When the weather turns hot, I pull out the old Juiceman II, and spin up some cool and refreshing vegetable juices. I love how juicing deeply nourishes my body and give me a boost.
The veggie juice I make most often is a cleansing and energy enhancing cucumber, beet, carrot, celery, lemon juice. It’s delicious!
Cucumber is the base of most of my veggie juices. It’s mostly water, so it adds volume, but it also supplies electrolytes to restore hydration. Cucumber juice contains soluble fiber for digestive health, strengthens your hair and nails, and reduces inflammation.
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Beetroot juice from red beets is well known as a potent detoxifier and liver cleanser. The dark red color tells you it’s chock full of antioxidants. But beet juice does so much more! Beet juice improves blood flow, giving you more energy. Studies have also shown it to be a great addition to your workout, as it helps balance oxygen use and increases stamina. Got high blood pressure? Drinking beet juice has shown clear reductions in blood pressure. When juicing beets, start with ¼ of a beet, and work your way up to a whole beet.
Known for its beta-carotene that the body converts to vitamin A, carrot juice is a great addition to any vegetable juice. Vitamin A cleanses the liver by reducing bile and fat. The pectin in carrots and apples lowers serum LDL “bad” cholesterol. It’s also a wonderful antioxidant, scrubbing those cancer-causing free radicals away. And as a bonus, carrot juice is sweet!
This often forgotten vegetable is stellar when juiced. It increases hot weather tolerance, and is a natural source of electrolytes. A case-control study in China concluded that celery, along with other green vegetables, had a “strong protective effect against colorectal cancer.” Celery juice can also be an effective cure for migraines. (If you are using a centrifugal juicer, put the celery in last.)
Juicing a lemon, skin and all, enables you to derive the full benefits of this citrus fruit. Lemons have antiviral, antimicrobial and immunity-boosting powers, and it adds a fresh citrus note to your juice.
This juice is the perfect workout companion, giving you needed fluids, electrolytes and stamina. It also cleanses your liver, boosts your immunity and fights free radicals.