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How Juicing Can Help Prevent You from Getting Sick

Posted on 17 April 2015

            Often, we don’t get necessary nutrients from what we eat. Maybe it’s because we eat out too often, or you don’t like to eat certain fruits and veggies. Some people have a difficult time consuming the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables within a day. Putting those fruits and vegetables that you dislike in a mixer with fruits and veggies that you love can help give your body a boost and prevent you from getting sick.

            Fruits and vegetables are high in minerals, vitamins and beneficial nutrients that can help improve your immune system. If there are any that you don’t like, you may be missing out on some key nutrition.

            For example, carrots are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. One small carrot can supply about 300 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A to your body. Vitamin A is important for your immune system because it helps your body fight infections, while also boosting the activity of white blood cells, which protect your body from infectious diseases.

            Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and limes all contain a great amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is necessary to maintain healthy connective tissue, which gives support and structure for other tissues and organs such as bones, blood vessels, and skin. Providing sufficient amounts of vitamin C will also help your body repair wounds more efficiently, whether it’s broken bones of a cut in the skin. A deficiency in vitamin C can also prevent your body from fighting infections properly.

            Kale is an awesome green that can be served as a steamed or stir-fried side dish, or it can also be added into your juice for an added boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Specifically, kale offers a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, copper, and iron. Kale is pretty much a “super-veggie” for your immune system. It can help lower the risk of cancer, lower your blood pressure, improve bone health, and even lower the risk of developing asthma. Kale is low in calorie content but high in natural protein. So, try replacing spinach with kale. You’ll be surprised by how much you like it! Not to mention it hardly adds any flavor to juice, so in case you don’t like the flavor, it won’t bother you much.

            There is often a debate about whether tomato is a vegetable or a fruit. Regardless, it is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium. They are also high in lycopene content which is good for your skin. Lycopene is often used in high end facial cleansers, however, for a cheaper alternative, you can slice tomatoes and place it on your skin to leave your face clean and shiny.

            For those of you that are more into fruits, don’t worry… strawberries and mangoes are also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

            This list barely skims the top of all the fruits and veggies that are yummy in juice form. Juicing is one of the tastier ways to stay healthy and boost your immune system.

  

Erika Alexandra

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