If outer beauty starts on the inside (and it certainly does), one of the most beneficial changes we can make to our health routine is including fresh, organic juices in our diet.
Cold-pressed juice is the result of fruits, vegetables and herbs being run through a high power machine to separate the very highly nutrient dense juice from the fibrous pulp content of the produce. Since the resulting juice contains most of the vitamins and minerals from the solid food, it’s an easy way to get a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet and to reap the health benefits of them. It generally takes a fairly large amount of produce (depending) to yield several cups, so you can expect to pack nutrients from 6 carrots, half a pineapple and a lemon for example, into 2 servings of juice . In addition to being phytonutrient dense, cold-pressed juice is also very easy for the body to digest and metabolize. This is a main reason juice cleanses are so popular and talked about to be a powerful detox for the body. You can read more about my experience with cleansing here, if you’ve ever been curious to try one yourself.
While I love food too much to include full juice cleanses as a part of my regular routine, I often mix a homemade fresh juice into my morning or afternoon to give my body a super dose of nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer at home, try looking for cold-pressed juices at your local grocery store or from a juice bar. If you find yourself loving them as much as I do, I recommend investing in a juicer for home. Since becoming much more popular over the last several years prices have come down, and you can buy a good quality juicer for about $100 from most department stores, and skip the Vitamix as a beginner. While the benefits of juicing go way beyond skin deep- reducing cholesterol, improving circulation, flooding the body with anti-oxidants, improving digestion etc, below are a few concoctions to try to enhance your outer beauty at the same time (which never hurts!)
Orange fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of beta-carotene (giving them their orange colour) which is turned into Vitamin A (retinol) in the body. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant and when consumed as part of a regular diet, improves skin’s colour and texture. It also contains anti-aging properties, reducing signs of aging and wrinkles. This recipe contains both carrots and sweet potatoes; Yes you can juice sweet potatoes, they’re delicious! Green apple give this recipe the right amount of tang to balance the root vegetables. High in Vitamin C, they also improve skin’s tone and brightness. I love adding ginger to carrot based juices to give a little spice to it’s earthiness and keep the immune system high.
Approximately 6-7 large carrots, 1 sweet potato, 2 green apples and ginger to taste, will make 2 servings of juice.
This juice combines the beauty benefits of beta-carotene in carrots, with anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple and the cleansing aid of lemon for a well balanced juice. I added mint for a fresh, herbal taste. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in many anti-aging products since it’s antioxidant properties reduce signs of aging, wrinkles, acne and aids in cell regeneration. Both pineapples and lemons (especially) contain high contents of Vitamin C. Pineapples also contain bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory, also known to soften skin.
6-7 carrots, half a pineapple, 1 lemon, 10 leaves of mint or to taste, will make two servings of juice.
Containing up to 95% water, cucumbers are an excellent hydrator for skin and contain compounds that reduce water retention. They are also an excellent source of silica, a connective tissue supplement that is known for building beautiful skin, hair and nails. As mentioned before, pineapple and lemon both containing high concentration of Vitamin C, beneficial for beauty in so many ways. This juice is light and refreshing, it reminds me of a beach vacation and would mix amazing with vodka or gin as a bonus 😉
1 cucumber, half a pineapple, 1 lemon with make 2 servings of juice.