Packed with all the vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds you need, a diet rich in juiced or blended vegetables and fruit can make a real difference to how you look as well as to your physical well-being. Take a look at the benefits!
1. Green for your skin
- Kale (as well as carrots, Swiss chard, spinach, and many other leafy greens) are rich in a pigment called beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process of cells to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Kale is also rich in potassium and is a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, both of which can help reduce acne and other and other skin complaints.
- Parsley has high levels of vitamin K, which can improve skin elasticity and speed up the wound-healing process.
- Kiwi, bell peppers, and kale are all rich in vitamin C, vital not only for general skin health but also for the production of collagen, which maintains skin elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.
- The pith of citrus fruit is rich in bioflavonoids—compounds that help strengthen blood capillaries in the skin and prevent broken veins.
- Almonds, Brazil nuts, avocados, and sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E to combat dry skin and brittle nails, while cacao, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds are great sources of zinc, an antioxidant that keeps skin healthy and disease-free and helps to heal as well as strengthening weak nails.
2. Green for your hair
For healthy hair and to help prevent hair loss, you can’t beat plenty of dark, leafy greens, such as collard greens, cabbage, kale, and broccoli. These contain high amounts of iron—to keep follicles healthy and the scalp in good condition—as well as vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Finally, they are rich in carotenes that are essential for the production of sebum to combat dry hair and give it shine.
3. Green for your eyes
To make the whites of your eyes brighter and whiter, all the wonderful vitamin-C-rich juicing fruit and vegetables, such as citrus, leafy greens, kiwi, watercress, and mangoes, are what you need. For good general eye health and if you experience conditions such as dry eye, make sure you get enough zinc and omega-3s—try juices that contain nuts and seeds.
4. Green for your teeth and gums
Soy products, cacao, almonds, Brazil nuts, and leafy greens are great sources of calcium, which is vital for maintaining teeth as well as bones. Alkaline foods, such as greens, avocados, and almonds, can help combat the acidity that can cause tooth enamel to lose mineral density.
To prevent gum disease, get your fill of catechins—found in great amounts in green tea, cacao, and raw, unpeeled apples. And drink your spinach—it is one of the few rich vegetable sources of coenzyme Q10, a compound that keeps gums healthy and free from bleeding.
5. Green for your well-being
It’s proven that a diet high in fresh vegetables, fruit, and other plant foods and extracts is linked to protection from major diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. If you choose a range of juices, blended drinks, and soups from this book and have them regularly, you will benefit not only from this protective effect but you will, almost certainly, find that your general health and well-being improve. From all the small benefits listed above to improvements, such as greater energy, better sleep, and mood, the positives you’ll get from going green and clean are huge.