Delicious Anti-inflammatory Juice

anti inflammatory cabbage juice recipeByline: Wally Brown

Do you hate eating cabbage? If you are anything like me, then you may not consider cabbage to be one of the better tasting vegetables. But with all of the wonderful health benefits this cruciferous vegetable can give your body it really is worth it to get as much of it as you can in your daily diet.

Red or purple cabbage is loaded with compounds called anthocyanins which have been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory. If that’s not enough reason to start eating more cabbage, the glucosinolates found in in cabbage have also been shown to help prevent cancer.

So what is the easiest way to get a lot of cabbage for better health if you do not like smelling or eating cabbage? Juicing! You can juice up quite a bit of cabbage in the recipe below and you are not going to taste a thing.

This juice is packed with so many helpful micronutrients that do your body good and it tastes so good you are not going to have any problem getting it down as often as you feel like.

Purple Cabbage Anti-inflammatory Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

Makes 500 ML

  • 1 wedge purple cabbage (about 1/6th whole cabbage)
  • 1 medium or large beet
  • 1 lime
  • 1 medium apple of your choice
  • 4 – 6 large carrots
  • 4 – 6 stalks celery
  • Ginger to taste (I use about 2 – 3 inches)

Optional Ingredient

Most of us do not get enough green leafy vegetables in our diet. For some people, an all green juice can be overwhelming, but this juice is a perfect way to add some great greens without any sacrifice in taste.

  • 2 – 3 large leaves of your favorite chard greens or kale

Just add all of the ingredients in your favorite juicer and enjoy. The lime and ginger really make this juice stand out and taste fresh and clean. Try this juice first thing in the morning to give you an awesome jumpstart on your day and you will feel great.

 

Wally BrownWally Brown is a weight loss and health writer at The Weight Loss Lie where his goal is to help people lose weight and be healthier than they have ever been. Find him on Twitter and say hello.

 

6 Ways Juicing Can Help Persistent Acne

Green Juice!Have you tried everything for your acne, but still seem to struggle with consistent breakouts?

I did too.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me today- but I struggled with terrible acne for over 15 years!

I tried everything under the sun to clear my skin until one day (after a particularly awful dermatologist appointment) I decided to throw everything out that I had learned about acne and I decided to heal myself, from the inside-out.

I embarked on a healing journey; I became a fitness instructor with a focus on nutrition and I researched everything I could about the mind/body/food connection. After a lot of studying and trial and error- I was finally able to clear my acne naturally. I’ve been acne free for almost 5 years now, and I want to help you heal as well!

As I learned more about the food/body connection, I discovered 3 of the biggest causes of acne were blood sugar imbalances, digestive imbalances, and hormonal imbalances.

I wanted to address these imbalances head on, so one of the first things I did was to start drinking green juices. It worked wonders for my skin and I want to tell you why!

Here are the 6 ways that juicing helped clear my acne and how it can help you clear yours!:

1. Juicing helps to keep your blood sugar levels normal.

In the typical American diet, we start off our normal day with a bagel, cream cheese, coffee with milk and sugar. While this might be tasty, this breakfast causes a huge spike in your blood sugar. Blood sugar is intimately tied to your acne; higher blood sugar in your body means more of the hormone insulin. More insulin means excessive cell growth at the root of all of your hair follicles- which is part of the sequence of events that causes acne in the first place.

So, what can you do? Start your morning off with a super low sugar green juice instead – try my morning green juice below – to avoid such a huge blood sugar spike first thing in the morning.

2. Juicing helps to get your digestive enzymes flowing.

So many people that I see with acne have some type of digestion problem. It’s usually one of two issues; either they’re not using the bathroom enough and their body is in toxic overload or they’re using the restroom way too much and their body isn’t absorbing nutrients from their food.

What can you do? If you’re having problems with the, ahem, “flow of things”, grab a green juice with beets in it. It’ll start things “movin’ “, (if you know what I mean :), and help to remove toxins.

3. Green juices are super anti-inflammatory.

Our bodies function the best when there is an even balance between acid and pH. However, when our body is more acidic it tends to show up everywhere and usually in our skin. One of the best ways to bring more pH into our bodies is by adding in more veggies.

What can you do? Besides drinking a veggie juice every day, add ginger into the mix as well. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and can also help to boost your immune system. This way you’re getting two for one: the anti-inflammatory properties of the veggies plus the ginger.

4. Juicing helps you stay hydrated.

When you have acne you’re most likely putting creams on your face and using medicines that completely dry your skin out. The result can be an itchy dryness that can sometimes even make you break out more, and can slow down the healing process after a breakout.

What can you do? Try a juice with 1-2 cucumbers (peeled if they’re not organic). Cucumbers are made of mostly water and as a result, can help your skin stay hydrated.

5. Juicing helps to balance hormonal levels.

Hormonal acne is one of the most common types of acne that there is and as a result, everyone wants the “secret recipe” to healing. However, hormones are one of the most complex systems in your body and require a delicate balance of many bodily systems.

