Detox your skin
Yes dietary fiber is good for your heart and waistline (women should aim to get 25 grams per day) and yes the act of juicing does remove most of the beneficial fiber out of vegetables and fruit because it squeezes out the fibrous pulp. But in a carb crazed nation, I think, most people get enough fiber from grains.
Juicing is an easy way to supercharge your health – and plump up your skin – in one fell swoop. While blending fruits with skim milk is usually my preferred method, I like to juice once in a while because it allows me to consume more heartier vegetables like beets, carrots, and celery. Fruit smoothies taste great, but Nature’s candy is still sugar, and too much sugar regardless of its form can lead to inflammatory skin conditions like acne.
Vegetables is where its at, in terms of improving skin health: A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition examined the diets of 453 adults living in Sweden, Greece and Australia. After researchers adjusted for factors such as age and smoking, they found that people who ate higher amounts of vegetables, fish, olive oil, and legumes were less prone to skin damage and wrinkling than those who ate a lot of meat, butter, margarine, high-fat dairy, and sugary foods and soft drinks.
I recently got the chance to meet holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health.ca, her nutritional consulting site where every January she offers a popular 10-day detox program that is packed with non-boring recipes to keep you on track. According to McCarthy (whose dewy, unlined complexion belies her real age), “Juicing is a fantastic way to get a megawatt dose of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes in one cup. This benefits your skin at a cellular level because in simplest terms, the more good stuff you take in, the better your skin will look. I personally found that my skin glowed more. Certain nutrients actually increase your skin’s glow because they naturally increase the oil in your sebaceous glands. Using plenty of greens in your juice is particularly beneficial for your skin because it helps to cleanse and detoxify your liver. A clean liver is directly reflected on your skin and juicing is a simple way to get a maximum dose of chlorophyll as well, a blood cleanser.”
I asked McCarthy what she thought of my favourite juicing combo: Celery + carrots + apples + ginger.
“Love all these ingredients. Not only is it immune boosting from the beta-carotene, vitamin C and antioxidants, but it’s also very warming with the ginger which is perfect this time of year! Ginger is also very anti-inflammatory and soothing to the tummy,” she said.
8 stalks of celery
1 bag of carrots
2 red apples
2-inch piece of fresh ginger
Simply place these ingredients into a juicer to make about 1.5 litters of juice. You’ll feel healthier just by looking at it. Glug, glug, glug…
Do you juice? What are your favourite ingredient combos?