4 Detoxifying Carrot Juice Recipes for Better Health


Carrot Juice DigestionHere are 4 very healthy carrot juice recipes to detoxify your body while improving your skin, enhancing your immunity and boosting your energy levels.

Each are quick to make, use just a few ingredients and, enjoyed regularly, they can make a really difference to your overall health and well-being. I hope you like them.

A Carrot, Beet and Pineapple Juice for Liver Detoxification

This first carrot juice recipe is excellent carrot juice combination for your liver and to aid digestion.

Carrot juice itself is known as an powerful internal cleanser and detoxifier, but add the liver detoxifying effects of beetroot (beets) and you’re really giving your poor overworked liver a helping hand.

Pineapple, and in particular a substance found in it’s core called bromelain, is especially beneficial in aiding digestion. Some people discard the core of the pineapples when they eat them, as this is usually a bit tougher, but this is also the part that contains the most bromelain.

With juicing (and a good enough juicer), you can put the whole pineapple through and get all of the health nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium or 2 large organic carrots – washed and scrubbed but not peeled.
  • 1 medium-sized organic beetroot (beet) – washed and scrubbed but not peeled.
  • 1 small or half a large pineapple peeled.

How to Make a Liver Detoxification Carrot Juice

Liver Cleanse KitOne word of warning with beet. The red juice can temporarily stain your fingers if you leave it on there for too long. To avoid this you may want to wear gloves.

Don’t let this put you off though. Beets are amazingly healthy and can be pushed through your juicer after a quick scrub.

To slice off the pineapple’s skin, I usually find it easiest to cut off the top and bottom and then cut off the skin in around six or so slices from the top to the base, following the natural curve as close as possible. When you’re juicing you don’t need to worry about missing a little bit of peel here and there.

Cut all your ingredients into slices to fit easily into the juicer and push them all through. The nutrients in beet in particular oxidize fairly quickly, so it can help to add a dash of lemon juice and ice to the bottom of the catcher and drink your juice as soon as you’ve finished.

This detox carrot juice recipe comes out a bright glowing red, tastes amazing and will really give your health and energy a boost.

The perfect time to have this would be before a big meal that you know is likely to tax your liver and digestive system. Hope you enjoy it.  

Photo credit with thanks: f10n4


A Carrot Juice Recipe to Boost Your Immunity

Anti-Cold Carrot JuiceCarrot juice combinations are great for warding off colds and flu over the colder months and this one is particularly good. The carrots provide high levels of antioxidants and potential vitamin A, whilst the lemon and kiwifruit provide excellent amounts of vitamin C.

Lemons are also rich in special flavonoids that have antiseptic and antibiotic effects, especially useful for preventing colds and flu. Also for possibly for lessening the severity should you already have one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium lemon juiced.
  • 3 kiwifruit scooped from their skin.

How to Make a Immune Boosting Carrot, Lemon and Kiwifruit Juice

Slice any carrots that are too thick to fit through the feeder on your juicer before you start.

For the lemon, you can either juice it with a citrus juicer if you have one, or simply cut it in half and squeeze it into the bowl you’re collecting the juice with. Digging into the pulp with a teaspoon and squeezing again will help get more juice out it. Remove any seeds as these are not good for you.

I have a citrus juicer, but for this carrot juice recipe, using only one lemon, I think it’s easier to just hand squeeze it (you can use two lemons if you enjoy them but the lemony taste is pretty strong).

Wellness CarafeFor the kiwifruit, simply wash them and run them through your juicer skin and all.

With this carrot juice recipe it’s best to start with the lemon juice and an ice cube already in the bowl and then simply feed the carrot and kiwifruit through the juicer.

When you’re doing combinations like this with a centrifugal juicer, it can be good to alternate, especially if they’re soft and hard fruits or vegetables. Carrots, been quite solid, may build up a little heat in the juicer and alternating the kiwifruit, or other soft foods, with the carrots should help lessen this.

Plus your juice is already mixed up a bit at the end. If you juice regularly, a good masticating juicer can be worth the extra as it will provide both more juice per fruit or vegetable and a better quality of juice with less oxidation.

Once all the juice is done, simply give it a quick stir and enjoy. The lemon juice in this recipe should help prevent oxidation for longer than most other carrot juice combinations, so you could potentially put some in the fridge for later if you’ve made a bit. As soon as possible is still best though in my opinion.

