Why I Juice (And Why You Should Too!)

My neighbours totally hate me. Every day, they’re subjected to a shrill whirring that not even a heavy kitchen door can muffle. This irritating noise is preceded by the sounds of chopping and grating, with the occasional ‘ouch!’ when I over-enthusiastically slice my finger.

They probably think I’m wielding a drill and making major home improvements. Nope, not into that. So what am I actually doing? Well, I’m juicing.

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It’s actually more like blending, as I’m still consuming the entire fruit or vegetable. But whatever, juicing sounds cooler.

Anyway. I can honestly say that I had never even considered juicing until around three years ago, when I developed severe cystic acne. I’m not exaggerating when I say I tried everything under the sun to get rid of it (do you guys want a blog post on that?) and found that while blending my favourite fruits and veggies didn’t completely solve the problem, it did give my skin a healthy glow and made me feel amazing!

I could keep the many benefits of juicing to myself, but where’s the fun in that? Read on to discover why I’m still revving up my blender almost daily, even three years later!

Why Should I Juice?

Wait, these pretty photographs of colourful citrus fruits haven’t convinced you? You want cold hard facts? Fine, fine…

Perhaps the biggest benefit of juicing is just how many fruits and vegetables you’ll end up eating during a typical day, without even having to think about it. I mean, would you sit down and munch your way through a bowl of kale, spinach, beetroot and celery? I know I wouldn’t. Blending them into a glass of juice makes getting your five a day (or ten, if you’re me!) way less intimidating. Try upping the nutrition factor by adding chia seeds, flax seeds and spirulina powder and you’ll be well on your way to optimal health!

It can be difficult to eat a wide range of plants on a regular basis, especially if you’re not much of a cook. You could be missing out on essential nutrients without even knowing! Juicing makes it easy to hit those nutritional guidelines, and if you start looking into the health benefits of particular fruits and vegetables it becomes a fun game to include as many as possible for maximum health. Or am I just a juice nerd?

Juicing alone may not have been able to cure my cystic acne all those years ago, but it’s amazing at getting rid of those annoying surface-level pimples that pop up every month. I find green juices and beetroot juices in particular make my skin glow, and drinking one each day gives me an even, blemish-free skin tone. Skip the expensive skin products and get blending!

What Should I Juice?

Honestly, you could throw any type of fruit or vegetable into your blender and benefit from its own unique combination of nutrients. But some are better than others! I’ve narrowed it down to six of my favourite ingredients – add these to your daily juice and prepare to reap the benefits.

Kale

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Kale really is a nutritional powerhouse. If you look at it on a per-calorie basis, it has more iron than beef! I went through a stage of being fairly low on iron, so I started adding more kale to my diet. Now my energy levels are so much better!

Due to its high levels of vitamin K and antioxidants, kale can help protect you against a range of different cancers and also plays a role in keeping your liver healthy. All this from a little green leaf? Count me in.

Parsley

I love parsley. It contains so much chlorophyll that it literally freshens you up from the inside out, and even helps to neutralise stinky breath!

If you don’t want to shell out money for expensive wrinkle creams, you’re in luck – parsley is chock-full of vitamin A which helps to fight the signs of skin ageing. Along with your youthful skin you’ll also be able to enjoy a flat stomach, as this little green herb can assist in the digestion process and reduce any bloating. Plus, it tastes delicious!

Beetroot

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For the longest time, I absolutely hated beetroot. I thought the flavour was way too overpowering and it just grossed me out. But one day in the vegetable aisle of my local supermarket, I had an epiphany. All this time, I’d been eating pickled beetroot. I’d never actually tried the fresh, untampered version. So I bought a bunch, and my views on this purple root completely changed.

Another great source of iron, beetroot is thought to lower your blood pressure and decrease your chance of developing dementia. I like to combine it with citrus fruits to create a vibrant pink juice with a deliciously tangy flavour.

Spinach

You guys, I think Popeye was onto something.

Spinach is a pretty unassuming vegetable, so you could be forgiven for writing it off as just another salad leaf. But if you’re looking for a great plant-based source of protein, just turn to the humble spinach. It’s great for boosting your metabolism and ensuring that your body is functioning at its optimal level, so it’s perfect for athletes and health freaks alike.

Spinach is also really easy to grow yourself and is hardy enough to withstand the colder winter months. Is there anything this little plant can’t do?

Lemon

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As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’ve been drinking a mug of hot water with fresh lemon juice every morning and have really noticed a difference. My head feels clear, my digestion is great and I have so much energy! I’ve also started peeling them and adding them to juices, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Remember how your mum would say, ‘let’s get some vitamin C in you!’ whenever you were looking a bit sniffly? She wasn’t wrong. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is reported to help prevent the common cold. It can assist in preventing wrinkles, so combine lemons with parsley for the ultimate beauty juice!

