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An Ounce of Prevention

So you’ve decided to start juicing. Hopefully you’re juicing as a preventative, to help your body, instead of juicing so that your yoga buddies think you’re really committed. Maybe you’ve thrown some crap in your juicer. Some things probably tasted great, while others didn’t do so much for you.

We’re going to talk about juicing recipes for immunity. The anatomy of your juice is as important as your own anatomy in this case. Sure I could give you some juicing recipes that cure or heal this or that, but at the end of the day, you’re only going to keep this up if it’s good.

A good, healthy juice should have a few things. First, it needs veggies, particularly those with a taste that is easy to hide. Second, you want a fruit with strong flavor so that it hides your veggies.

Immune Booster

Next, you want a tasty light fruit that is low on the glycemic index, meaning you aren’t going to die of a sugar coma because you had a bunch of it. Lastly, if you want your juice to be more smoothie like, you’ll want a base of ice, milk, yogurt, or similar.

You’ll note that I didn’t include fiber. If you need more fiber, there are tons of options for adding that to your juices or smoothies. Toss in half a banana and some oatmeal to thicken things up and add fiber.

For your step one veggies, think something like raw spinach or broccoli. For your step 2, think berries. Strawberries and blueberries are crazy high in antioxidants and other goodies that help keep you well. Oranges are a great way to keep your vitamin C up as well.

For your next fruit, you want some light sweetness without jacking up the sugar level too much. Watermelon and coconut are both great for that. The last decision is texture based. Ice will give it a frozen slush quality, milk will make it like a shake, and yoghurt will make it like a thick shake. Milk and yoghurt also give you some added protein.

It all depends on your taste buds and how you want your juice to feel. So many options are available. Juicing recipes for immunity can be found no further away than your refrigerator. Keeping your immune system up is as simple as giving your body what it needs to function at it’s best capacity. If your body is in good shape and keeps up with small repairs, you’re less likely to be down for a week while your system plays catch up.

Immune Booster

Immune Booster

1 big apple

1 whole beet (peeled)

1 dozen carrots

1 small lemon

2 big oranges

Juice and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Because immunity starts with taking care of your skin, I have to recommend a blog post titled “5 Tasty Juicing Recipes for Skin”. The skin is your body’s first line of defense against disease, so start with it!

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