You may hear varying information about juices and juicing in general. Even I have varied opinions on it. I don’t recommend juicing for meals and food and believe it shouldn’t be the whole source of how to get our bodies functioning the best. However, adding juice into your already healthy diet is a great way to get immediate use of so many powerful antioxidants. Below I’m breaking down the top juices to start your morning off on the right note and why you should add each to your a.m. nutrition plan.
The best thing about celery juice is that it’s beneficial for flushing your liver, which can get a little backed up from our toxic lifestyles. I love celery juice, even down to the taste, but I wish I had someone to clean my juicer afterward. Keep in mind, celery juice offers little to no calories, so the best way to use it is 15 to 30 minutes after you wake up and follow it up shortly after with a meal.
First thing I think of when I think of beet juice is the amazing color. Think about it. If it’s that beautiful on the outside, imagine how beautiful it will work on the inside. Like celery juice, it helps to detox the liver. Specifically, beets contain betaine to boost the functionality of the liver. This is only one of the great benefits beet juice has on us. Just get ready to wipe up any spills quickly, because it is messy.
When I think of eating or drinking watermelon, I immediately think about how refreshing it is. This is true. It is, in fact, very hydrating. It’s also very high in vitamin C and A, which not only offers amazing immune system benefits but is powerful, even for our skin cells. While a cup of it is only 70 calories, keep in mind it can still spike your blood sugar. No problem—eat a handful of nuts before or after and you’ll still see all the benefits.
Traditionally, I would say green juice is the most popular of all juices because it’s a blend of powerful green foods, easy to absorb. However, there’s a lot to be said for a single fruit or veggie juicing. The ingredients can vary, but green juices usually look something like this: kale/spinach, parsley, apple, lemon, cucumber, and celery. If you’re new to this combo, take it slow. When you’re new to it, it can be hard on our bodies to digest and absorb this many nutrients at once and can cause some negative side effects. Once you get used to it, you’ll love the energy, anti-aging, and digestive benefits to it.
Besides being absolutely delicious, this potent combination is amazing for so many things. First is immune support—if you’re coming down with something, this quick combo can kick-start your metabolism. But it doesn’t stop there. Turmeric is probably my favorite spice to combat inflammation, and you can use it immediately when juiced. It’s hard to take on its own, so I recommend mixing it with other amazing foods. With the addition of orange, you’ll need to keep in mind this juice can spike your blood sugar (unless taken in shot form), so just pair it with a healthy fat.
It’s always a good idea to combine lemon and ginger. Both of the strong flavors make for an easy-to-enjoy beverage, whether it’s tea or juice. It’s an amazing addition to your morning routine because of its cleansing and digestive benefits. It’s another great anti-inflammatory choice too. Drink it warm or drink it cold—I always resort to this combo when I feel like I’m coming down with something to reduce the pain and also enhance my immune system.
Some of my best and favorites right here. I personally have been using some of these daily for a while, but not in replacement of my food. I use them in addition to my food and encourage you to do the same.
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