If you suffer from calcium kidney stones, you need to add lemon to your diet. This little yellow fruit is full of citric acid which is great at dissolving calcium. Try adding half a cup of lemon juice to your morning smoothie – it contains the same amount of citric acid that you’d be prescribed by a doctor to cure those pesky stones.

Ginger

This spicy root adds a kick to any juice, especially combined with lemon and turmeric. But it also comes with some pretty amazing health benefits!

Ginger is great at soothing inflammation and easing the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps, and has even been shown to lower cholesterol levels! It’s also a life-saver if you’re feeling nauseous – a mug of ginger tea will have you feeling better in no time.

Still sceptical? Crack open a history book! Ginger has been used to treat ailments for over 4,700 years – if it was good enough for the Romans, it’s good enough for me!

Recipes

I’m actually way more into vegetable juices than fruit juices at the moment. This will probably change during the warmer months, but right now I’m enjoying huge green smoothies and beetroot juices almost every day.

See below for three delicious, nutrient-rich combinations that I’m completely obsessed with!

Green Detox

  • Large handful of spinach
  • Large handful of kale
  • Small thumb of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • One lemon, peeled and chopped
  • One third of a cucumber, chopped (don’t peel it!)
  • Small handful of mint leaves
  • One tablespoon of fresh parsley
  • One heaped tablespoon of spirulina powder
  • 500ml water

Beetroot Beauty

  • 1-2 beetroots, peeled and chopped
  • Two blood oranges
  • Two sticks of celery
  • Small thumb of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • One lemon, peeled and chopped
  • 500ml water

Orange Tonic

  • 2-3 blood oranges
  • Two carrots, peeled and julienned
  • Small thumb of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • One lemon, peeled and chopped
  • Half a teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 500ml water

You don’t need to have a big fancy juicer in your kitchen (I use an inexpensive NutriBullet and I love it!) but it helps to have access to a variety of high-quality fruits and vegetables, something that can be difficult for many people. My advice is to see whether you can buy the more expensive varieties from the frozen section of your supermarket – it often works out cheaper that way and creates deliciously thick, creamy smoothies. Also, don’t be scared of sticking to the basics – as you can see, I love a good base of lemon and ginger. You’ll still be consuming way more nutrients than you would otherwise, so use what’s available to you and don’t bankrupt yourself trying to source out of season tropical fruits in the middle of a London winter!

Juice Cleanses

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If you’re saner than I am, you might be asking yourself, ‘what the heck is a juice cleanse?’ Basically, it’s when you attempt to live solely off fresh juices for a set amount of days. Yes, you read that right. No pizza, no burgers, no burritos. It’s promoted all over Instagram as a great detox for your body, and will supposedly leave you glowing and full of energy.

Yeah, right! I’ll be honest: I’ve tried two juice cleanses in my life. I’m not proud of it. Maybe I wasn’t doing it right (I drank six large juices a day) but both times I ended up feeling so sick and weak that I only lasted two days. It just didn’t agree with me.

I personally feel my best when I eat a whole foods, plant-based diet and incorporate fresh juices alongside my healthy meals. I totally get the appeal of ‘giving your body a break’, but my body just doesn’t need it. Sure, you might lose some weight if you manage to last longer than I did, but you’re just going to gain it all back when you start eating again. Skip the juice cleanse and focus on adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet instead!

Have I managed to convince you to dust off your blender and start annoying your neighbours? Trust me, you’ll be hooked from the first sip. I take no responsibility for any angry letters or eviction notices that may come your way.

Just kidding. Happy juicing!

 

13 thoughts on “Why I Juice (And Why You Should Too!)

    1. Oh wow, now that you mention it they have been sensitive lately! Do you have any tips to prevent it? I really don’t want to give up my morning lemon drink haha. And thank you for the sweet comment!

      1. No but if they are I would stop because the acid will be wearing away enamel 😧 get a toothpaste for sensitive teeth if there’s any vegan ones!! xx

  1. I have been considering juicing for a while now, I’ve been reading articles and blogs about it. Been wanting to try it since I have a lot of friends who’s already doing it. But I’m scared that it wouldn’t taste as good as it looks. I will try your recipe- I will try to make the orange tonic. Thank you for sharing your recipe. You somewhat managed to convince me juicing.

    1. I’ve just read your comment, it was sent to my spam folder for some reason! Have you tried the orange tonic? I think you’ll like it! Thanks so much for reading, and for taking the time to leave such a nice comment!

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