Juices For Weight Loss
Juices For Weight Loss
In my last post, "To Juice or Not to Juice," I wrote a bit about the pros and cons of fruit juice. It was noted that homemade juices that combine certain fresh fruits and fresh leafy vegetables can add fat burning vitamins and minerals to your diet, as well as enhance your metabolism. While diet and exercise is still the best way to go, healthy juices can make a good supplement to your diet plan.
One such mix is kale added to your homemade juice. Kale has plenty of B-complex vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fiber. Kale has a bitter and peppery flavor, so fresh strawberries and pineapple are fruits to use because they are sweeter. Almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter can add flavor and provide protein, as well. Baby kale has less bite, and freezing it prior to use will also help to make it less bitter.
A second excellent choice is cucumber juice. Cucumber juice helps to reach the recommended daily amount of vitamin K and build strong bone tissue and nourish kidneys. Cucumber also is important for blood clotting as it activates proteins that trigger blood clotting. Cucumber juice can be enjoyed on its own or used as a base for smoothies. The juice can be blended with frozen melon balls and fresh mint, strawberries and basil, or with an apple and carrots.
Spinach juice is a good source of vitamin A, which helps with night vision, supports thyroid function, and maintains the immune system. Spinach also provides manganese that protects cells from damage. This mineral helps to prevent toxic compounds from damaging DNA and cell membranes. Spinach juice can be blended with other fruit and vegetables juices such as carrot and ginger juices for something spicy or apple and beet juices for something sweet.
There is quite a bit of good in celery juice. It is nutritious and hydrating and equalizes the body's PH. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A and the stems are a great source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C. They are rich in potassium, follic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids. Other benefits of celery juice are that it helps to fight cancer, lowers cholesterol, aids in digestion, is a diuretic, is a anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, and helps to eliminate and prevent urinary and gall bladder stones.
Watermelon juice is another beverage that may aid weight loss and benefit health overall. It has plenty of vitamn C, beta-carotene, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Watermelon is 91% water, and the 6% sugar it contains is a natural sugar that is good for the body. The health benefits of watermelon include diffusing free radicals that can damage tissues and organs, helping to normalize blood pressure, potentially lessening the risk for cardiac arrest, helping to prevent bone loss, helping to reduce the risk of age-related deterioration of eyesight, and reducing the risk for ostreoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and colon cancer.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are provided for informational purposes only. Consult a registered dietician or nutritionist for dietary recommendations based on your individual needs.
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