5 Foods You Need To Be Juicing At Home
Juicer: check. Large Mason jar to put your fresh juice in: check. Ecofriendly kitchen towel to clean up the mess you’ll inevitably make juicing: check. Now, what the heck do you put in your juice? Today we’re sharing our top five foods that we love putting in our juices for their never ending health benefits. If you’re just getting started, we recommend throwing in one of these super foods into your juice to make it go the extra mile. Don’t worry, you don’t have to add them all in at once—although it certainly wouldn’t hurt!
1. Cucumber. It’s hard to believe that only a decade ago, cucumbers were really only used as a low-calorie snack for yo-yo dieters or as a puffy-eye remedy at high-end spas. Now we know that cucumbers are a powerhouse food that have so much more to offer. For one, they are super hydrating at a composition of 95% water—and hydration is needed for everything from a healthy metabolism to proper brain function and increased energy levels. This neutral tasting vegetable is also very nutrient dense: it contains high levels of vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin C, copper, potassium and manganese. Just be sure to choose organic—look for the sticker number that starts with a 9—to avoid pesticides, herbicides and chemicals.
2. Pineapple. Not only does pineapple add a deliciously tropical sweetness to any juice, it’s also chockfull of nutrients. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which is needed for the uptake of collagen (hello, beautiful skin and hair) and a healthy immune system. It also contains a digestive enzyme known as bromelain, which helps to break down protein, improve gut health and has anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Kale. Will we ever be done with the kale fad? Probably not: kale is easy to grow, cheap to buy and provides endless health benefits. Kale is loaded with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C —all of which help to reduce oxidative stress in the body and provide anti-aging benefits. It also contains high amounts of iron, which is needed to transport oxygen in the blood stream and vitamin K, which is required for proper blood clotting. And unlike other leafy greens, kale does not contain a high amount of oxalates, making it safe to consume raw on a daily basis for individuals worried about kidney stones.
4. Lemon. This alkaline-promoting fruit contains twice the RDA for vitamin C, as well as antioxidants vitamin A and E, which all work together to lower the risk of cancer and boost the immune system by stimulating white cell production. Lemons are also great for digestion, because the acid encourages the production of bile, which is needed to break down and digest fat. Surprisingly, lemons can also help to reduce symptoms of arthritis and improve bone health, due to its calcium and magnesium content. Finally, lemons help the body naturally detoxify by flushing out toxins through its diuretic properties.
5. Ginger. This rhizome has long been used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is what makes ginger so effective in eliminating nausea (especially morning sickness), improving digestion, and alleviating gas and bloating. Ginger’s anti-bacterial properties have been well studied: a 2011 study found that ginger could better fight off infection of staphylococcus and streptococcus in comparison to three major antibiotics.
-Simple Sciences Juices is an organic juice bar with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. We aim to provide the highest quality organic cold pressed juices along with gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo foods.-