by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health
A cold glass of fresh juice might be just what you need when you are feeling low. Fruit and vegetable juices are nourishing as they impart all the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants present in them- especially for those who do not prefer whole fruits and veggies. These extracts have seen increased demand as a detoxifying agent to remove unwanted toxins from the body which makes them a wholesome alternative to sugary, carbonated beverages. What can we implement in our diet to keep our body and its organs feeling light and energized?
We have some of the best health juices for you to try out:
When this juice is consumed, it can revitalize your body, remove harmful impurities, and the chlorophyll content in wheat grass promotes liver function (1). Wheatgrass is known to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an asset against various health conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, IBS, and more. This herbal extract aids in proper digestion and clears out the gastrointestinal tract, regulates blood sugar levels and might be used to make the weight loss process easier as it can influence the burning of excess fats. Regular intake of wheatgrass juice may improve your overall health and strengthen your immune system.
The medicinal plant has been employed for generations in Indian traditions to combat ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, PCOS, and liver-related diseases. The vitamins and antioxidants present in the juice of this plant have several benefits for our well-being. Some of the advantages it offers are enhancing immunity, preventing the onset of premature ageing, and keeping the skin and hair looking youthful. Like wheatgrass, amla juice will leave you feeling slim and fit! (2)
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be found in most of our kitchen cabinets but has been used as a home remedy for its health benefits. It is fermented to form acetic acid and is rich in proteins, enzymes, and polyphenols. This product can lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity, thereby managing the symptoms of diabetes and excess weight (3). It may even be great for heart health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides- That makes it worth the strong smell and flavour!
Another commonly found but under-appreciated medicinal plant found in some of our very own gardens is Aloe Vera. How can we get the most out of this natural elixir? As it is water-dense, it is highly effective against dehydration- this keeps the liver vigorous and the body clear of stubborn substances. It may act as a powerful agent for the micro-flora in the gut and regular bowel movements. Aloe juices are enriched with vitamins B, C, and E as well as potent antioxidants that will help your skin feel renewed. Besides all this, your heart will thank you for drinking this beverage too!
This natural extract has been part of Polynesian traditional medicine for many years due to the many positive effects it can have on our physical health. It is an excellent source of biotin, folate, antioxidants, and vitamin C. As it reduces the number of free radicals in our system, it has the potential to reverse cellular damage that smoking tobacco can entail (4). Noni juice may also be suitable to maintain a healthy heart, heighten endurance during exercise and amplify overall immunity. Say goodbye to dangerous pills with this natural pain reliever, especially helpful for arthritis.
With the pandemic situation right now, many of us are gravitating towards natural means of boosting our immunity- Giloy juice is an ideal candidate due to its immune-modulatory, anti-inflammatory activity as well as its innate potential against virus-induced symptoms.(5) The alkaloids present in the extract activates white blood cells, while the flavonoids and lactones in the Giloy stem are used to diagnose symptoms of allergies, flu, and other respiratory problems. This beverage may be used to control the production of insulin and relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety as well. Now that’s an all-rounded plant!
Neem is an evergreen tree that is native to India and has been applied for medicinal purposes. Neem is a well-known immunity booster and consuming this juice could let you fight infections and keep your health in check. This juice also helps aid digestion and is responsible for improving gastric health. Augmented with antiseptic and antioxidant properties, this juice is known to have anti-cancer capabilities. It even has anti-inflammatory properties that nourish hair and skin and treat blemishes and wounds. (6) Get your camera ready for some flawless selfies with this drink.
Depending on your personal preferences as well as your dietary needs, opting for one of these healthier drinks will keep you at the top of your game- Listen to what your body needs and get juiced up!