If you want to have a glowing skin and a healthy body, then you need a well-balanced diet. First of all, you should replace carbonated drinks with healthier options that you can make at home, from ingredients that are readily available at your local store.
One such option would be the ginger-carrot juice, which will boost your vegetable and fruit intake, giving you the nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals your body needs to function properly.
Take 4-5 carrots, 1/2 inch ginger root, some lemon juice, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Peel the carrots, wash them and put them through a juicer. Do the same for the ginger. Add the juice into a glass, pour the lemon juice and sprinkle the salt and the cinnamon powder. Drink it each day with your breakfast.
Benefits of carrot-ginger juice
- Diminishes the Risk of Cancer
Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiproliferative, anti-metastatic and antioxidant properties, being able to combat various types of cancer, including colorectal, ovarian, skin, pancreatic, breast and prostate. Ginger can inhibit the development of breast cancer cells, without impacting the healthy cells. Carrots can also decrease the risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer, thanks to the phytonutrients which inhibit cancer.
- Strengthens Immunity
This juice contains Vitamins C and A which aid the production of immune cells and white blood cells. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, also improving blood circulation.
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Both carrots and ginger are known for their cleansing and antioxidant properties, which promote cardiovascular health. Carrots contain alpha-carotene, lutein and beta-carotene which fight cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack. The high levels of potassium lower high blood pressure. Ginger also lowers cholesterol levels, prevents blood from clothing and regulates blood pressure.
- Good for Skin Health
There are several nutrients in this juice that promote healthy skin, also keeping away skin problems. Vitamin A keeps the skin moisturized and prevents pigmentation, acne, uneven skin tone and blemishes. The beta-carotene in carrots also promotes healthy skin and protects it from the damaging ultraviolet sun rays.
- Promotes Digestive Health
Both ginger and carrots have nutrients that are good for the digestive system and the colon. The juice of raw carrots helps treat constipation, while ginger stimulates the emptying of the stomach, also reducing inflammation, pain, and nausea.
- Great for Diabetes
People suffering from diabetes and those with a high risk of developing this disease should include this juice into their diet. Ginger not only decreases the blood sugar level, but it also increases the effectiveness of insulin for treating diabetes. Carrots have a low glycemic load and the carotenoids regulate blood sugar.
Drink the juice immediately after you prepare it because it will quickly start losing its nutritional value due to oxidation. You can add other ingredients, such as apple, celery, mint leaves, parsley or sweet basil. If you want to make it sweeter, you can add a spoonful of raw honey. If you want to take advantage of the full benefits of this natural juice, use only organic ingredients.