"I can say without hesitation that drinking freshly juiced green veggies gives me more energy."
Today's live with Dr. Nancy Lin, PhD and holistic nutritionist looks closer at Dr. Nancy's daily inflammation fighting routine.
Today we'll learn about inflammation fighting power and other benefits of drinking fresh green juice. From increased energy to clearer more vibrant skin and more.
- 00:19: Green juice is a daily part of Dr. Nancy's wellness routine
- 00:53: Buying it is better than nothing, but keep watching to learn how to make it at home
- 01:50: As soon as you juice something, it starts to degrade, so drink it right away
- 02:58: Get a strong juicer or blender
- 03:27: Drinking fresh greens will improve your energy and skin
- 05:51: Green juice reduces inflammation
- 08:17: Green juice strengthens your immune system
- 08:36: The enzymes in green juice improve your digestive health
- 09:15: Green juice fights illness
- 10:56: The difference between blending and juicing
- 13:17: How to make green juice in a juicer
- 18:36: How to make a green smoothie in a blender
- 23:42: How to keep your leafy greens fresh
All About Green Juice
Juicing greens is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body, and something Dr. Nancy does daily. In some places, you can buy them at juiceries, but you can also make them at home, with a juicer or a blender.
If you can’t make it at home, buying it is better than not having it at all, but buying green juice can be expensive, and you may want to make sure it tastes just the way you like it, so in today’s video, you’ll see Dr. Nancy’s recipe for juiced greens, and you’ll learn the difference between juicing and blending, as well as how these drinks benefit your health.
As soon as you juice a vegetable or fruit, it starts to degrade, to oxygenize and the cells start dying off, so you will want to drink it right away after juicing. When you package it into bottles, it's still better than not having it, but the minerals and the enzymes start to die off and it doesn't have a long shelf life.
You don't need a very expensive juicer to make this super healthy drink at home. You do want to try to find a high powered juicer or blender. You can make a great tasting juice at home with just a few items!
But first we're going to talk about why it is so important that you add green juice to your daily routine.
One juice a day keeps the inflammation away
Drinking freshly juiced green vegetables will give you more energy, and can even be a great replacement for coffee or tea. Reach for this drink first thing in the morning instead of a coffee, and you will feel energized without the crash, and healthy from the inside out.
This juice will also promote healthy, glowing, vibrant skin with fewer breakouts. Drinking your greens at least once a day, in addition to following Dr. Nancy’s anti-inflammatory dietthe rest of the day, will be a life-changer. You’ll notice that your body quickly soaks up all of the fresh nutrients of the green drink and the benefits far outweigh the expense or time. In fact, when you drink a fresh green juice, it takes 20 seconds for every cell in your body to absorb it and it goes to work right away, boosting immunity and health. Even your kids will love it!
Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll start to feel
Fresh green juice reduces the inflammation in your body. If you follow us, you already know that inflammation is a major contributor to many chronic diseases and conditions, from obesity to diabetes, to heart disease and even Cancer. You must do everything you can to reduce the daily inflammatory load on your body if you truly want to feel really vibrant and healthy and reduce aches in your joints and in your body. That’s why we always use the equation: Less inflammation in plus more information out is a healthier you.
Your cells quickly soak up all the plant nutrients when you drink a green juice, and the chlorophyll, together with the other nutrients in the drink, will strengthen your immune system and help it control the inflammation. It increases blood cell production and helps enhance your cells' ability to carry oxygen.
The enzymes in fresh green juices improve your digestive health. This not only helps with constipation or other GI issues, but it’s important in light of the recent discovery that 80% of your immune system system lives in your digestive tract.
It's one of the best ways to fight illness. The ingredients in the green juice have excellent healing and detoxifying properties. With all the environmental toxins attacking our bodies we need the extra free radical fighting support every day.
How to make it at home
As we discussed earlier, you can make a green drink with a juicer, or with a blender and some cheesecloth. The difference between juice made from a juicer, and a smoothie in a blender, is that the smoothie contains the fiber found in the pulp of the vegetables, while that fiber is eliminated from the juice. Additionally, the smoothie contains fewer phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. This is because you can put many more vegetables into a juice drink than into a smoothie, since the fiber takes up a lot of space.
There's nothing wrong with either option. Simply choose based on your goals. Fiber is great for your body, and can help cleanse the digestive tract, but it can also sometimes get in the way of your body’s ability to absorb some nutrients. So if you need more fiber, the blender may be the way to go. If you need more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, go the juice route.
Green Juice Recipe
- 2 whole cucumbers
- 3 stalks of celery,
- A handful of kale
- 3 large handfuls of spinach (spinach yields very little liquid, so you may need to put a lot)
- Ginger (according to your preference. Ginger can get spicy, so start with just a little)
- 1/2 or 1/4 green apple
- 1/2 lemon (not juiced, just squeezed into the mixture)
You can modify any of these ingredients according to your preferences. Some people include no fruit at all, and some use more kale. Your preferences may change over time as you train your taste buds. If you’re new to juicing, experts recommend more spinach than kale, since kale can be bitter and harder to get used to. A good rule of thumb is to include 4 vegetables for every 1 fruit you use.
Once you’re finished, pour into a glass for a delicious, refreshing drink that goes to work on your body right away.
Blended Green Smoothie Recipe
Using a Nutribullet or other personal-sized blender is a great way to get just the amount you want.
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 green apple
- A few handfuls of spinach
- 1 kale leaf
- 1/2 stick of celery
- Ginger (preferred amount)
- Parsley (preferred amount)
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
You can drink this smoothie as is, or as an alternative, place cheesecloth over a bowl, and pour the smoothie in, a little at a time, allowing it to sink in. Then squeeze the cheesecloth until all of the juice is wrung out. This will produce a juice drink, but it can be laborious and time-consuming.
Bonus Tip: to keep your leafy greens fresh, you can either buy them daily at the market, or find a green bag, which is designed to regulate the amount of oxygen and carbon monoxide going into and out of the bag, for fresher greens. You can also use a ziplock bag with a wet paper towel lining to store your greens.
This delicious and nutritious drink is a fantastic way to start your morning, or the perfect thing to reach for when you have a night time craving. Drink one every day, and you’ll notice the difference in how you feel.