If you’re not crazy about fruits and veggies, juicing is a painless way to get in those recommended daily servings. It allows you to mix and match your favorite raw fruit and veggie combinations without losing the nutrient density by cooking. Plus, you can preserve the fiber content by adding some of the pulp back into the juice or use it for cooking (there are lots of great recipes). For example, adding veggie pulp to spaghetti sauce gives it a nutrient boost (and your kids will never know the difference). Making fresh juice is great for digestion, energy, weight loss, immunity, cleansing, and overall health but my favorite benefit is how great it makes your skin look and feel!
Most people forget that our skin is the largest organ of our body and that one of its functions is to help excrete waste through sweating. When you indulge in a lot of junky, greasy, processed foods, it shows in your complexion which serves as a good indicator of your overall health. Making your own fresh juice can give your skin the nutrition it needs for a healthy glow that begins on the inside and radiates out. This is not a quick fix, one-and-done technique – it’s a healthy habit that, if done with consistency, can keep you looking your best for a lifetime.
How It Works
Juicing is a popular cleansing technique. The purpose of juice cleansing is to purge the liver and colon of toxins that accumulate within the body from the environment, processed foods, and sugary, carbonated, flavored drinks. When the digestive system is overloaded with toxins, it sends the excess toxins to the skin to be stored or expelled through the pores – causing skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, liver spots, discoloration, rashes, dryness, dullness, and loss of elasticity. Juice cleansing helps resolve these skin conditions by cleaning the liver and giving the skin the nourishment it needs.
How It’s Done
You can incorporate juicing a few times a week for gradual benefits, make it a part of your daily routine, or perform a juice fast to kick-start your new, healthy juice lifestyle. If your diet generally includes a lot of processed foods, jumping into a juice fast can cause some unpleasant side effects such as headaches, rashes, and fatigue. However, if you start slowly, you can minimize these negative effects. Be sure to incorporate other important healthy habits such as staying hydrated, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and eating a balanced diet for a holistic approach to skin health.
How It’s Made
For best results, use a variety of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins A, B, and C for your juice blends. Better yet, visit a juice bar and browse the range of delicious recipes the pros use. Here are a few choices that are great for making juice your skin will love:
- Carrots contain antioxidants that fight inflammation and preserve collagen.
- Apples contain phytonutrients that rejuvenate the liver and hasten detoxification.
- Beets aids in liver cleansing and regeneration.
- Kale has one of the highest nutrient densities of any plant.
- Pineapple is a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Lemon juice alkalizes and is packed with vitamin C.
- Celery cleanses, alkalizes, and detoxes the body – great for healthy nails and hair.
- Cucumber hydrates, alkalizes, and eliminates toxins – reduces inflammation, makes skin soft, and strengthens hair and nails.