Apple Ginger Tonic

This entry is part 5 in the series Juicing 101

(Originally published August 2010. Updated 6 June, 2017)

Please note that this is in no way a medical article.

Discuss any concerns with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant.

Benefits of Apple Ginger Tonic:

  • This juice taken regularly will help reduce bad bacteria overgrowth and
  • increase immunity.
  • This in turn helps to prevent viruses, especially in winter, and it will help fight colds and cancer.
  • Ginger contains an enzyme that will help to lower your  cholesterol.
  • The vitamins contained in the lemon (especially Vitamin C) and the apple help to prevent a cold or flu coming on, as well as prevent an existing dose from getting worse.

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cm (1″) slice of ginger
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water 

Tips:

  • Leave the skin on the apples when juicing. This makes the apple ginger tonic more nutritious as the skin contains more flavanoid.
  • This is best done in a juicer (juice extractor). Push everything through, add ice if you want it chilled, and drink.
  • If you use a blender you will have to strain it. 

Warning:

Pregnant women should not take ginger in high doses as it may increase the risk of miscarriage. Talk to your doctor before adding apple ginger tonic to your regular diet.

Benefits of this tasty drink:

  • Apples and lemons are rich in flavonoid, a compound that contains antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • Apples contain polyphenols which are also powerful antioxidants.
  • Both fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • The skin also contains pectin, which helps to remove toxic substances.
  • Apples lower cholesterol and reduces skin disease.
  • Ginger is renowned for its many healing attributes, including cancer-fighting properties.
  • Apple Ginger Tonic will help stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion.

Read more about ginger here:

Come back next Tuesday for another ginger-based Recipe.

Do I Need a Juicer or Blender?

This entry is part 2 in the series Juicing 101

 (Originally published March 15, 2013. Updated 3 May, 2017)

I am often asked this question:

What’s the difference between a juicer or a blender?

Let’s spend some time looking at this topic. We will look at

  • What is a juicer?
  • What is a blender?
  • Which is better?
  • Food for Baby
  • Feed Your Growing Child
  • Early Morning Pickup Breakfast in a Glass

read more

Early Morning Boost for your Immune System

This entry is part 9 in the series Juicing 101

Fruit_and_vegetables_basket(Originally published April 21, 2009. Updated 3 May, 2017)

How can I boost my immune system without popping pills?

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I determined to do everything possible to fight this disease. In addition to surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and medication, I knew I needed to boost my immune system. Yet every book I read seemed to tell me one more thing I shouldn’t eat. I soon developed the knack of fast forwarding past all articles on nutrition.

Eventually, I decided to visit a qualified dietitian.

“Not enough vegetables or fruit!” she declared.

I found that surprising, as I made a point of serving several vegetables at every meal. However, she sent me to the shops to buy a juice extractor and an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Morning Cocktail

She told me to start each day with a cocktail of beetroot, carrot, orange, apple, and red grapes. This would supply me with an excellent multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, including high levels of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, folate, flavonoids, phytochemicals and fibre. Ongoing research demonstrates that these compounds boost immunity as well as help fight diseases including cancer and heart disease. 

The dietitian warned me to start with a small serving and take a week to build up to a full glass. If I couldn’t get one of the ingredients, I could exchange it, but preferably with other brightly colored fruit. The combination sounded terrible. It looked worse. It resembled blood.

Early Morning Kick-start to my Immune System

The first morning it was all I could do to force myself to take a mouthful of the beet-colored liquid. Surprise! The drink was delicious. Nineteen years later (2017), my husband and I both commence every morning with at least five vegetable and fruit servings before breakfast. The drink gives us energy for the day, and we know that we’re encouraging our immune systems to keep guard over our bodies.

(Note, this is processed in a juice extractor or juicer, not a liquidizer, food processor or blender. We will look at these in more detail later.)

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Are you doing all you can to build up your body’s defenses? Watch what you eat, and start drinking vegetables for breakfast.  

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