I have committed myself to reestablishing a more balanced, organic diet by incorporating water-based, fruit juices, experimenting with new recipes, choosing healthier ingredients and as a result, I have found particular fruits and vegetables that greatly improve our heart, gut and mental health; as a result, my skin is less temperamental, definitely clearer for longer, my mood is more consistent, that time-of-the-month is less painful and I feel spiritually, much better within myself because I am feeding my body what it needs. Have you discovered these simple recipes and ingredients that will make a significant difference to your health yet?
Raspberry Juice Benefits & Recipe
We are often fooled by smoothies and shakes that claim to be very healthy for us, that we do not read what is actually in these drinks. I have found that invariably the smoothies I love, are just packed with sugar and anything that states it has zero % fat in them, are in fact replaced by larger quantities of sugar as well. Therefore, if you can, avoid the marketing and just go straight to the ingredients. It takes around 2 weeks for your body to stop craving sugar, as we all know, it is very addictive but for women, we should consume less than 6 tablespoons of sugar a day and for men, it should be less than 9 tablespoons.
With that being said, I have been consuming such a low sugar diet, that I now can’t even drink a whole glass of Coca-Cola or Fanta because I find it ridiculously sweet. I am not interested in diets, I just want to be feeding my body what it needs in order to work as effectively as possible and for someone who needs a lot of bullying into drinking water, this raspberry juice is one of my favourite drinks and can’t wait for you to try it for yourself.
Benefits of Raspberries:
- Raspberries contain ellagic acid which is an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight against cancer, are a natural anti-inflammatory. They contain anthocyanin which prevents heart circulatory disease and are proven to prevent age-related decline.
- Getting sick a lot or constantly burdened by allergies? Raspberries are a natural immune system booster that improves our bodies ability to fight off disease and respond faster to allergies, making our bodies stronger and healthier.
- Drinking raspberry juice or consuming the fruit itself, can help your bowel movements become more regular, add vital nutrients to your food and improve digestion.
- They are rich in Vitamin B, C and K which are incredibly important for maintaining good bone health.
- Raspberries help rid the body of free radicals and can heal the body much faster. They also improve the hormone production in the body and maintain it at a healthier level which is key to our overall well-being.
- For all I will never encourage anyone to lose weight unless instructed to do so by a medical professional, raspberries are proven to help with weight-loss as they speed up our metabolic rate by improving our fat metabolism in the body.
My Simple Raspberry Juice Recipe:
Tip: Preferably buy raspberries from your local market or from a place that keeps them as fresh as possible. Personally, I try to avoid frozen fruits as they are picked when ripe, they are then frozen and coated with sugar in order to prevent spoiling whereas the fresh fruit you buy from a farmers market, are often hand-picked before they are ripe which means that by the time you consume them, they are at their best. In supermarkets, they are coated with chemicals to further prevent spoiling.
- 1 – 2 cups of raspberries.
- Place into a blender or bowl, with 1/2 a cup of water (I prefer sparkling water).
- Either blend on high for a few seconds until the consistency is to your preference or mash the raspberries in a bowl and then whisk with the water.
- You can either put a strainer over a mixing bowl and strain the juice through the strainer in order to remove the pulp or simply pour the blended mix directly into a glass.
Other benefits Worth Noting:
- Raspberry leaf tea is great for women who experience painful menstruation and doubles as a uterine tonic.
- If you have recently given birth, drinking a cup of Raspberry leaf tea can also improve the flow of milk.
- Raspberries also ease the pain from burns and tone up the skin and due to those anti-oxidants, can help you fight acne if applied directly to the skin.
- They also control LDL cholesterol and support healthy eyes and gums.
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Healthiest Fruits & Vegetables
Apples are my least favourite fruit, nevertheless, there are many ways in which you can incorporate them into your diet as they not only remove the build-up of metals and food additives in your body but are rich in fibre, improve intestinal health, treat anemia, can control diabetes, and have been proven to prevent Parkinsons and Alzheimers diseases!
I discovered some brilliant recipes via Rodal Wellness but if you have any of your own, please feel free to add them to the comments section below.
Asparagus help reduce stress-levels; a well-known killer! They are a great source of Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting, nourishes the digestive tract, another great source of fibre, high in Vitamin B1, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant as well as aids the fight with cancer.
For information on how to cook asparagus and recipes, check out the Recipe Tips website.
Cabbage contains liver detoxifying enzymes such as sulfur and contains a great source of fibre, potassium, vitamin B1, copper and manganese. It is a great source of iron too and even though it is regarded as a carbohydrate, it contains only 33 calories per cup.
Carrots are extremely cleansing and nutritious due to their high in fibre content, along with Vitamin C, D, E and K and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. They are also proven to contain the highest quantity of Vitamin A which is vital for bone health, our immune system, reproductive system and helps our skin deter disease and bacteria.
Dandelions are no longer an unwanted weed in the garden; you can eat every single part of a dandelion, including the flower head and stem, to be clear. They are high in fibre, contain Vitamins C and B6 thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron which for those with low red blood cells, can help generate more within your bloodstream as well as potassium that regulate our heart rate and maintain good blood pressure which for those who suffer from heart conditions or Anxiety/Panic Attacks or other related issues, is most beneficial.
For recipes, check out The Praire Homestead website.
Figs are often forgotten about, especially in the western world, however, they contain several essential minerals that help not only our mental health but our overall bodily functions. Minerals include magnesium, calcium that aids bone density. Copper, potassium for lower blood pressure and include great vitamins such as K and B6. They are also high in fibre which helps our heart and digestive track.
For ideas on how to incorporate figs into your diet, check out The Spruce.
There are so many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that are brilliant for maintaining a healthy body, however, this blog would be extremely long, so I have mentioned a few of my favourites that I have tried and tested and gained great results from using.
Have you tried implementing these healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet yet? Let me know what you enjoy in the comments section below.
Sending you good health and love.