Juicing (in my opinion) is the best and easiest method to get the most amount of nutrients into your body. Since I started juicing at least 3 times per week, I’ve experienced a lot of health benefits. Since we are in the middle of this summer, I want to share my most favorite (fresh) juice recipe; a simple yet powerful carrot-ginger juice that will help you, not only fight inflammation and chronic pain, but also give you a great boost of energy.
Now, a little info on the benefits of ginger in relation to inflammation and chronic pain
- Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce arthritis pain. There has been many studies showing a link between ginger and a reduction in inflammation, here is one that shows how ginger extract can significantly reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Ginger boosts your immune system and helps the body detox from toxins. This is huge for anyone experiencing inflammation since cleansing helps the body focus its energy on fighting the inflammation.
- Ginger improves digestion and proper absorption of nutrients. A lot of time, our food does not get digested properly, and this cause nutrient deficiencies (imagine eating a lot of the “healthy” stuff but you are only getting half of the nutrients in the food itself, the rest becomes waste since it has not been absorbed properly). Consuming ginger helps regulate digestion and improves absorption of nutrients (the nutrients you need to recover, fight inflammation and regenerate your joints and bones).
Ginger has also so many natural anti-fungal, anti-bacteria properties, and can enhance the immune system. If you are more interested in learning about the power of ginger to kill bacteria, you can read more about it in this research paper by the Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobial
In this recipe, the main ingredient is carrots. Lots of carrots. By lots I mean 4-6 medium-sized carrots. Don’t worry, you won’t turn orange haha. You are just going to flush your body with a generous dose of Vitamin A and alkaline properties that purify and energize the blood.
Carrot is rich in beta-carotene (that turns into Vitamin A). A very powerful antioxidant. It not only improves your sight but also boosts your immune system, strengthen your bones and helps prevents degeneration. In addition to all the – bonus – hair and skin benefits.
Now, I briefly want to introduce the two types of juicers, if you are looking to invest in one. If you already have a juicer, you can skip this part right to the recipe!
How to pick up the right juicer
If you are in the market for a juicer, you are going to encounter two types of juicers:
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- Centrifugal juicer: The most common ones in the market. They are affordable and usually don’t require a lot of time to clean. Expect to spend between $50-$250 for a decent centrifugal juicer.
- Masticating juicer: these are different from centrifugal juicers as they slowly squeeze the foods to preserve as much nutrients as possible. There is a lot of debate going on about masticating juicers and their ability to provide better tasting juice that contains all the enzymes and nutrients in the produce (cold, slow juicing vs speedy). They tend to be pricier than centrifugal juicers so expect to spend more than $200 for a decent, good quality masticating juicer.
My favorite centrifugal juicers:
The Hamilton Beach, Big Mouth Juicer($50): The first juicer I bought and I still use it. It is a cheaper option if you are looking to make some fresh juice without breaking the bank. This juicer is super easy to clean. I usually put a plastic bag in the plastic container (left of the picture) so all I have to do is take it out with the leftover garbage inside of it. Cleaning this juicer has been easy so far.
Breville Juice Fountain Juicer ($152): Another good quality option, if you want to spend extra for a better quality juicer.
Best masticating juicers:
Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer ($280)
SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer ($307)
Anti-inflammatory ginger-carrot juice recipe
- 1 tsp of fresh ginger: the slice size depends on how much ginger you want.
- 4-6 medium-sized carrots (buy organic whenever you can)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2-3 celery stalks (optional)
- 1 Apple
- 1/2 lemon
- You can peel or peel the skin off the apple. Slide it in half and remove the seeds.
- Trim the top of the carrots
- Proceed to juice your ingredients
- If you are storing your juice, make sure you are using a glass or stainless steel container. Fill up the container all the way to the top to remove any air.
- Always store in a dark place to prevent nutrient loss
- If you are missing an ingredient in this recipe, you can skip it and make your juice regardless. There is no right or wrong way of making vegetable juice.
- Depending on how much ginger you use, you may feel a strong taste to the juice. If you are not used to ginger, you can reduce the quantity, or add an extra 1/2 apple to add sweetness to the juice.
- You can also substitute the apple with an orange which adds more sweetness to the juice.
I hope this post inspires you to find out more about juicing and its health benefits. Below is a related post for a similar smoothie recipe!
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