Anyone who scorns at vegetables and fruits for being tasteless and calls them ‘rabbit food’ has never really tried them properly, for sure.
They are among the most flavorful things in raw form and are absolutely amazing for health!
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is bound to make for a healthier way of living. And even if you can’t bring yourself up to eating an entire plate of salad, happily for you, you can simply drink them too.
Natural, fresh pressed juices and smoothies are any health freaks most go-to form of liquid intake. They nourish and heal your body, help you in losing all that unnecessary flab, detoxifies your body of dangerous residues and overall enhances the quality of life.
There are also specific combinations which can help you fight particular problems. For example, this smoothie will help you fight inflammation and get rid of pain. And all that it requires is half a pineapple, 2 stalks of celery, 1 full head of romaine lettuce, some cilantro and just a little bit of ginger.
Here is how each individual ingredient does its part in making you feel better:
Pineapple is great for your immune system’s upkeep. At the same time, it also enhances the strength of your bones and is good for your eyes. The main reason it finds its place in this recipe is because it has certain enzymes which are known to reduce pain. Pineapple is also rich in manganese, which is a great antioxidant. There is also thiamine, which keeps your energy levels up.
Celery helps in reducing inflammation. It is great for losing some weight too. It strengthens your liver’s natural defenses. It has great antibacterial properties and is good for the digestive system as well. The main reason why celery is able to control inflammation is owing to the presence of apigenin in celery. This particular molecule is also known for promoting the health of the immune system.
Romaine lettuce is another leafy vegetable that will help you in your weight loss journey. It also keeps your digestive system in check. It is great for enhancing your muscle and bone strength and overall immune system. It also shapes up your cardiovascular system. It is great for all the vitamins and minerals needs of your body, because it is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus as well as folates, vitamin K and vitamin C and beta-carotene. The last term is important because it synthesizes into vitamin A when it is inside your body.
Cilantro is great in reducing inflammation of the skin and your cholesterol levels too. It is great if you are suffering from diarrhea and good for stabilizing your blood pressure. It is also a good anti-allergen and helps reduce the risk of anemia. Also boosts up the bone strength and digestion.
Ginger is really great for overcoming nausea and pain. It also works for reducing the markers of inflammation. It is great for your respiratory system as well and helps in increasing your appetite. It is extremely beneficial if you are suffering from a flu or the common cold. Also good for your cardiovascular health. Ginger is also rich in specific metabolites and compounds (such as shogaols and gingerols), which can provide a healthy defense against certain diseases.
As you can see, a majority of these elements have anti-inflammatory properties and thus this smoothie is great for bringing down inflammation. This smoothie can also be your line of defense against the cold and flu season when your immune system is under attack. Other than the smoothie, you can also try to incorporate individual ingredients in your diet, seeing how beneficial they are.