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Juice your way to good health

Ingredients to ward off five common health complaints

Over the last decade juicing has grown in popularity as a quick way to mainline nutrients and cleanse the system and for the health-savvy but time poor. The trend for juicing has branched much further than the juice bars of L.A. to be served in your local café.  When nutritionists wax lyrical about juice, they are unlikely to be talking about Sunny D. In health food circles, juicing is synonymous with cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice. This type of juice differs because it is made with a hydraulic press to extract the maximum amount of liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables, without loss of nutrients.

Aylin Erman, nutritionist and founder of cold pressed juice company Jus Detox Life, became interested in the benefits of juicing ten years ago. Erman says: “I started interning for celebrity nutritionist Natalia Rose, who pioneered the detox lifestyle movement in NYC at the time. She turned me onto green juices, and they changed my life. Having just one juice per day led to other positive dietary habits. After years of practicing a plant-based diet with juicing at its core, I felt and looked like a different person. love how it is becoming the Starbucks of healthy living.”

Erman believes there is a juice for every common ailment, from fatigue to a nasty cold, and shares her tips for juices you can make in a blender at home.  

Combat the common cold 
Add lemon and ginger to a green juice, such as a kale or spinach-based juice. Lemon has an antiseptic quality that helps to fight off the cold virus and ginger helps stimulate perspiration, which cleanses the system and brings down the body temperature. Ginger also kills rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place.
 
Fight fatigue 
Many of us maintain a relentless schedule and it’s easy to become fatigued. If that sounds familiar, a combination of pineapple and ginger give you a much-needed energy boost.
Pineapples are a good source of iron, which is vital for maintaining energy levels and concentration. It also has a high-water content, which helps your body to transport nutrients and carries waste away, and protects you against dehydration, which can cause fatigue.

Ginger is great for boosting your immune system. It also improves blood circulation and blood sugar levels, which can reduce tiredness.

Ditch dry skin 
Juices with cucumber, aloe, and root vegetables really help to moisturiser and improve skin tone.
The flesh of cucumbers is mainly water and also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help to soothe the skin.

Aloe leaves contain a whole range of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E, all of which help to improve skin health and keep skin hydrated.  

Root vegetables, such as radishes, carrots and beetroot are rich in skin-saving nutrients vitamin A and C, magnesium and potassium fibre, which keep skin hydrated and supports the growth of new skin cells.

Beat the bloat 
If you’re feeling sluggish and bloated, the ingredients you want in your blender are celery, fennel, pineapple and parsley. Celery and fennel act as diuretics, which help you to flush out the excess water you're retaining. Pineapple is high in bromelain, an enzyme which helps digestion. Parsley also aids digestion and stimulates the kidneys, helping to eliminate toxins in the body.

Trendier still, you could try an activated-charcoal infused juice. This can really make a difference when it comes to general detoxing and metabolism boosting.

Soothe a sore throat 
When I have a sore throat there’s one ingredient I know I can rely upon. It’s got to be ginger, ginger, ginger! The spicy soother helps to flush out toxins from the body and boosts your blood circulation. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties also help to kill off bad bacteria.