Clear Skin Carrot Ginger Pineapple Juice

So, I got pulled over this morning. I deserved it. I totally deserved. I didn't get a ticket, but I did look a little drunk (I wasn't, but I looked it) with my shirt buttoned wrong and no make-up and trying to pound my coffee as fast as possible to get back home and get back to work. So, I didn't get a ticket which I was totally expecting to, because I was too guilty to even argue. So, instead I just sat there looking guilty. Anyways the cop was really nice, especially for someone who has to work the morning shift, dealing with criminals like me. I'd like to say he gave me a firm warming, but he didn't it was more like words of wisdom, about putting things aside and staying in the moment. It was pretty zen... considering. Then me, being someone who sees everything in life as a metaphor for something else. I obviously had to read into the wisdom of my morning debacle, 1. People are really nice sometimes, even when you don't deserve it. 2. Get your life together. Like actually, get your life together. 3. Put things aside when other things are more important. For example, if you drive like some kind of jerk, you might hurt someone—maybe yourself. Simple enough, right? 4. Maybe take better care of yourself. Busy, doesn't have to mean unhealthy.

A lot of my life recently has been running around the fact that I need to slow down. Slow down and make some juice. Really, I haven't been eating that well and it's all been coming out through my skin, which is unpleasant because I really think skin is a reflection of everything else that is going on in your body. I, personally think there's no better way to get your body a whole lot of nutrients in one boost, than juicing. This is controversial. Even when checking out at the grocery store the woman told me her husband insisted on using the Ninja instead of the juicer—because of the fiber. It's always the fiber. Actually, I can't argue with that. The fiber is a good reason, but I still prefer to compost it and give it to the flowers to help them get their best pigment. It works specifically if you're using carrots or beets. It'll change the color of the flowers that bloom. It's pretty entertaining. I think, anyways.

Ginger is really good for circulation and has loads of antioxidants, both of which can make skin a bit rosier. Obviously carrots are loaded with vitamin A which is awesome for any kind of inflammation, along with the turmeric. If you have rough or dry skin, it might be a lack of vitamin A, but too much vitamin A can cause dry skin too. So, balance, in case I haven't said it before. Celery is high in vitamin K which is good for keeping skin firm. Plus it has B vitamins which are good for skin tone (and your mood.) Turmeric is known for being super anti-inflammatory, but also can help with healing skin which is awesome if you tend to have acne. It can also help skin heal, which is great news if you're dealing with any skin conditions. According to LiveStrong:

"Curcumin [found in turmeric] has properties that may help regenerate skin and accelerate wound healing, according to the author of a review published in the January 2013 issue of the journal Biofactors. The ingredient protects skin by reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals -- unstable atoms that can cause cellular damage. Curcumin also regulates proteins involved in the healing process of wounds and influences enzymes involved in skin regeneration, according to the review. These properties may benefit a range of skin problems, as well as wound healing."

So, yeah turmeric might be there hero of this entire juice, maybe.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 medium carrots
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/8-1/4 of a pineapple - peeled - for sweetness and also a big boost of vitamin C
  • 1 inch piece of ginger - peeled
  • 1 inch piece of turmeric - peeled

Directions:

  • Juice all ingredients
  • Serve over ice (optional)

Beet + Kale + Pineapple Juice

So, I've had pretty awesome day full of delicious Indian food, Himalayan salt baths, and now onto one of my favorite juices.

There's some controversy about whether it's better to drink your greens or eat them whole. While I can agree that fiber is important, when was the last time you ate a whole bunch of raw beets and kale? 

In the case for beets it's actually better to juice them, especially when using them to regulate blood sugar. 

"In many cases, eating the whole food is the best way to get all the nutrients, fiber and healthy effect. But, in this particular case for blood pressure lowering, you are actually better off drinking the juiced beet root to get the maximum benefit. When you cook the beet or ferment a beet (like we find in a pickled beet), the amount of healthful nutrients for blood pressure benefits will decrease. By juicing, you are going to get 100% of the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that help your blood pressure decrease."

                            - Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, www.doctoroz.com

 

Why are beets so great? Well, they're anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and rumor has it the Romans used them as an aphrodisiac, but the real reason I love beets is for the skin benefits. Every time I have a healthy dose of beets my complexion looks clearer, healthier, and rosier. 

This beet juice is sweet, bright, and it has the ever popular kale. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. It also has a hefty dose of  vitamins A, C, and K. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 bunch of kale - chopped
  • 1/4 of a pineapple - chopped with the rind removed
  • 3 medium beets - raw, washed, and halved
  • 1 lemon wedge

Directions:

  • Juice pineapple, kale, and beets.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon.