Juicing to help stay young

Juices provide not only vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and amino acids, they are also rich in enzymes. These enzymes help with digestion and absorption of nutrients which tends to become less efficient as we age. Juices also help rid your body of toxins, by supporting the health of your liver. This in turn means juicing will give you more energy, increased mental clarity and boost your immunity. The beauty benefits include more youthful skin because juices are packed with antioxidants to fight off the free radicals that cause aging.  Also juices are hydrating helping to keep your skin soft and radiant. By removing toxins they may even help with cellulite. Here are my top fruit and vegetables to juice and just some of their benefits.

Apples - apples are in the 'Dirty dozen' list of foods that you should buy organic. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ Apples are packed with antioxidants which protect you from the aging free radicals. They also help protect against the effects of aging on the brain in particular against Alzheimer's.

Strawberries are in season and delicious at the moment.  Try to get organic or unsprayed as they are in the 'Dirty Dozen'.  The antioxidants such as ellagic acid in strawberries help prevent wrinkles by protecting collagen and reducing inflammation. Inflammation underlies many degenerative diseases.

Blueberries - Try to get organic or unsprayed as they are in the 'Dirty Dozen'. Like strawberries they are packed with anthocyanins and both are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. 

Kale helps detox.  It also provides anti-cancer phytochemicals.  

Cabbage contains sulphurous compounds which protect the liver, the organ of detoxification and encourage elimination. 

Carrots provide carotenoids which support eye health.

Romaine lettuce - use organic or unsprayed as lettuce is in the 'Dirty Dozen' list. This is rich in vitamin C which supports collagen production and immunity.  It also can help reduce homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine are linked to heart disease. Rich in potassium, it helps reduce bloating, cellulite and high blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium.

For more about juicing please see http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/juicing-for-health.html

If you want to see juicing in action please follow the links to the videos on my 'sister' blog's YouTube Channel:-

'An introduction to Juicing' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP00LozZjB0
'Seasonal Juicing-September' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPlWjuidsnY
'Seasonal Juicing-October' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRLx0a_T1r

Stay healthy, stay young
Janet x

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