Fashion designer Whitney Port—well-known for appearing on the now-defunct reality series The Hills—recently tweeted about delicious detox juices that could help get you in shape for the summer season. A few of her favs:
- Beet Juice: A beet-rich detox juice that includes oranges, lemons and apples can improve blood circulation and aid digestion while cleansing the system. Add some betaine-rich beets to the concoction and it should help the liver flush out toxins.
- Cucumber juice: Since cucumbers have a large percentage of water, they make perfect ingredients for cleansing juices. Cucumbers are also nutrient-rich and contain vitamins C, B1 and K.
- Green juice: Blend spinach and kale for an antioxidant-rich green juice. It is not only deliciously satisfying—the fiber-filled juice will provide your body with a good cleansing.
According to nutrition experts at the Food and Nutrition Information Center, juicing is a good way to add more fruits and veggies into your diet.
The Dietary Guidelines suggest that consuming a minimum of 2 ½ cups of fruits and veggies per day is linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Vegetables and fruits (especially consumed whole) are also rich in fiber, which might help lower one’s risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Vegetables and fruits (especially consumed whole) are also rich in fiber, which might help lower one’s risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
If you’re going to try juicing, keep the following in mind:
- Juicing can sometimes remove some of the fiber from fruits and veggies, so try adding leftover pulp from your juice to other food (i.e. muffins, soup, etc.) to help add that fiber back into your diet.
- Juicing machines can cost anywhere from $50 to $500. Your grocery bill could also increase, depending on what type of produce you buy. If you’re on a budget, you can opt for canned or frozen fruits/produce (low in sodium and with no added sugars). Other good options: purchase fruits from farmers’ markets or grow produce yourself in your backyard.
“Juicing 101: Nutrition Tips for Consumers,” Nutrition.gov; https://www.nutrition.gov/shopping-cooking-meal-planning/juicing-101-nutrition-tips-consumers, last accessed May 20, 2016.