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Month: August 2017
Cleanse your system the fun way The words cleanse and detox often cause strong, guarded reactions. The idea of deprivation or consuming bizarre foods you can’t even pronounce is simply not appealing to most. But before you turn and run… truth bomb: you don’t have to […]
Why beet juice: The benefits of beets
I’ve never been particularly fond of beets. I think they taste like dirt. But I’m doing a liver cleanse and protocol after protocol calls for beet juice or incorporating beets into your diet in some way shape or form. So I gave them a go, because the health benefits are impossible to ignore.
Beets combat inflammation, aid in detoxification – which is why they’re so good for liver detoxification – and even contain some brain-boosting powers. They are also full of antioxidants and folate, as well as carotenoids. As for vitamins and minerals, 1 cup contains a solid amount of potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, and some phosphorus, vitamins B6 and C, and iron, and nearly 3 grams of protein to boot.
They contain a unique form of phytonutrients called betalains, which give beets their red color. More importantly, they support Phase 2 of the liver detoxification process involving glutathione, an amino acid essential for the secretion of toxins. This phase neutralizes toxins, and the betalains trigger this process.
Studies have also found evidence that the betalains can diminish tumor cell growth. These results were found in tumor cells from breast, colon, lung, nerve, prostate, stomach and testicular tissue. Due to these encouraging results, researchers are examining the benefits of these compounds for both cancer treatment and prevention. Personally I’ll take this as evidence that I should try to like beets!
Although beets are high in sugar, the health benefits they add are substantial enough to override the impact of sugars, even when juicing. The betalains are highly sensitive to heat and undergo a steady loss from food as cooking time increases. So the more raw beets you can get into your diet the better. And juicing is one great way to get more raw veg in your life!
Bonus boosters: Carrot, ginger and celery
Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, an aids in digestion and elimination, which is an essential component of a good detox. Celery is also loaded with fiber and antioxidants, and supports the kidneys as well as, of course, the liver. Carrots are chock-full of carotenoids, which also support liver detoxification.
When I was going through the diagnostic process I did lots of research that suggested carrot juice was the way to kick cancer, so I started juicing it every day in vast quantities. I did not turn orange, but by the time I started treatment, my system was thoroughly cleansed and detoxed. People remarked that my skin looked better than ever, and that I seemed very healthy.
I’m posting a carrot-ginger juice soon where I’ll dive into the benefits of carrot juicing. Without further ado, here’s the Beet Carrot Ginger Juice Recipe!
Beet Carrot Ginger Juice
A liver detoxifier with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits
- 1 beet
- 4-6 carrots depending on size and taste preference
- 1 in piece of ginger
- 3-5 celery sticks depending on size and taste preference
Thoroughly clean ingredients. Chop off rough ends.
Place in juicer, stir to blend.
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Hello my friends! Happy weekend! So lately I’ve been working on updates and technical things (that are a bit beyond me) and for some of these techy reasons I have relocated my blog. You’ll find it at the same url: thisartcalledlife.com but if you’ve followed it via wordpress.com (and if you have, THANK YOU!!) you might not receive notifications of new posts unless you re-follow it now. I think there’s a way for me to get it sorted but I’m still working on figuring that out… I don’t think what they told me to do worked lol! I greatly appreciate your support and hope to see you at the new and improved blog 2.0!
Cheers! Amanda xx
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