Thursday, April 3, 2014

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 5

On day 5 of the juice fast journey we are reminded that juicing can provide vitamins and minerals at a level that is more than adequate.


Cucumbers are often referred to as a super food because they are known to be one of the best foods for your body's overall health. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day.

Five benefits to eating cucumbers
1. Rehydrates the body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.
2. Skin and hair care – The skin of the cucumber can be eaten for it’s vitamin C content. The skin can also be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.
3. Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
4. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber; which all work effectively for regulating blood pressure..
5. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health.  They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic.

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

Remember (if you are in th metro Detroit area) visit Pita Cafe for the great variety of fresh vegetable and fruit juices. 248-968-2225

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