What began as little more than any other dieting trend is now emerging as a wildly popular solution for health and fitness. Juicing can help you to lose weight, enhance your everyday energy, fight back against chronic diseases, and more.
We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables play an important role in the average diet. However, our busy schedules and constant dependence on processed foods and fast meals has meant that most of us struggle to reach the recommended daily intake.
Fortunately, juicing is a fun and easy way of consuming all the goodness and nutrients that fruits and vegetables can give, without spending too much time in the kitchen. On top of that, they can help you reach many of your natural beauty goals, without spending a penny on lotions or creams!
Let's take a look at just five of the best recipes around for slimmer stomachs, clearer skin, and shiny hair.
1. The All-Green Detox
Before you can start building a beautiful, healthy body, you should be taking steps to remove the toxins, chemicals, and various other products within that could be holding you back. This is what detox juicing is all about. Usually, it relies on you drinking nothing but juice for a couple of days, but it's worth noting that a detox juice can still give you great benefits if consumed alongside your regular diet.
- Half a lime
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 apples
- 3 cups of chopped kale
The best time to drink this juice is at lunch or breakfast. The cucumber and kale will help to revitalize your system, detoxifying while soothing the digestive tract. What's more, apples and cucumber are both natural weight loss foods that can be very effective at banishing unwanted pounds.
2. The Metabolism Mix
A quick metabolism is crucial to weight loss. After all, the faster your metabolism is, the quicker you'll burn through calories and start working away the unwanted inches around your stomach. This metabolism mix is great to drink after a detox for an energy-boosting, metabolism-enhancing addition to your weight loss routine.
Lemons and spicy peppers are fantastic for naturally boosting the metabolism, and the high water content of the celery and cucumber will help your body to feel fuller and more hydrated for a longer period of time (so you're less tempted to snack). Drink this juice as a mid-morning snack.
3. The Skin Cleanser
So, we've looked at a couple of ways to boost your weight loss routine, but what about when you're searching for clearer, more beautiful skin? This skin cleansing potion is perfect for maintaining healthy skin and preventing further damage when you're exposed to the sun.
- 1 inch of ginger
- 1 cucumber
- 1 apple
- 2 cups of spinach
- 2 carrots
Carrots are a fantastic source of vitamins A, D, and C, as well as extra nutrients like biotin, folic acid, and more. The vitamins in your average carrot are perfect for maintaining healthy skin cells, and the beta carotene in spinach and apples helps to prevent skin damage while the silicon in cucumbers improves skin tone and the strength of your hair and nails. On top of that, the antioxidants in ginger will prevent premature aging too!
4. The Fountain of Youth
Speaking of youthful good looks, did you know that juicing can also help to rid you of those pesky and unwanted signs of aging – like fine lines and wrinkles. The right ingredients can chase off free radicals that can cause oxidative damage within the skin, and ensure that you look fresher and youthful for longer.
- 4 carrots
- 8 leaves of cabbage
- 1 inch of ginger
The beta-carotene present in cabbage and carrots offers a natural radiance to skin and helps to promote a natural glow in the face. These substances can also help to maintain the collagen that helps to keep skin supple and youthful, preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Beta-carotene can also act as a natural sunscreen that reduces your chances of burning and protects your skin from within.
5. Green Punch
Finally, here's a great recipe for a juice that will help to boost your health and fitness, while strengthening your hair and nails too!
- 1 cup of red grapes
- 2 cucumbers
- 3 cups of spinach
The flavonoids in the spinach will give you an instant dose of anti-oxidants to fight chronic disease, while the lutein and zeaxanthin found in spinach will protect the eyes and enhance vision. The high levels of vitamin A and K throughout this mix will also improve moisture retention, while red grapes protect the scalp from infection and dandruff!
About the author:
Rebekah Carter is a passionate wordsmith and health blogger who spends her time delivering fitness and dieting tips to audiences around the world!