The weekend can really take a toll on our bodies. If its traditionally active, there might be a Saturday cocktail party with canapes and drinks galore, only to match that against Sunday lunch with all the family. By Monday morning, the overage in calories can have you feeling sluggish. Usually when the top of the week hits, I try to start my morning with a cool detoxifying breakfast juice. This one is packed full of delicious nutrient dense foods:
Beets are absolutely packed with a uniquely wide range of antioxidants. These potent antioxidants such as betalains, vitamin C, and manganese fight the effects of oxidative stress. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organisms by the constant production of free radicals in the normal course of metabolism plus whatever other pressures the environment brings to bear (natural and artificial radiation, toxins in air, food and water; and miscellaneous sources of oxidizing activity, such as tobacco smoke).” Oxidative stress has been linked to many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Beets help prevent chronic inflammation by inhibiting the molecules that send pro-inflammatory messages throughout the body. Inflammation is also linked to many diseases including atherosclerosis and heart disease. The betalains in beets are also very beneficial as a detox, getting rid of unwanted toxins in the body.
The apple is always related to a popular belief that eating one a day can prevent visits to the doctor, and for good reason. They are packed with flavonoid antioxidants, which may help prevent cancer. Apples are a great source of fiber, which is known to lower levels of LDL cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The polyphenols in apples help slow down the digestion of carbs, and breaks them down into simple sugars, which puts less sugar load in the blood stream. This means that apples lower blood sugar levels.
Carrots are one of the highest sources of vitamin A, which may reduce death rate from measles, prevent certain types of cancers, and boost the immune system. They are a good source of vitamin C, which has been known for generations as a potent immune booster and antioxidant. Vitamin B6 is essential for the production of serotonin, which helps stabilise the mood and sleep patterns. Vitamin B6 also helps with metabolism and strengthens the immune system.BEETROOT, APPLE AND MINT JUICE
1 small beetroot
Couple of sprigs of mint
Juice all the ingredients together. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
What are you favourite beetroot juice recipes ? Share them here - I always love to try new combinations.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!