Juicing! For Healthy Hair, Skin, Nails and Immune System

9.20.2011



I've been getting really close these past few weeks with my juicer. In my previous juicing post some had wondered what juicer I use and in truth it's a very old juicer but gets the job done (check it out here). I may get a new one this Christmas but in the mean time the one I have works just fine so no need to purchase a new one just yet.

 I'm juicing mostly to strengthen my immune system and cleanse my system overall. I also juice to help limit my dependence on supplements. I've always believed that to get all the nutrition we need, it must come for the most part from fresh foods. Supplements are great, but it shouldn;t be your primary source of vitamins minerals etc.  Since most vegetables don't make it into my daily diet as I would like them to ( beets, kale,carrots etc), I instead juice those veggies I'm not too fond of which I find to be a healthy compromise.



Here's what I been juicing and why:

Cucumbers:

  • Contains vitamin C, Potassium & Iron
  • Cucumbers are mostly made up of water & is a mild diuretic promoting frequent urination making it an ideal food for those seeking to gently detox and rid their bodies of heavy toxins.
  • Cucumbers are also rich in silica, a trace mineral essential for strong hair, skin, nails and bones.
  • Applying cucumbers to the skin refreshes and soothes most irritations, while consistently keeping cucumbers in your your diet helps maintain clear skin.

Strawberries:

  • Strawberries are my favorite and when I tend to withdraw from my sugar cravings I grab me some strawberries to help with my urges. Sometimes I dip them in honey too!

  • Strawberries are high in vitamin c helping maintain a strong immune system and is also known to pack free radical fighting antioxidants.
  • Strawberries are also anti inflammatory which benefits those who suffer with arthritis. And like cucumbers, strawberries are essential for maintaining strong connective tissues such as the skin, bones,etc
Carrots:

Carrots and I don't mingle too well, but it somehow always end up in my juices. 

  •  high in Vitamin C, helps promote health eyesight and is also
  • packed with antioxidants which help boost the immune system.
  • Although I may stop juicing them since the sugar levels can be a bit high when juiced. Nonetheless, they taste really good when paired with apples.



As well as juicing, salads as you all may know, has been a staple in at least one of my meals every day for quite sometime now. Raw onions, watercress along with this fabulous avocado makes the round for many of my salads.


I picked this avocado up at a local Caribbean market. Unlike the Haas avocado which is much smaller and creamier this one was twice the size and a bit harder but just as tasty.

Avocados are very nutritious and high in vitamin E, vitamin K, and many more nutrients essential for not only healthy skin but also helps maintain a well balanced diet providing many nutrients in one sitting.


So basically that's my food goal. To maintain a strong immune system while my hair, skin and waist line benefits!
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