Having been on a month long internal clear out and deciding to continue for another 2 more months, I felt an urge to share with you some valuable information about nutrients.
Today’s juice - helps control sugar cravings, lower inflammation and reduce heat.
It’s refreshingly simple to make.
I’ve used a nutri-bullet to mix as it preserves the pulp as well as the juice for drinking.
Ingredients: Half an organic cucumber, a generous slice of ginger, an organic apple and 2 organic carrots plus distilled water.
Mix and blend for about 3 minutes.
Why use organic? Purely as a preventative as so many pesticides are resident in our non- organic fruits and vegetables.
Recent studies suggested that the increase in dangerous pesticides have an adverse effect on physical and mental health. Far more cases of autism found in children. More and more adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Apparently the pesticides also kill off so many natural minerals and vitamins that people are no longer able to make serotonin to balance their moods.
This is also why so many supermarkets that have ready- made meals fill them with salt and sugar. Because the natural ingredients have become pretty tasteless.
The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in your blood sugar. That old adage, ''An apple a day keeps the doctor away'', may have some back up from the scientific community.
Flavonoids in apples can inhibit enzymes such alpha-glucosidase and alpha-amylase. As these enzymes are involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, your blood sugar has fewer simple sugars to cope with when these enzymes are inhibited.
The polyphenols in apple decrease the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract; to stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin; and to increase uptake of glucose from the blood via stimulation of insulin receptors. All this triggered by apple polyphenols makes it easier to regulate your blood sugar.
Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Personally I love the flavour it adds to some juices.
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds may explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Two clinical studies involving patients doctors found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscular discomfort experienced some pain relief and/or less swelling.
If you have too much internal heat or acid, you will respond well to the anti inflammatory effects of ginger. As always use organic root ginger and fresh.
Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of the pantothenic acid. They also provide copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. And for those of you who wish for stronger nails, they contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica.
Cucumbers have mild diuretic property, which perhaps attributed to their free-water, and potassium and low sodium content. This helps in checking weight gain and high blood pressure.
They surprisingly have a high amount of vitamin K. Vitamin-K has been found to have a potential role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic (bone mass building) activity. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
Cucumbers ‘cool’ down the body system. As a cooling plant they are perfect during the summer and again for people who wish to have less inflammation as ‘heat’ causes inflammation.
they are a very good source of biotin, vitamin K, dietary fiber, molybdenum, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They are a good source of manganese, niacin, vitamin B1, panthothenic acid, phosphorus, folate, copper, vitamin E, and vitamin B2
Sweet carrots are notably rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. They provide only 41 calories per 100 g, negligible amount of fat and no cholesterol
Studies have found that flavonoid compounds in carrots may offer protection from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers
Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidants that help protect the body from harmful oxygen-free radical damage. They are rich in many B-complex vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc. Vitamin B's can help balance hormones and adrenal glands. Vitamin B complex act as co-factors to enzymes during metabolism in the body
(C) Alexandra P. Brown