ABC’s on Juicing: Recipes for Immune and Women’s Nutrition

Juicing has become very popular recently. It sounds delicious and easy enough -- simply extract the juice and water from fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to consume many fruits and vegetables at once and reap the benefit of highly bioavailable nutrients. Introducing a new fruit or vegetable in juicing may push you to try and even learn to like new foods as well! For example, if one wants to get to like beets, juicing is one of the ways you can start enjoying them. It makes eating the whole vegetable much more palatable. After that, you can start to enjoy beets in other ways such as in salad or in quinoa. If you have a sensitive stomach, or have problems digesting fiber or absorbing nutrients, juicing may benefit you. Continue on to the ABC’s of juicing and what recipes work best!

A. Immune: Here is a perfect juice for giving your immune system that extra boost it needs! Make this juice at the first signs of feeling ill and you are sure to kick it before it even starts. You will need: 1 bunch of kale, ½ bunch parsley or cilantro, 1 green apple cut and seeded, 2 inch piece of ginger, 1 clove peeled garlic, lemon or lime peeled and 1 whole cucumber with ends removed. Kale and lemon contains high amounts of vitamin C and folate, ginger is a wonderfully spicy anti-inflammatory root, and garlic is one of the most potent natural antibiotic agents. Parsley and cilantro encourage lymphatic circulation and detoxification of the body. Watermelon juice is another refreshing beverage that significantly boosts the immune system and reduces muscle soreness associated with the flu.

B. Balance Hormones: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is experienced by nearly every woman at least once in her lifetime. This tonic may help alleviate some symptoms by replenishing nutrients to your body and balancing hormones. Get yourself: 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 green apple, 4 celery stalks, ½ cucumber, 2 stalks kale, 2 sticks fennel, and 1 lemon. This juice will reduce water retention, ease bloating, and provide iron.

C. Migraine Relief: Many women who suffer from migraines also have a deficiency of magnesium. Magnesium is crucial for relaxing muscles and reducing stress. By replenishing this vital nutrient, you may decrease the frequency of migraines and nearly every function of your body. You will need: 16 ounces coconut water, 1 slice of watermelon, 3-4 leaves of kale, 1 stalk celery, ½ lemon juiced, ½ a large cucumber, ½ ginger root, and 1/2 cup pineapple. This juice is super cooling and sweet with extra hydration benefits from the coconut water -- you will love it!

While many will benefit from juicing, one may be taking in more natural sugar that one realizes! Be aware if you have any blood sugar issues. Instead, you may benefit from blending and keeping more fiber intact. When juicing, drink your juice or smoothie right away! Air and light will destroy much of the nutrients; store in an air tight container away from light if you can’t drink it straight away. One last tip- use organic produce when juicing as much as possible.