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Anti-Inflammatory Juice

Anti-inflammatory juice blend of pineapple, cucumber, turmeric, and cinnamon

Inflammation is something we all deal with on a daily basis. We lead stressful lives that weaken our adrenal glands, we consume too much omega-6 fatty acid in proportion to omega-3, and our world is becoming more polluted every day. All of these things lead to inflammation in the body.

While a little bit of inflammation is necessary to protect the body’s cells from foreign pathogens and is part of the healing response, chronic inflammation is a bad thing. There are many diseases and conditions of chronic inflammation: arthritis, asthma, chronic sinusitis, Chron’s disease, allergies, fibromyalgia, etc. This anti-inflammatory juice is a potent blend of foods and nutrients that assist in reducing the inflammation levels in the body.

Below is a breakdown of the ingredients and how each acts to sooth the inflammatory pathways in the body.

Pineapple

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. In addition to aiding digestion, bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and is especially good at reducing inflammation related to infections and injuries. Some studies have shown it may also be helpful to reduce sinus inflammation and mucous as well. 

Cucumber

Cucumber is newcomer to the list of anti-inflammatory foods. Of course, cucumber has always had these properties, but we are only recently discovering what it can do. Fresh cucumber extract is a potent antioxidant that combats free radical damage (it is also very good for the complexion) and inhibits the action of certain enzymes that cause inflammation. It also helps to prevent overproduction of a molecule that plays an active role in inflammatory diseases. 

Fresh Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medic as an anti-inflammatory for thousands of years. It contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, and is particularly useful for those that suffer with arthritis. Because of the specific ways that turmeric acts against inflammation, it has also been found to be potent at treating and preventing certain types of cancer, such as that of the colon, prostate, and breast. 

Cinnamon

As cinnamon is a bark, you can’t really juice it, so you can either mix ground cinnamon into the juice from the other ingredients, or you can make a strong cinnamon tea to mix into the juice. 

Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory effect is due to it’s blocking of an inflammatory fatty acid from platelet membranes, which reduces the formation of inflammatory messaging molecules. There is also evidence that cinnamon reduces muscle soreness after athletic activity.

Pineapple and turmeric juice.

Pineapple and turmeric juices mingling together, fresh out of the juicer.

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Pineapple and Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Juice
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A highly anti-inflammatory juice blend of pineapple, turmeric, cucumber, and cinnamon.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pineapple
  2. 2 cucumbers
  3. 15 three inch (appx) pieces of fresh turmeric root
  4. 1TB ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Juice pineapple, cucumber, and turmeric.
  2. Stir in cinnamon after juicing is completed.
Notes
  1. If you have a masticating juicer, the juice will keep for 72 hours, and you have 3 full days to drink it. If you have inflammation problems, I recommend 1 cup of the juice 3 times per day.
  2. If you have a centrifugal juicer, the juice will need to be consumed within 24 hours. I recommend cutting the recipe in half and portioning it out into 3 servings.
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Herbal Wheatgrass Juice for Beginners

Green juice blend with wheat grass

Wheatgrass juice is a very potent medicinal food. It reduces blood pressure, cleanses the blood, alkalizes the body, stimulates the thyroid, detoxes the liver, helps to protect us from carcinogens and environmental pollutants, fights cancerous tumors, and slows the aging process. (Source: http://hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass/benefits-of-wheatgrass).

As it is highly detoxifying, if you have never tried it before, you will have to start with a very small amount in a single sitting – no more than 1/2 a shot. If you are not used to it and you take too much, it will probably nauseate you, especially if you aren’t already following a healthful lifestyle. If you are a an old pro at wheatgrass juice guzzling, then you know how much you can add to this juice blend. 😉

True story: the few shot glasses I actually own are used most frequently for measuring my wheatgrass juice and sprouting avocado pits.

I am highly sensitive to gluten. I had read about the wondrous benefits of wheatgrass juice, but was afraid to try it until I was actually able to find some credible sources of information that could confirm or deny the existence of gluten in wheatgrass. The summary of what I learned is that the grass itself contains no gluten, as the gluten is in the seed. Wheatgrass is safe, provided that (1) it has been harvested in a manner that leaves no part of the seed attached to the grass; (2) it has not sprouted any new seeds; (3) there has been no cross-contamination in a facility which also processes the gluten-containing seeds. 

My local Whole Foods Market carries wheatgrass that is locally grown here in Florida, and I have not had any issues with it thus far. If you purchase it, look for one cut end at the base, and one pointed end, indicating that is the top of the grass blade. If there are two cut ends, it is impossible to know how tall the grass was and if it started to sprout new seeds.

It is actually very cheap and easy to sprout yourself at home (and easier to remove the cross-contamination problem)… unless you have a cat. Cats love wheatgrass and when I purchase it, my cat, Georgia, frequently gets some as a treat too. If I try to sprout anything inside, she will find it and eat it. 🙂

Anyway, if you would like to read more about wheatgrass and gluten, here are some links you can look at. Ultimately, if you are unsure, you should either not try it or try it in a very small amount to see how you react. 

