25 October 2010
Most fruits are sweet, as are certain vegetables like carrots and tomatoes, and make excellent energy-giving juices. To make them even more satisfying, mix milk or plain yoghurt with the juice recipe; you could also add some wheatgerm and honey.
Do you ever find yourself in the evening with nerves frayed and temper volatile? You need to calm down, and forget about the trials of the day. Frazzled nerves can also be helped back to normality by nourishment high in the vitamins B1 (thiamine), B12 (cobalamin) and vitamin C. As vitamin B12 is not available from vegetable sources you must obtain it elsewhere (eggs, milk, cheese, beef, pork, offal).
Hangovers are caused by two things: the toxicity of excess alcohol and dehydration. The easiest way of banishing a hangover is to flush out the alcohol from your system by drinking plenty of liquids, and to raise your energy levels by having some quick nourishment. A fresh juice combination is ideal for doing this, and can replace the vitamins B1 (thiamine) and C which are depleted by alcohol.
We don't need minerals in such high quantities as vitamins, but they are just as important. Some minerals are only needed in tiny trace amounts - but without them, unhealthy symptoms of deficiency soon become visible. Iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc are some of the minerals that we need throughout life. Vegetable juices are particularly rich in minerals and provide an excellent mineral pick-me-up.
Both children and adults need a constant supply of vitamins to stay in peak health. Juices can supply many of the nutrients we need, and in a totally natural and tasty way - more satisfying than swallowing a handful of pills. Here are some power-packed combinations for when you need that little extra vitamin boost.
Fruit and vegetable juices are ideal for detoxifying the system as they have a natural cleansing and alkalizing effect. If taken in place of a meal they give the digestive system a much-needed break, while still providing nutrients and energy from their natural sugars.
Sex and aphrodisiacs
Aphrodisiacs might or might not be all in the mind - but then, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If sex is not quite as earth-shattering as you would like it to be. Perhaps you could do with some more energy, and more of the nutrients that are involved in developing and keeping healthy the reproductive organs. Juices rich in the B complex group of vitamins, vitamin E, zinc and iodine might provide you with more zest for sex. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of these nutrients. Ginseng is credited with the power to produce ardent feelings, but if ginseng root is difficult to obtain, you could use grated ginger root as an alternative - it will certainly add some spice.
Ripe old age
The elderly often require extra minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron, and antioxidant nutrients are also useful - vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. All vegetable and fruit juices can be a beneficial tonic.