Do Different Juicing Ingredients Contain Weight Loss Properties?
Juicing is a great addition to any diet, and especially to a weight loss plan. But what are the benefits of different juices for weight loss? The various nutrients and vitamins assist in the weight loss process like a dream. You can read about how juicing helps with weight loss in my post on Juicing for Weight Loss and Energy.
The best way to implement juicing is by following specifically designed juices, such as my juicing recipes for weight loss. However, it is also important to realise why all of those delicious fruits and vegetables were chosen in the recipes.
All fruit and vegetables have their own unique set of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. When we consume them, they all have different affects on our body. Some are great for weight loss, some for healing inflammation and even for improving heart health.
Design Your Own Recipes Specific To Your Body
If you know what each ingredient is good for, you can then create your own recipes tailored to your needs. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight and also improve your liver health, then you may want to make a juice including cabbage.
If you decide to create your own juice recipes, a great rule of thumb is to keep fruit based juices for the morning and vegetable based juices for any other time of the day or night.
So, let’s get into it. Below is a list of common ingredients used in juicing and the benefits of these different juices for weight loss and other health gains.
A Note On Fiber
Fruits and vegetables contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The difference is that soluble fiber can dissolve in water, and insoluble fiber cannot. What does this have to do weight loss? When we juice, we are removing the insoluble fiber from our fruit and veggies, and keeping the soluble fiber.
Therefore, our bodies are getting all of the weight loss benefits of fiber without using a whole lot of energy to break it down. This means we have more energy to use for movement, burning fat in the process and promoting weight loss.
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Rich in soluble fiber and low and calories, which is great for weight loss.
Bromelain present in pineapple is an effective anti-inflammatory. Great for bloating, arthritis and even healing sports injuries.
The high levels of potassium and low levels of sodium in pineapple promote the lowering of blood pressure.
Eye and skin health
Vitamin C in pineapple is great for cataract prevention and skin health.
The Vitamin C, Bromelain and Beta Carotene help to fight heart disease and prevent cancer cell growth.
Lemon helps with both speeding up the metabolism and with digestion. In turn, your body can more efficiently absorb nutrients necessary for fat use as energy. It also means you will have more energy, meaning more voluntary movement, which leads to weight loss.
Lemon is a cleansing agent and a blood purifier, making digestion much easier and relieving constipation.
Lemon is highly alkaline, increasing the body’s alkalinity and fighting off disease such as cancer
Lemon dissolves calcium deposits , which cleanses both the kidneys and the urinary tract. It also helps to prevent kidney stones
Anti-oxidants in lemon such as Vitamin C help to fight free radicals in the body, which in turn prevents cancer and other diseases.
Grapefruit is a natural hunger suppressor, which will stop you from overeating. It is also very low in calories and high in soluble fiber.
Grapefruit is highly alkaline, increasing the body’s alkalinity and fighting off disease such as cancer.
The immune system is strengthened by the following agents in grapefruit: Vitamins A, B and C, Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Flavanodes.
Vitamin A in grapefruit acts as an anti-inflammatory. Great for reducing bloating and arthritis pains.
Grapefruit contains good cholesterol, which counter balances bad cholesterol. It also contains other nutrients and anti-oxidants like potassium which lower blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Ever wonder why those cholesterol tablets you take say not to eat grapefruit…
Good for preventing insulin resistance, which is what leads to diabetes.
Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene and Flavanodes all help the body to fight free radicals, which are what causes cancer and other diseases.
The natural sodium in apples helps to release excess water weight, decreasing bloating
The Sorbitol in apples relieves constipation by flushing water from the large intestines into the colon
The Vitamin C in apples produces collagen in out bodies which improves skin health and also helps to keep our ligaments and tendons healthy.
The phytochemicals in apples regulate blood sugar which decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Anti-oxidants and biochemicals such as polyphenols, flavenoids and potassium prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Flavonoids in apples increase lung functionality, which both prevents asthma from developing and reduces asthma symptoms.
Weight Loss and Anxiety
Kiwifruit contains serotonin, which promotes calm feelings and relieves stress. It also helps to improve sleeping patterns. This in turn promotes healthy weight regulation as fat is stored by the body when under pressure (stress and lack of sleep).
Kiwifruit juice prevents blood clots which lowers blood pressure and therefore improves heart health and prevents cardiovascular disease
Kiwifruit detoxifies skin cells, leading to healthier and glowing skin.