  • http://hippocratesinst.org/nutrition/wheatgrass-is (#48)
  • http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/everydaymedicalissues/f/Are-Wheat-Grass-And-Barley-Grass-Gluten-Free.htm
  • http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/can-wheat-grass-gluten-sensitive-4931.html
Cucumber and Herb Wheatgrass Juice
An herbal green juice blend that helps wheatgrass juice go down a lot easier.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cucumbers
  2. 1/4 lemon (no peel) - lime also works well
  3. large handful fresh mint
  4. large handful fresh basil
  5. 1/2 - 1&1/2 shots wheatgrass juice
Instructions
  1. Run cucumbers, lemon, mint, and basil through a juicer.
  2. If you have a juicer that is capable of extracting juice from wheatgrass, juice enough to acquire the desired amount. If this is your first time trying it, take only 1/2 a shot. If you are an old pro, try 1 whole shot or even 1.5 shots.
  3. Mix wheatgrass juice into green juice blend.
Notes
  1. Wheatgrass juice is highly detoxifying. If you drink too much at one time or more than your body is used to, it will nauseate you. It is very important to only take 1/2 a shot if you have never tried it before.
  2. Wheatgrass has a very earthy and slightly sweet flavor, but it is very strong. The cucumber juice helps to mellow it out a lot. I frequently enjoy wheatgrass, but I still can't drink it straight. I need the cucumber juice.
  3. If you buy wheatgrass, juice it fresh. If you let it sit in your refrigerator for too long, it will start to yellow and dry up, and you will not be able to extract as much juice from it.
  4. In order to extract juice from wheatgrass, you will need a single auger or slow juicer that is capable of performing the task (I have an Omega). There are also special wheatgrass juicers. A centrifugal juicer will not work for this.
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Pineapple, Golden Beet, and Carrot Juice

Pineapple, Yellow Beet, and Carrot Juice

One of my favorite and oldest kitchen tools is my juicer. I have done several juice fasts and I find them to be quite enjoyable. I also like to sip on fresh juices throughout the day for their therapeutic benefits and to get an extra boost of vitamins. 

This pineapple-beet-carrot juice recipe is great to stimulate digestion and support a healthy liver, which performs hundreds of metabolic processes in your body! 

Pineapple Juice

Believe it or not, this last month has been my first time tasting pineapples again in about 2 years because I used to be allergic to them. After making and eating my own cultured foods to rebuild my damaged gut flora, I now have healthier immune and digestive systems and I can eat pineapple again without any asthmatic flareups! This is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me, you know besides marrying my wonderful husband. 😉

The health benefits of pineapple are numerous. You may have heard of an enzyme called bromelain that is contained in pineapple. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, and helps your body to break down proteins, facilitating the digestive process.

Pineapple is also high in vitamin C, which is good for your immune system, and supports a healthy stress response. Unlike many animals, humans cannot synthesize their own vitamin C. We need to acquire it from our food, so drink up!

Yellow Beet Juice

I’m going to share a secret with you. I’m not a fan of beets. The President doesn’t like beets either. He banned them from the White House garden. However, I know they are full of health benefits, so I have been making an effort to try different methods of incorporating them into my diet anyway. I am happy to say this juice was a success. The beet flavor is mellow and it co-mingled with the pineapple and carrot nicely. This is progress!

Beet juice promotes healthy blood flow and helps to reduce blood pressure. It also helps to improve exercise performance! The nitrates in beet juice reduce oxygen uptake, which means you don’t get as tired when you exercise. This is great news for endurance athletes. Indeed, I made and drank a beet juice cocktail last year when I ran a half marathon.

Beets are also high in iron, which assists the red blood cells in delivering oxygen to your body. Finally, beets have long been known to protect and strengthen the liver. They contain a chemical compound called “betaine”, which helps the liver to move out toxins and heal itself. 

This is why I’m willing to give beets a chance! 🙂

Carrot Juice

Carrots are another food that I have a long and finicky history with. Growing up, I hated them. When I started exploring healthier eating habits and was looking for natural ways to reduce my high cholesterol, I decided to give them a try. I found there are many foods they pair well with, particularly citrus and other tangy fruits. Carrots and pineapple were meant to be together. Over the years, I developed quite a taste for them, and carrot cake is my favorite dessert now! They are quite versatile in raw food preparation too. 

Most people think of beta-carotene and the eyes when the topic of the carrot’s health benefits comes up. They are not wrong, but there is so much more to the carrot. It is also a good digestive aide. If you drink carrot juice 20 minutes before your meal, it helps to stimulate your digestive juices and detoxify your liver.

Combined with pineapple and beet root, this juice blend is a great pre-meal drink to facilitate optimal digestion and a healthier metabolism! As an added bonus, the carotenoids also help to protect you from cancer.

Pineapple, Yellow Beet, and Carrot Juice
Yields 20
This juice blend is a power digestive aide and liver cleanser. It is best taken 20 minutes before mealtime to stimulate the digestive juices. The recipe will make appx. 20 ounces, so feel free to spread it out across multiple meals.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups fresh chopped pineapple
  2. 2 yellow beets
  3. 8 medium sized organic carrots
Instructions
  1. Run ingredients through juicer in the order shown.
  2. Strain if desired.
Notes
  1. It is best to juice softer ingredients first and harder ingredients last so that the harder ingredients will move all of the pulp from the softer ingredients through the machine.
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