  Photo credit with thanks: justusbluemer


The Extra Energy Carrot Juice Recipe

 Carrot JuiceThis carrot juice recipe is a great energizer when you’re feeling a bit low, or perhaps after a big night out.

Fresh ginger is such a powerful energy food, with so many different health benefits, it could easily be added to both the anti-cold carrot juice for its infection healing effects and the liver and digestion carrot juice, since ginger is a proven digestive aid.

The energizing effects of fresh ginger are quite remarkable. You really can feel it waking you up in a big way when you drink carrot juice with ginger in it.

Ginger is strong though. The amount in this carrot juice recipe should be palatable to most people, but if you find it too much then cut it back a bit – even a small amount is beneficial. If, on the other hand, you like the taste of ginger, then please feel free to add more.

Apple have many health benefits and the sweetness helps to soften the strength of the ginger. Apple’s juice tends to oxidize quickly though so once again a dash of lemon juice and ice cubes in the bottom of your juicing bowl can help protect the health nutrients from oxidation.

Sadly, conventionally grown apples are often covered in pesticides. Peeling may help, but many of the best nutrients like polyphenols are contained in the skin.

SlimirexIf you can afford a little more, get organic apples and wash and scrub them with a little baking soda, but don’t peel them. It’s definitely worth it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic apples washed/scrubbed but not peeled.
  • A piece of fresh ginger root to taste, washed and scrubbed. A half inch piece should give a good zing without being too overpowering. If you’re a ginger fan you could double this for a really energizing carrot juice. If you’d rather ease into it, try a smaller amount to start.

How to Make an Energizing Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice

With this carrot juice recipe it’s better to juice the carrots and ginger first and the apples last (juiced apples really don’t keep), mix it up and drink it right away.

Please let me know what you think – two gingery or not enough?

Most people will gravitate towards their favorite carrot juice combinations over time, but the ones with ginger in them will generally get fairly strong reactions, either for or against. The one thing you won’t be able to do is remain sleepy or low energy after carrot juice with ginger in it.  

Photo credit with thanks: *Micky


A Healthy Skin Carrot Juice Recipe

Skin Carrot JuiceHere’s one more quick carrot juice combination for really healthy skin and eyes.

The organic carrots and spinach in this carrot juice recipe provide very high levels beta-carotene and alpha-carotene for their antioxidant power.

Also, from spinach and the optional goji berries, the difficult to get carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin for protecting, and possibly even enhancing your vision.

Organic celery has good levels of vitamin C for collagen building and has many other important health nutrients for your skin.

Unfortunately, conventionally grown celery has one of the highest pesticide levels of any vegetable tested. If you’re eating celery for its health benefits, it really has to be organic.

Whole Food Market has organic celery, as well as carrots and spinach, if your normal supermarket hasn’t caught up yet.

Ingredients:

  • 3 stalks of organic celery.
  • A good handful of organic spinach soaked in a bowl of water for five minutes.
  • Half a cup of dried goji berries soaked in water for at least one hour.

How to Make a Carrot, Celery and Spinach Juice for Better Skin

The goji berries are optional as not everybody has access to them, but they really are little nutritional powerhouses if you can get them.

I buy mine in bulk so using them like this isn’t a big deal but I can understand if you’re only buying small amounts you may want to save them for a goji berry smoothie.

If you are using dried goji berries make sure you soak them in water for at least an hour to soften them up. Once hydrated the goji berries are soft not chewy and taste kind of like tangy raisins.

The flavor is a little unusual at first, but after a while I’m pretty sure most people will find they enjoy them. They certainly seem to give you an energy boost.

Don’t waste your time with processed goji berry juice. Most of these are an expensive rip off, with minimal goji berry content along with heat treatment that may destroy the few nutrients that were actually there. Some even have sugar added!  Bulk dried goji berries are cheaper, healthier and just all round better.

Back to the juice. Start with the carrots and try packing the wet spinach and goji berries in between the carrots and celery.

The spinach in particular can be hard to get much juice out of a without a good masticating juicer, but even a small amount is valuable. Spinach juice is pretty powerful.

There’s a real riot of colors going on in this juice with the orange of the carrots, green of the spinach and red-orange of the goji berries.

As with all freshly made juices its best to drink this as soon as possible. If you can find the 10 minutes to make this juice regularly, it’s likely you’ll soon be drinking to better skin and healthier eyes and vision.  

Photo credit with thanks: kiwanja 

 

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