The high levels of Vitamin C in limes produce collagen which improves the health of skin, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It also speeds up the repair of damages skin tissue.
Flavonoids in limes are anti-carcinogenic and help to improve immunity.
Oranges are a natural anti-inflammatory, which reduces bloating and promotes weight loss.
Oranges are high in Vitamin C, producing collagen which improves the health of skin, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It also speeds up the repair of damages skin tissue.
Anti-oxidants in oranges help to fight free radical cells in our bodies, which minimises the risk of developing diseases like cancer.
The Vitamin A in oranges improves kidney function and also helps to maintain eye health.
Pears help to cleanse and reduce inflammation in the colon. This improves our ability to absorb nutrients, which boosts energy levels and aids with weight loss through voluntary movement.
Cancer & Brain Health
The antioxidants in pears such as flavonols, catechins and epicatechins fight free radicals. This prevents diseases such as cancer and helps to improve brain health.
Pears contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron which all help to increase bone mineral density, preventing osteoporosis.
High levels of iron in pears boost red blood cell production and help to prevent anemia.
The amino acid Citrulline, present in watermelon, blocks the effects of a fat storing enzyme, which in turn interrupts the accumulation of fat cells in the body, leading to weight loss.
Watermelon contains high levels of flavonoids, carotenoids and beta-carotene which naturally fight inflammation.
Watermelon cleanses our kidneys by flushing out ammonia and uric acid.
This amino acid has many other benefits aside from weight loss. It converts to arginine in the body which relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, decreases overall stress and reduces muscle soreness after exercise.
Pomegranate has high traces of soluble fiber, which aids weight loss.
Pomegranate helps to reduce inflammation which is great for reducing bloating and relieving pains from arthritis.
Antioxidants in pomegranate prevent bad cholesterol from oxidising, which helps to remove excess fat from around the artery walls.
Blueberries are high in the biochemical Tannin. This naturally reduces inflammation in the digestive tract, treating both constipation and diarrhea. This is great for aiding weight loss.
The flavanoids in blueberries helps to improve and maintain brain health. This prevents memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health disorders.
Nitrate in beetroot increases oxygen flow to your muscles, heart and brain. This increases energy levels which promotes weight loss through voluntary movement.
This increase in oxygen from the nitrate also lowers blood pressure.
Vitamin C in beetroot allows our bodies to naturally produce collagen, which give us youthful and glowing skin.
The betalains in beetroot are anti-inflammatory and are a detoxifying property. This, as well as other anti-oxidants help to flush toxins out of the body, especially from the liver.
The natural sugars in beetroot are low GI, meaning they release very slowly which regulates blood sugar levels and prevents sugar spikes.
The lycopene in beetroot helps to protect our skin from sun damage and it keeps the elasticity in our skin, giving a youthful appearance.
Some people experience nausea or diarrhea if they consume too much beetroot in one day. This doesn’t happen to everyone and the amount that you should consume in one day varies from person to person. In general, 1 small beetroot per day should be okay. If you do experience any side effects reduce the amount of beetroot you are consuming.
The Vitamin K in cucumbers acts as a kidney cleansing agent.
Cucumbers are a great way to overcome a Vitamin K deficiency. Signs of a deficiency are nose bleeds, bleeding gums and being easily bruised. The Vitamin K activates a protein that triggers blood coagulation.
The copper in cucumbers increases brain performance by stimulating the growth of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending messages from the brain to the rest of our body.
Copper also increases our red blood cell count and therefore improves the immune system.
Properties in carrots such as beta carotine, lutein and zeaxanthin all assist in protecting our eyes and maintaining eye health.
Carrots are packed with antioxidants which help to protect us from diseases, viruses and harmful bacteria. Some of these carotenoid antioxidants include Vitamin C, beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
The antioxidants found in carrots play a role in improving heart health. They do this by reducing oxidative stress, which in turn improves the bodies ability to defend itself from different forms of heart disease. Carrots also lower bad cholesterol and increase our ability to digest fat, also leading to improved heart health.
Cabbage assists with weight loss by detoxing the upper section of the intestines, which eases digestion.
The antioxidant indole-3 carboline present in cabbage assists in detoxifying the liver.
The silicon and sulphur present in cabbage cleans skin cells and also adds nutrients to them. This makes skin look and feel healthy.
