Our skin complexion changes as we grow older. Wrinkles appear. It is the sing of aging. There are many skin creams on the market that say this and say that to a better skin complexion. But I wanted to know if there was a juice that could give me an inside out cleanse. Here is what I found.
What juice is good for skin complexion? Cucumber and apple juice when combined can do great wonders for your skin. Cucumbers hydrate the skin and apples have plenty of nutrients that will cleanse the skin and provide you with a blemish-free skin.
Apple juice is readily available off the shelf both in drink form and as fresh fruit. Cucumber juice not so. But is apple and cucumber juice combo good for us to consume?
I drink a lot of apple juice both fresh and store bought. I have it with my tea instead of milk and sugar. Not so much cucumber juice. So now time for some research to see if apple and cucumber juice is as good as others say it is.
Apple juice off the store shelf contains preservative and added sugars that we do not need. I have not found cucumber juice on the shelf. As a drink, apple and cucumber combo is refreshing and contains vitamins and nutrients. Fresh apple juice and cucumber juice is the best mix.
Juiced or blended, apple and cucumber juice contains more fibre and nutrients than shelf juice and with no added sugar. Plus if you leave the apple skin on you get the added fiber.
Apples are packed with vitamin C that helps to build collagen and their high levels of copper encourage the skin to produce melanin, a pigment responsible for your skin colour.
Apples have long been known for the antioxidant benefits they offer. We are so familiar with apples that I think we often forget the exceptional nourishment they provide.
Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain polyphenols, which may have numerous health benefits.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in apples
- may promote bone health. What’s more, eating fruit may help preserve bone mass as you age.
- may help regulate immune responses and protect against asthma.
- Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is possibly due to their polyphenol antioxidant content.
Apple juice may help preserve acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that can decline with age. Low levels of acetylcholine are linked to Alzheimer’s disease
Skin of the Apple
The apple’s skin is uniquely rich in nutrients, and even if the recipe you’ve selected includes peeled apples, consider leaving the skins on to enjoy the unique benefits found in the skins.
Pectin, a potent detoxifier found in apple skin, purifies the body instantly. The cleansing effect is enhanced by celery, cucumber and horseradish, which act as diuretics to relieve you of excess fluid.
Apple nutrients are disproportionately present in the skin, which in terms of its nutrient content is a particularly valuable part of the fruit.
Apples for weight loss
Apples help in weight loss due to their high fiber content. The type of fiber in apples feeds good bacteria and may be the reason they protect against obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Apples promote heart health. They’re high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. They also have polyphenols, which are linked to lower blood pressure and stroke risk. For those who have had heart issues, an apple a day goes a long way.
Where have all the apples gone…
There are literally thousands of varieties of apples consumed worldwide, as mind-boggling as it might seem. I did not know there where that many varieties. We only see a few on our shelves in this country.
As it would be… how many types of apples exist? You’re not going to see this many apple varieties in the grocery store, but there are 7,500 varieties of apples in existence throughout the world. And there are 2,500 grown in the United States.
In the United Kingdom there are over 2200 varieties but few of those will be on the supermarket shelves. There are 40 varieties in Canada, and 11 varieties in Australia.
Fresh Apples are best…
Perhaps the greatest benefit of juicing apples at home is the flavor of the ripe, fresh apple. And that is the apple that is off the tree. Apples at sore may be from frozen stock. You will know because they go brown very quickly when cut.
Wash your apple…
Be sure to thoroughly rinse the whole apple under a flow of water. This will remove any residue of chemical that may still be present. They would have been washed during storage, but may have been sprayed to keep insect away while on the shelf.
It is suggested that you treat apples carefully. Remove any damaged or bruised apples from the bunch. A bruised apple can spread contamination to other apples causing them to go bad quickly.
Apple Cucumber Skin Cleanser Juice Recipe
In this juice we have apples and cucumber, celery and horseradish, and parsley. There is a secret ingredient to turn this juice into an evening cocktail.
- 1 large green apple, de-cored
- 3 sticks of celery, washed
- 1 medium cucumber, de skin, wash
- 3cm piece of horseradish, peeled, washed ( you can use off the shelf horseradish 1 table spoon)
- a handful of parsley, washed
- Juice the components in a juicer. Drink.
Juice does not have to be dull. To turn this juice into a evening delight or a summer refresher we include a secret ingredient. Top up your glass with the secret ingredient. There are two choices for the secret ingredient.
The first is Schweppes Lemonade. Top you glass with lemonade. Do not shake, stir or blend. It needs to go in after the blending process. This will retain the effervescence fizz that makes it interesting.
The second secret ingredient choice is Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale. I chose Schweppes because they use chili in their dry ginger ale. It adds a little bite with its effervescence fizz. Again, add last, do not shake or stir.
