Green juice benefits your body in more ways than one, but there’s a right way—and a wrong way—to maximize its benefits.
To get the most benefits from your green juice, make sure it’s low in sugar.
Some people debate if green juice is healthy or not. In my opinion, green juice that is low in sugar is a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle. You do lose the fiber in the plants when you make green juice, so as long as you’re getting fiber from other foods then yes, you should drink green juice. Green juice floods your body with nutrients and hydration that are easily absorbed in your digestive system, especially when you drink it on an empty stomach. To make sure you still get enough fiber, it’s great to alternate a healthy smoothie with a fresh green juice every other day or so.
I’ve noticed that when I consistently drink freshly juiced green veggies I have more energy, my skin is more clear, and I just feel better all around.
Here are just a few green juice benefits:
1. Reduce Overall Inflammation
Fresh green juice reduces inflammation in your body, and according to Christine Lydon, MD, of Yale Medical School “inflammatory processes lie at the root of virtually every chronic disease process known to modern man – from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.” Yuck! Inflammation = bad. Anti-inflammatory green juice = good.
2. Improve Your Digestion
The enzymes in fresh green juice improve your digestive health, and most health experts believe at least 80% of your immune system lives in your digesting system. Drink up.
3. Strengthen Your Immune System
Green Juice drenches your body in plant nutrients and chlorophyll (aka liquid sunshine.) Chlorophyll strengthens your immune system, helps control inflammation, increases red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen.
The ingredients in green juice have excellent healing and detoxifying properties. It’s a great way to start your day. Feel free to add any other fresh veggies you have in the house; a good rule of thumb is at least three veggies to every piece of fruit to keep the sugar down and your blood sugar balanced.
4. Improve Your Skin
The extra hydration and gut-healing benefits of green juice make it especially good for your skin, keeping it clear and giving you that extra dewy healthy glow.
The Best Way to Make Green Juice
Stick to water-filled green veggies and leafy greens, like cucumber, celery, broccoli stems, kale, and spinach. Avoid adding fruit or any sugar to your green juice as sugar creates inflammation and can harm your digestions, which are the exact opposite of the green juice benefits you’re seeking. If you need to, add 1/2 of an apple or pear for a little sweetness to make your juice more palatable if at first it’s too “green” for you. Apples and pears are full of wonderful enzymes and nutrients, but too much in your juice can add too much sugar. I also like to add a small amount of lemon or lime for extra vitamin c and that tangy citrus kick.
Important! Never add the lemon or lime peel to a juicer as it concentrates the essential oils too much and can upset your stomach. Instead, always peel citrus before putting through a juicer, or, simply squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime into your green juice instead of putting it through the juicer.
In case you’re wondering which juicer I use, I use the Breville Juice Fountain™ Multi-Speed and love it.
1 large broccoli stem (cut off all florets and reserve them for another recipe)
2–3 leaves green kale
1/2 organic apple or pear
Optional: 1 to 2-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 organic lemon, peeled before juicing, or not juiced and squeezed into the juice at the end
Method: Wash all produce well and push each whole piece through your juicer, cutting it in half if necessary to fit through the top of the juicer. Add a few ice cubes to your juice if you want your juice cold, and drink it right away as the nutrients will begin to degrade once exposed to oxygen.
Tip: If you’re new to juicing, skip the kale for a while. It’s so good for you but is a very strong flavor. Ease into juicing with milder greens and as you grow to love it, add the kale and other strong greens.
I use the Breville Juice Fountain™ Multi-Speed and love it.
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