Celery is high in luteolin and polyacetylenes which are both proven to be anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming celery therefore reduces inflammation such as bloating, which assists in weight loss. These anti-inflammatory properties can also be used for inflammation such as arthritis, acne and asthma.
The nutrients in celery help to flush out excess water weight and toxins, while at the same time being extremely hydrating.
Properties in celery such as phthalide, coumarins and apigenin work to reduce blood pressure. They do this by relaxing muscles inside blood vessels, lowering cholesterol and reducing cortisol which constricts blood vessels.
Celery is packed with antioxidants which help the body to fight free radical cancer producing cells.
Celery contains Vitamin K which improves skin elasticity as well as Vitamin A, B and C which all contribute to healthy, glowing skin.
The natural occurring sodium and potassium in celery helps our muscles to recover fast.
Kale juice is fantastic for weight loss. One cup has only 36 calories, yet it is packed with vitamins and nutrients that will help to keep your body going throughout the day. It is also very high in soluble fiber which aid in digestion and weight loss.
Kale is a great juice for detoxing. The sulphur in kale sticks to toxins, which makes it easier for them to pass through our bodies.
The antioxidants in kale such as the carotenoids and flavonoids protect our body from diseases such as cancers and heart disease by fighting free radical cells.
The antioxidants present in kale work to lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and improving blood circulation. They also help to strengthen the heart for overall improved heart health.
High traces of soluble fiber in spinach help us to stay full for longer, aiding the weight loss process.
Spinach is a highly alkaline food, so consuming it raises our bodies overall alkalinity. This means that the body is in a stable state where disease and free radicals do not have a chance to survive or grow.
Sweet potato juice is high in soluble fiber which helps with weight loss by helping us to stay full and satisfied for long periods, reducing the chance of overeating. Also, the potassium in sweet potato helps the body to effectively burn calories, assisting in the weight loss process.
Sweet potato is known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. This not only eases bloating, but it is also good for stress relief, which are both great for weight loss.
The Vitamin B6 found in sweet potato helps to make digestion an easy process. This also helps with weight loss.
Sweet potato contains magnesium which is proven to help relieve stress. This is excellent for improving sleeping patterns and treating depression. An added bonus is that when the body is no longer under stress, it becomes a lot easier to loose extra weight.
Broccoli is a high source of plant based iron. Regular consumption assists in fighting iron deficiency and therefore increases red blood cell production.
Vitamin B2 found in broccoli helps the body to process B6 and B9 vitamins into usable forms. This in turn helps the body to fight free radicals which lead to cancer and other diseases.
Broccoli is a great source of plant based calcium, which helps to strengthen our bones and teeth. This is good for preventing osteoporosis.
The manganese in broccoli is great for overall bodily function. It helps with several functions including wound healing, helping the body to process carbohydrates and protein, it is good for bone development and it also helps to activate antioxidants.
Ginger is a well known anti-inflammatory. It can be used to decrease bloating (helping with weight loss), symptoms of arthritis, acne and to speed up wound recovery. The antioxidants in ginger help to remove impurities in the body and increase blood flow, which is what relieved inflammation.
Ginger can thin blood, and it works almost immediately. So it is a great relief for people with high blood pressure.
Ginger removes impurities from the stomach which makes digestion easier. It also calms the stomach, easing any signs on motion sickness.
Turmeric helps to improve digestion. It also speeds up the body’s metabolism, assisting with weight loss.
The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric make it great for reducing bloating, which helps with weight loss. It is also good for reducing symptoms of arthritis and acne, and also speeds up the recovery of sports injuries.
Curcumin in turmeric reduces inflammation in the brain. This lowers the amount of cell damage from free radical cells in the brain. This therefore helps to prevent memory loss and deterioration which is what causes Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric works to lower excess stomach acidity, which prevents stomach ulcers as well as acid reflux.
Turmeric helps with type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.
Parsley is a natural diuretic. This helps to flush any toxins out of the body as well as excess sodium and water. This all helps in reducing body weight.
Parsley is very high in antioxidants which help to fight against disease forming free radical cells. This helps to protect our bodies from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
The Vitamins A and C along with other vitamins and minerals in parsley help to improve our immune system, meaning we can easily fight any bad bacteria or viruses.
The nutrients in parsley help to balance out amino acids, which improves heart health.