What can you do? As long as you’re grabbing one green juice a day, you’re on your way. Your hormones are deeply affected by your blood sugar and digestion. And since juicing helps both of these stay normal, you’re good to go!

6. Drinking green juice help you create better habits.

This was one of the most important ways that drinking green juice helped to clear my acne. Once I started every morning with a green juice, my day felt different. I felt more energized and didn’t have such a huge sugar craving at around 10:30 (sound familiar?!) when my blood sugar was crashing. I felt more focused and tuned in. This felt good, so I started to change up other little habits throughout the day which eventually led to bigger and more important healthy habits that led to more acne clearing.

What can you do? Start one good habit today (drink a green juice!). Just one though, don’t overwhelm yourself because you’ll get burned out. Start with one habit today and watch little habits over time become big ones.

After going over all of those amazing reasons why juicing is great for acne, I figured you could use some juicing inspiration. I have a ton of green juice recipes over here.  Below are my two favorite recipes for acne healing. Try one today!

My 2 favorite juices for acne healing:

Jill’s Morning Juice:
1 green apple
1 bunch kale
3-4 stalks celery
1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
Juice of 1 lemon
Handful of parsley
½ inch ginger peeled

Jill’s Summer Lovin’ Juice:
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 green apple
2-3 pieces of pineapple
Blend with avocado.

I truly believe that green juices were the key to healing my acne and that they can help you clear yours. I hope these recipes inspire you to start your own acne healing journey.

Jill Therese Jill Therese is the founder of Heal Your Face With Food and is dedicated to helping you heal your acne naturally, from the inside out. Download a free guide here to help you determine if you have hormonal acne, stress acne or dietary acne + the steps you can take to heal!

 

Three Simple Fasting Juice Fasting Recipes That You Will Absolutely Love

This is a guest post by Ingela Johansson.

Having a bunch of fasting juice recipes ready when you’re about to go on your raw, healing juice fast can come in handy. Many use fasting as a tool to lose weight, and I don’t blame them. It often works a lot better than the majority of the diets out there.

Fasting not only cleanses your body internally, but it also detoxifies your body and increases your health tremendously.

If you want to get an extra boost out of your enema, it is usually recommended that you do a small enema before you start to clean out the old stuff.

When you’re juicing, you aren’t getting any fiber or solids into your stomach, so you have to get rid of the old somehow, right?

These recipes are the ones I use the most and they are very simple. I like keeping things simple and I am sure our bodies like that, too.

Healthy Recipe #1 – Orange and Carrot Blend

This is probably one of the juices I drink the most. Whenever I get cravings for something sweet I make one of these and it always satisfies my body.

All you have to do is grab as many oranges as you want and when you’ve juiced all of your oranges, add a few carrots. You can vary the amount of carrots you put in depending on what flavor you want.

I typically put in 2-3 medium sized carrots and that gives the orange flavor a nice boost.

Healthy Recipe #2 – Green Orange Mania

This is a recipe I make because I have to get some greens in my diet! Vegetables are very cleansing internally and they are like a retreat for your soul. So you need to get those greens in and this is my way of doing it.

You can take any vegetable, but let’s go with celery and kale. If you were to juice those two and drink it, it would taste pretty bad, and I don’t know, maybe some people like it, but I don’t!

Juice your greens and at the end add a few oranges and it will improve the taste tremendously and it will be a lot easier to drink. And best of all, your body will get the nutrients it needs.

Healthy Recipe #3 – Pineapple and Mango

Are you starting to notice that my fasting juice recipes tend to only contain two or three ingredients? I’m sorry, but that’s the way I have been doing things for a few years, and it works!

I like keeping things simple, but I by no means discourage your from trying your own recipes. Throw in whatever you want in your juicer and see how it tastes. That’s how you learn.

For your pineapple and mango fasting juice recipe all you have to do is peel your pineapple and mango, slice both into small chunks that fit into your juicer and juice away.

I sometimes like to include a carrot right at the end because my juicer can get clogged when I use squishy fruits like pineapples.

[Editor’s Note, Nathalie Says: I don’t recommend juicing fruit on a regular basis, or drinking lots of juiced fruit but if you do juice fruit keep to this rule: only juice fruit with other fruit, except apples, pears, and lemons/limes which can be juiced with veggies. Try to make the majority of your juice consist of vegetables, especially if you have sugar issues or suspect you’ve got a sweet tooth.]

Keep It Simple

Like I said, I like to keep my fasting juice recipes simple, because it means I have to use less brainpower to make them, and to clean everything when I’m all done.

There are tons of great juice recipe books out there, and I’m sure you can find more than plenty online as well, so don’t be shy to trying new things.

Best of luck with your juicing!

