Happy Monday – and welcome to September!
I had a bit of a break through a couple of weeks ago as my doctor finally agreed to test me for Coeliac disease, something I have been requesting for over a year now! Yippee! This, however, does not come without it’s problems as I have to eat gluten for a month before my blood tests. I immediately got onto eating gluten and completely fell off the healthy eating bandwagon with a KFC and a large bottle of beer for dinner that evening! Oops.
Anyway, eating gluten isn’t going to be easy and two weeks in the problems I was experiencing before cutting it out have returned. Bloated stomach, unpleasant gas, abdominal pains, constipation (sorry but these are the bitter truths of my intolerances), tiredness, skin problems (eczema and spots). My husband pointed out that all the hard work I’ve done since January with my new diet has effectively been ruined now I’m putting this back into my body and making myself ill again, but it’s only a month (we hope!).
I have stocked my cupboards with IBS tablets, peppermint oil, ginger tablets and aloe vera ‘cleaning’ tablets but I wanted something a bit more natural to help me through these side effects and started the search for a juice that would help. After looking at several different recipes I created a juice that would hopefully give me the boost I need to get through the day and help my side effects.
Here is my juice recipe for 1 glass;
1 medium sweet potato (about 15cm long)
2-3 medium carrots
I try to buy organic if I’m juicing and if I can’t find organic then I always peel them first. Just shove them all through your juicer (the ginger works best between larger vegetables), mix and serve.
I like to call this sunshine juice, because I’m a bit weird like that and it looks like sunshine in a glass! It tastes lovely, nice and sweet!
I’ve made this recipe up from a list of ingredients I wanted to use for different reasons;
Apples are great they contain a natural laxative and when juiced, it helps aid bowel movements especially when mixed with carrots and spinach juices.
Carrots have a cleansing action on the liver and help it to release more bile, which can help to relieve constipation and help with digestion. Carrot juice is also a diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention. Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections (this can only be good when your immune system is already in distress). The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, this is effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood.
Ginger can help reduce inflammation and one of ginger’s most touted health benefits is its healing effect on our digestive systems. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins and it’s excellent for reducing gas.
Sweet potatoes contain plenty of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and carbohydrates, and are a good source of fibre (which helps keep things moving). And they do taste delicious!
Let me know what you think if you try this juice! I love it and think it will be my permanent morning wake up call, after my alarm clock! And I must say it really is helping me cope, the results we’re apparent after a couple of days.