|Pure Beet Juice|
Beets are amazing, not only are they beautiful but they also carry a punch of health. Beets are full of phytonutrients called betalains, responsible for their vibrant color, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Usually destroyed by longer periods of heat (roasting, steaming), using them raw keeps the betalains intact. If you chose to cook or roast, heating for 15 minutes or less reserves the majority of betalain integrity.
Why should you chose to do so?? Well, Betalains act as anti-inflammatory compounds in their ability to inhibit the activity of the enzymes responsible for triggering inflammation. Todays diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, and diabetes are all associated with chronic unwanted inflammation. Also Betalin pigments support Phase 2 detoxification of our body. Phase 2 is a metabolic step that our cells use to eliminate unwanted toxic substances via our urine. Great, right? And to top if off, beets are great sources of vitamin c and manganese, both antioxidants which help rid the body of free radicals and help benefit our eye and nerve tissue health.
Turmeric is another great addition to this juice. It is full of curcumin, the pigment responsible for its bright orange color. Turmeric is a potent and safe anti-inflammatory root, that helps in controlling daily issues such as flatulence, menstrual difficulties, toothache, bruises, and chest pain, as well as common diseases. Curcumin helps relieve pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis patients, and has shown to inhibit cancer cell growth and metastases. Also, it is an excellent source of your daily iron and manganese.
Finally, the ginger root, tops off the healing attributes. Alleviating gastrointestinal stress, motion sickness, dizziness, and vomiting, it is often used in the natural kitchen. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory like turmeric and beets, helping patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to relive pain and swelling. The gingerols responsible for this response, also induce cell death in ovarian cancer through apoptosis (programmed cell death). Due to its spiciness, ginger also boosts the immune system through healthy sweating. Sweat contains powerful germ fighting agents that may help keep infections at bay.
|Pretty In Pink|
PS. please don't make the same mistake I did, and wear your favorite clothes while juicing. Otherwise you will have beautiful red, orange, and yellow marks on them from the pigments in the beets, turmeric, and ginger. Cheers to your health!
Pretty in Pink
Makes about a quart of juice.
2-3 medium small beets
3 navel oranges
2 granny smith apples
Juice of 1/2 lime
1. Wash all produce and place into strainer.
2. Cut the all the produce into small enough slices/chunks in order to fit into your juicer. It is okay to leave the skin on all produce except the oranges. Place into a large bowl.
3. Juice each separately and pour into a large glass mason jar.
4. Add the lime juice and stir.
5. Cover jar and refrigerate.
I like to drink 4 oz of this juice in the mornings prior to breakfast. It wakes me up and energizes from within. Its sweet and spicy and refreshing to boot!