Can Juicing Reduce Your Risk Of COVID-19?
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise it is important to focus on your overall health. Juicing has been linked to health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease and risk of cancer. But, how can juicing benefit the immune system and decrease the risk of COVID-19.
There is a little research on this, and honestly I have not found research that ties juicing to benefiting the immune system or COVID-19.
On the other hand, juices are packed full or essential vitamins and nutrients essential to our health and fighting off colds and the flu.
I advocate juicing because I have found that it offers people many benefits, which include:
- Providing vitamins and minerals to boost overall health.
- Flushing toxins from the body.
- Improving digestion by introducing healthy enzymes that make the gut operate efficiently.
- Offering high anti-inflammatory compounds which may boost the immune system and give you more energy.
Though these benefits seem to be more anecdotal than scientifically proven, I believe we should explore this as an option for preventing COVID-19.
Which fruits and vegetables should be in these healthy juices to boost your immune system and prevent COVID-19?
Oranges and grapefruit are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C has antioxidants, promotes healing, and prevents infection. If you are deficient in vitamin C, you have the inability to fight infection and impair your immune system.
Kale is a vegetable containing many vitamins and antioxidants. These antioxidants can help remove the body of the toxins in our body.
Celery is a vegetable that has shown to reduce inflammation. In fact, celery has shown to reduce inflammatory diseases affecting the upper and lower airway.
Beets and carrots are root vegetables that help the immune system and decrease the inflammatory symptoms. Inflammation is often an immune response to infections.
Inflammation and toxins can cause flu or cold symptoms like a runny nose, coughs, and body aches. People who are at risk for COVID-19 should benefit from drinking juices that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Juicing Recipe Ideas:
Grapefruit- Orange- Cucumber- Kale
Celery- Kale- Apple
Carrot- Lemon- Ginger
Beet- Strawberry- Blueberry
Some tips for juicing:
- Whole fruits and vegetables have healthy fiber that can be extracted during the juicing process. But your body can absorb nutrients better because you’re not having to digest all the fiber.
- If you don’t enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a way to add them to your diet or to try fruits and vegetables you might not eat.
- You may want the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, so consider blending versus juicing. The fiber can help you feel full.
- If you try juicing, make only as much juice as you can drink at once; harmful bacteria can grow quickly in freshly squeezed juice. If you buy commercially produced fresh juice, select a pasteurized product.
Juices may have some long-term health benefits — grapefruit, lemon, celery and red grape juices have all been the subject of research. But while experts agree that juices are a good way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, they shouldn’t be the only source of nutrients,
What else can we do to keep the immune system — and our overall health — functioning optimally?
In addition to starting a juicing plan or getting more fruits and vegetables you need to:
- Be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week.
- Do not smoke.
- Reduce stress.
- Get adequate sleep — about seven or eight hours per night.
- Consume a diet filled with adequate protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Then- you should not need any of the supplements being marketed around coronavirus.