium deposits that cause the arteries to harden.
    • Liver or bile-  The cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting. 
    • Detoxification- The choline from this wonderful juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse, provided consumption of alcohol is ceased.
    • Cancer- Betaine, an amino acid in beetroot, has significant anti-cancer properties. Studies show that beets juice inhibits formation of cancer-causing compounds and is protective against colon or stomach cancer.
    • Anemia- The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets help make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder.
  • Kale- Kale is one of the very few vegetables that contain a decent amount of Omega 3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). It is rich in calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and also high in Vitamin B1, B2, C, E and K.
    • Skin- Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K and phytonutrients, all representing nutrients for good skin health. Kale is also one of the richest sources of lutein, and contains beta-carotene, both improve our skin’s elasticity, firmness and keep it healthy.
    • Muscles- One of the few vegetables that contain a decent amount of protein, kale has protein that are better bio-available to the body than compared to meat protein. Certainly a great vegetable to add in a vegetarian’s diet.
    • Inflammation- Kale juice is highly alkaline, and its high content of vitamin K helps improve blood circulation that is helpful for reducing chronic inflammation in patients.
    • Hemoglobin- The high content of chlorophyll in kale helps to improve the hemoglobin level in one’s body.  The chlorophyll molecules are closest to human’s hemoglobin molecules, making it one of the best juices for people who are anemic.
    • Inflammation- Kale juice is highly alkaline, and its high content of vitamin K helps improve blood circulation that is helpful for reducing chronic inflammation in patients.
    • Vision- Kale contains a high concentration amount of carotenoids (zeaxathin and lutein).  Both these ingredients  are necessary for protecting our eyes against ultraviolet lights.  Due to the high levels of these antioxidants, kale juice is helpful in defending the retina against free radicals.
    • Detoxifying- Recent studies now recognize kale for its help in the body detoxification system. Isothiocyanates which are found in kale, when broken down to glucosinolates helps to regulate detoxification activities in the body cells.  Therefore, a regular intake of kale juice helps our body detoxify at a genetic level.
    • Cholesterol- These green leaves are also found to reduce the bad cholesterol levels.  It is even more effective when juiced with parsley, green apples and lemon.  Lemon, by the way, helps increase absorption rate of nutrition by up to five times!
    • Cancer- Kale is found to contain indole-3-carbinol, which boosts the health of DNA and also lowers the growth of cancer cells. 
    • Brain Health- Omega 3 in kale helps delay the damage to brain cells due to high blood sugar in people who are diabetic or are obese.
    • Bone Health- Kale is a great source of calcium and is a good solution to increase bone density, or simply just for building normal healthy bones.  
  • Ginger- Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of antioxidants, making it useful for the 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, folate, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3.
    • Digestive health- Ginger gets your digestive system up and running and is known to contribute to awesome digestive health. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It also tends to reduce gas or burping as well as prevent afflictions like diarrhea.
    • Inflammation- One of the amazing benefits of ginger is its power to reduce inflammation. Because of this, ginger can be used to treat any disease caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis.
    • Cholesterol- It reduces the level of cholesterol absorbed and may have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol.
    • Immune booster- Ginger promotes healthy sweating which is often instrumental during the cold or flu. Along with detoxification, German scientists have found that sweat contains a powerful germ-fighting agent which fights infection.


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