Drinking fresh juices becomes more and more popular each day. It is simple to explain why – in our fast rhythm of life we do not have enough time and opportunities to eat the necessary amount of fruits and vegetables. No wonder people have a lack of energy, digestion problems, fatigue, insomnia, problematic skin and hair, stress and other mental complaints. Our organism requires vitamins and minerals for its proper functions. So, juicing is the easiest way to help your body and charge yourself with vitality. And, moreover, it can be very delicious.
When I was at the beginning of my juicing experience, I tried to learn as much as I can about it. I wanted to know all pros and cons of drinking fresh juices, also I wanted to know which ingredients have more benefits, how to mix tastes of different fruits and veggies to make my juice useful and delicious. During my learning I found out that the most beneficial juice is green juice and I have already mentioned it in my article Green Juice Benefits. Today I would like to continue this topic and tell you how to make your drink healthy and yummy.
Are you feeling a little sluggish or looking for a way to boost your energy? Drinking just one green juice a day can help improve your health, weight loss and beauty goals. I absolutely love drinking green juice and here’s why: it helps to detox the liver, keeps stomach bacteria intact and delivers enzymes directly to our bodies. Drinking 12-16 ounces of green juice a couple of times per week also gives me the energy I need and I know that I am doing something great for my body.
How to make a Green Juice
- Base vegetables: Bok choy, cabbage, cucumber, celery, romaine lettuce
- Leafy greens: Broccoli stems, collards, dandelion, kale, red chard, spinach
- Sweeteners: Beetroot, carrots, grapefruit, green apple, green pear, pineapple
- Alkalizers: Lemon, limes
- Detoxifiers: Basil, cilantro, mint, parsley, etc.
- Superfoods: Apple cider vinegar, cayenne, garlic, sprouts, ginger, turmeric, wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, maca, chia seed and more.
These are the basic ingredients that you can add to your juice according to your taste. I prefer to put cucumbers with skin, apples, carrots, some pineapple, lemon with a peal, spinach, cilantro and lots of celery. This is my favorite feel good go – to green juice. However, sometimes I prefer to drink pure celery juice and that is why: there is a lot of buzz about celery juice right now and for good reason! Drinking a glass of celery juice first thing in the morning does wonders for the body, thanks to its potent healing properties.
Celery juice contains at least eight anti-cancer compounds that may fight against just about every type of cancer. Two of these anti-cancer compounds are acetylenes and phenolic acids. They help stop the growth of cancer cells. Celery juice contains a lot of vitamin K, which promotes healthy bones and hearts. Due to the diuretic properties of celery and the fact that it contains magnesium, phthalides and potassium, celery can really help people with high blood pressure.
Its ability to lower cholesterol makes it useful for improving or maintaining heart health. Celery contains a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), which, as previously reported, has a lipid-lowering effect, but researchers believe that celery has many other beneficial compounds that still appear in the results.
Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides, which act as anti-inflammatory agents, especially antioxidants of flavonoids and polyphenols. They maintain overall health, especially as they age, by fighting free radicals (or oxidative stress), which can lead to inflammation. Inflammation is often the cause of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and many others.
Celery is very low in calories and can be a valuable product that will help you lose weight thanks to its ability to provide vital nutrients and regulate lipid (fat) metabolism. One of the main benefits of celery is that it is so rich in nutrients, which means that it contains antioxidants, electrolytes, and vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, group B vitamins and potassium – all with very few calories.
Here is one of the benefits of celery, which you may not know: it can help prevent or reduce the formation of painful ulcers. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology found that celery contains a special type of ethanol extract that is useful for protecting the digestive tract mucosa from ulcers.
Celery seeds contain an odorless, oily compound known as NBP, which has a diuretic effect and helps detoxify the body. In a rat study published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods mentioned above, the urine volume was significantly higher when the rats were given celery extract compared to the control group. The digestive benefit of celery is partly due to its diuretic effect.
Celery seed extract has antihypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the important risk factors for coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in industrialized countries. The benefits of celery seeds include potential help in controlling chronic elevated blood pressure levels. Celery’s benefits in lowering blood pressure stem from its seeds, which contain hexane, methanol, and water-ethanol extracts. These extracts improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and help control blood pressure.
The study in Egypt revealed that when rats were fed celery along with chicory and barley experienced an enhancement. This has been a significant descension in the number of dangerous fat buildup within the liver. The more celery, chicory and barley were given to rats, the better their liver condition improved.
Because celery helps reduce uric acid and stimulates the production of urine, it is useful for fighting bacterial infections in the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Like cranberries, which are known to fight urinary tract infections (UTI), celery can help prevent UTIs, as well as bladder disorders, kidney problems, and even cysts on the reproductive organs.
Celery seeds have been used for centuries as a herbal remedy with an antibacterial effect. The 2009 report, published in the journal Pharmacy and Pharmacology, shows that celery contains special antimicrobial components contained in the seeds of the celery plant. When the extract was taken from celery seeds and mixed with harmful bacterial compounds that cause infection in humans, celery extract was able to significantly cleanse and reduce the growth of bacteria.
This is not all the benefits of celery; I named only few of them just so you know the exact good you can get from drinking celery juice. You can drink it pure, just like I do, or add it to your favorite juices. Whatever you do – it will bring a lot of positive changes to your body. If you’ve tried celery juice, what benefits have you noticed?