Ingela Johansson is in love with natural skin care. If you want more natural anti aging tips, you can visit her blog, where you will find topics ranging from oily skin care tips to home remedies for warts.

11 Reasons Why Juicing is Amazing for You

We’ve harped on about the spiritual ways in which juicing can change your life. We’ve also taught you how to make vegetable juice at home, and how to keep the beet juice rocking.

Benefits of Juicing
Photo by Rob Baird

Now it’s time to look at the practical reasons why juicing will impact your life in an amazing way.

This is a guest post by John McIntyre.

1. Liquid engineering for your body.

The life-giving juice found in fresh fruits and vegetables is nutritionally way beyond anything humans can manufacture. I’m not just talking about junk food, but anything from bread to bottled juice.

Unfortunately, 95% of what you find on supermarket shelves is practically devoid of any nutritional value. The various methods we use to process our food are robbing it of its benefits.

This is why juicing is so wonderful. You can take the nutritional power from as many different fruits and vegetables as you want and feed it directly into your body. This truly is liquid engineering.

2. Boost your energy.

Think of the tired feeling you get after a heavily-processed meal. That happens because your body has to redirect energy to your digestive system… not something you really want. And who wants to eat food that makes them tired anyway? We eat and drink because we’re trying to replenish energy, not spend it.

Enter juicing. One of my favorite things about it is that you are doing the body’s digestive work for it. No more feeling sleepy after a meal. Now you get a burst of energy and your body will thank you for it.

3. Sleep better.

When you sleep, your body is recharging itself. Before processed food was invented, this was no problem.

But in today’s world of nutritionally bankcrupt food, this doesn’t happen like it’s meant to. Rather than recharging, the body has to focus on digestion and squeezing whatever vitamins it can find out.

By juicing (and by eating raw food in general) you hand the power of sleep back over to your body. Rather than digesting food, your body can get back to sleeping which means a smoother and more restful night.

4. Wake up early.

It goes without saying that if you don’t sleep well, you’re not going to get up early. So as you feed your body with more life-giving juice, you’ll wake up earlier with more energy for the day.

5. Feel great.

If you’ve experienced how good you feel when you eat good food, then you won’t need any convincing here. Simply put, the better you eat (and drink), the better you feel.

6. Look fantastic.

When you feel great, you look great.

7. Lose weight.

Much of what causes weight gain is found in unnatural and highly-processed foods that don’t have any nutritional value.

When you juice and your body is filled to the brim with powerful nutrients, all of its natural processes will step up a notch. Yes, this means your metabolism, digestion and immune system will function much more effectively.

Don’t forget all the extra energy you are going to have to get rid of somehow. That “somehow” is best known as exercise – the movement that produces endorphins and makes you happy.

8. Eat less.

When you are eating food which is rich in nutrients, your body isn’t going to need as much to be satisfied.

9. Prevent cancer.

Fruit and vegetables are essentially warehouses of antioxidants. These babies make up the army inside you which fights cancer. They eliminate cancerous growths and make sure your body is in tip-top shape.

Sure, you can get antioxidants from eating carrots. But think of how much faster it’ll be if you drink them.

10. Get more done.

More energy is naturally going to mean that you get more done. Whether you go surfing, paint a picture or write a business plan, it doesn’t matter. The point is that you’ll be doing more of what you want to do which can only be a good thing.

11. Enjoy life.

An old arabic proverb says “He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

I can’t really think of a better way to put it. The healthier you are, the more you are going to enjoy life.

What did you do with all the energy juicing gave you?

About the Author: John McIntyre is the resident juicer of Healthy Juicing, a place where you can discover how you can look and feel amazing with fresh juices.

How to Make Fresh Vegetable Juice at Home

Have you ever had a taste of freshly made vegetable juice? It’s one of the most nourishing foods out there. And today I’m going to show you just how to make this type of fresh veggie juice.

How to Make Vegetable Juice Video

Veggie Juice Ingredients

The beauty of making vegetable juice is that you can pretty much improvise with what you’ve got in your kitchen or garden.

That being said, here’s what I used in this particular juice.

  • Carrots (tops and all)
  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Parsley

Juicer Recommendations

I’ve heard great things about the Breville Juice Fountain, and many raw foodies recommend it. One of the benefits is that it’s a good quality juicer, for a pretty fair price.

It also has a wider opening, so you don’t need to cut fruits or vegetables as small to get them juiced.

omega-juicer-gift

The juicer I own is the Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer. What I like about it is that you can use it to make green juice, and other treats like nut butters, raw fruit sorbets and ice creams, and baby food.

It’s got a heftier price tag, but because it uses a mastication system you’re actually getting more juice for your buck. Before I got this blender I always cringed when I saw how much juice was left in the pulp. Now the pulp is totally dry.

What is Your Favorite Mix?

I’d love to know what your favorite mix of vegetable juice is. I’m pretty partial to my “Beet Goes On” beet juice recipe. What else do you like to drink?

Love, Nathalie