Cucumber benefits your skin by not only rejuvenating it but also by improving your skin texture. This is due to the cucumber’s high antioxidant levels, which help to reduce the inflammation in the skin, like redness, puffiness, and blemishes.
Cucumber juice is naturally hydrating and contains minerals like potassium and magnesium that actually help maintain your body’s fluid balance.
Cucumbers are 96 % water…
Cucumbers are 96 percent water. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumber water does not give you a bloating stomach and helps your body to cool down and is great for that flat stomach look.
One cup of sliced cucumbers has about 5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B-5. Pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne.
Lower blood pressure…
Cucumbers contain magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K. These 3 nutrients are vital for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. In taking magnesium and potassium can lower down blood pressure.
A regular intake of cucumber has been found to decrease bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well.
Cucumber is filled with healthy digestive enzymes, which helps in digestion. You can kick start your day with this detox water by consuming a glass of it on an empty stomach.
Lemon and cucumber water is a delicious hydrating treat that people can enjoy it at any time.
Cucumber water, squeeze some lime juice and add a few mint leaves to make this an ideal weight loss drink.
Cucumber and lemonade make a great combination. Smooth and palette cleansing. This little mix is great when friends are over. Take one cucumber, peal, wash and blend. Then add the Schweppes Lemonade. I use a two liter jug for this. Add ice. It makes a nice friendly cocktail.
Apart from weight loss, cucumber has many potential health benefits, including improving skin health and lowering blood pressure.
Cucumber family members…
Cucumbers belong to the same botanical class as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squash (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).
Cucumber and heart health…
The cardiovascular benefits of cucumbers protect against oxygen-related disruption to the blood vessel walls, and blood constituents.
There is also a beneficial effect of cucumber intake on levels of blood fat, particularly in people who have elevated blood fats.
Although thin, dark green, smooth-skinned garden cucumbers are common vegetables in most store stores, cucumbers actually come in a wide range of colors, sizes, forms, and textures.
Cucumber growing environment…
Cucumber plants thrive naturally in both temperate and tropical environments, and have been widely cultivated worldwide for this reason.
Because cucumbers can be very heat reactive, if you choose the ones shown in refrigerated cases on the shelf, you’ll be on safer ground.
Cucumbers should be kept in the fridge where they will be stored for several days. Cucumbers should not be left out for too long at room temperature as this can lead them to wax and limp.
Cucumber is good for you…
Cucumber juice is the best rejuvenation tonic in the world.
- Cucumber juice is a highly alkalizing and hydrating drink
- Rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium.
- Cleanse and detox the entire body
- Helps to alleviate digestive problems such as gastritis, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers.
Horseradish is used for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, cough, bronchitis, achy joints (rheumatism), gallbladder disorders, sciatic nerve pain, gout, colic, and intestinal worms in children.
In 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish, there are only 6 calories, 1.4 grams of carbohydrates, 14 milligrams of sodium, 44 milligrams of potassium, 9 milligrams of calcium, 5 milligrams of phosphorous and zero fat.
Horseradish, with its high sulfur levels, can help you reduce some of your sinusitis side effects, like mucus buildup.
The heat of the horseradish helps thin mucus, encouraging drainage. This juice should provide relief from the pressure and pain of a stuffy nose during cold and flu season.
Better than broccoli…
A research team had previously identified and quantified the compounds responsible for the cancer-fighting compounds, known as glucosinolates. These are found in horseradish. Horseradish contains approximately 10 times more glucosinolates than its superfood cousin, broccoli.
Why did we include horseradish? How could we not! This is one powerful kick ass ingredient.
Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals with a low glycemic index.
- Vitamins A, K, and C,
- minerals of potassium and folate
- It’s also low in sodium,
- it’s low on the glycemic index, meaning it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar.
Celery juice helps combat a range of ailments, including inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Celery is a member of the carrot family. And carrots are good.
Eating celery can increase the pheromone androsterone, which is a natural aphrodisiac found in male perspiration. Celery also contains chemicals that can help dilate blood vessels, increase sex drive, and enhance climax.
Why,? Because its green
Rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and C, parsley may improve blood sugar and support heart, kidney, and bone health.
Parsley works as a natural diuretic which can help to flush away toxins and excess fluid.
Parsley contains enzymes that improve digestion and play’s a role in weight loss. It can help aid in digestion and help reduce bloating giving you a flatter stomach.
Parsley acts as a natural diuretic and promotes increased urine output which in turn flushes out the bacteria and germs from your kidneys.
Our apple cucumber juice has a punch for so many reasons. You can try it with or without the horseradish. The celery is just a bonus! The secret cocktail ingredient is worth it. If you like the drink or created your own why not share it in the comments.
Oh and yes, drink cucumber and apple juice thrice a week to absorb the nutrients for a healthy and beautiful skin.
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