Monday, May 28, 2012

Why This Juice?

My week-long juice fest started Saturday and I continued through Sunday and Monday, even though it's a holiday weekend that involved weird food choices otherwise. Last night I slept about 12 hours because I was super exhausted from weeks of working way too much- which is another reason I want to boost my health meter a bit with juice. 

In the last post I mentioned the budget concerns of juicing for a week. But aside from being reasonably priced, I need to explain why I'm doing this combo of veg...

Carrots- The Health Online Zine states that carrots Prevent Cancer, Improve Vision, Prevent heart disease, Reduce the risk of stroke, Nourish Skin, are Anti-aging and aid in Dental Health. Dan the Life Regenerator mentioned in the budget video that carrots are cheap and grounding. I desperately need some cheap sources of grounding energy, since my head has been so high in the sky with zany ideas lately. 

Celery- According to Juicing for, "Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids." Celery is also great for re-hydrating after a workout and neutralizes acidity in the blood's pH. It can significantly lower total cholesterol, can prevent kidney stones, and has a "calming effect on the nervous system." 

Beets- According to Nutrition and, beets "offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels in the body and have anti-aging effects." "Raw beets are an excellent source of folates. Folates are necessary for DNA synthesis in the cells." A beet "contains significant amounts of vitamin-C."  "The root is also rich source of niacin (vit.B-3), pantothenic acid (vit.B-5), pyridoxine (vit.B-6) and carotenoids, and minerals such as iron, manganese, and magnesium. " In addition, the root indeed has very good levels of potassium.  Potassium lowers heart rate and regulates metabolism inside the cells by countering detrimental effects of sodium."

Serrano Peppers- From Fruits and Veggies More, Serrano Chili Peppers are "fat, saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol free, an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, and a good source of fiber, vitamin K, and manganese." Wise Geek tells us that that hot peppers "have been linked to metabolism, insulin levels, natural cold remedies, pain control, weight loss, and endorphins. Hot peppers are the way to go when looking for an energy boost. Capsaicin levels in hot peppers are high, and this is the pepper ingredient acknowledged for raising endorphin levels and improving mood."

Cucumber- World's Healthiest Foods tells us that "cucumbers provide us with a variety of health-supportive phytonutrients. Included among these phytonutrients are flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, and kaempferol), lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), and triterpenes (cucurbitacins A, B, C, and D). Cucumbers are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K. They are also a very good source of the enzyme-cofactor molybdenum. They are also a good source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C; heart-healthy potassium and magnesium, bone-building manganese, and energy-producing vitamin B5. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica."

 That's quite a bit of nutritional bang for my juicing buck. It covers pretty much all systems of the body. The cucumber and celery make it a refreshing, lighter drink. The beets add richness and a potent nutritional edge. The carrots add sweetness and help balance the darkness of the beets. The peppers add a whole other dimension of flavor, energy, and metabolism boosting to the total juicy package. 


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