Rather than offering my yoga students energy drinks, bars or water after class, I'm really looking forward to stocking fresh carrot juice at my studio! I'd love to explain why I chose juice, why carrot juice and why it's such a great compliment to yoga practice.
Juicing, as opposed to blending, steaming or eating raw is one of the best ways to quickly and efficiently flood the body with liquid nutrients. Nutrients directly enter the bloodstream, creating an instant energy boost and powerful detox response.
Carrot juice in particular, has many benefits and has been a large part of my husband's healing protocol and nutritional balancing program. Regular consumption of carrot juice boosts the immune system, improves digestion, liver function & detox, balances skin problems, increases metabolism, supports healthy vision, discourages water retention, ulcers and anemia. (Source) It's also cheap compared to other juicing vegetables and is available year-round!
Though carrots have a high sugar content, they are a very good blood sugar regulator, which (for most people's high-sugar lifestyles) is a huge help. The juice is also rich with biotin, potassium, bioavailable calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals, pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.
- Vitamin A: 340% of your daily recommended dose for healthy skin
- Potassium: 18% DV for proper fluid balance and muscle function
- Vitamin C: 3mg to pump up your immune system
- Vitamin E: 0.3mg for the synthesis of hormones and to maintain healthy cells
- B Vitamins: For your nervous system and brain function - Source
Since we work so hard during yoga to balance the nervous system and the body, detoxify with twists and work toward a balanced mind and body, carrot juice is a wonderful complement to top off your yoga practice and continue healthy detox off the mat.
If you've never had fresh juice or don't regularly drink it, here are some general tips:
1) Drink juice on an empty stomach at least 1 hour after eating or at least 15 minutes before a meal.
2) Do not chug the juice. Drinking any fresh juice too fast could cause an upset stomach or result in what we'll just refer to as a powerful detox response.... :) You also need to give your body time to release the saliva that contains digestive enzymes, crucial in delivering the nutrients to your cells.
3) As soon as your freshly made juice gets exposed to air, its live enzymes begin to degrade, therefore decreasing the nutritional content. All Wholehearter juices will be made fresh, but always be sure to drink your juice within a day of purchase.
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