As we head into the tail end of the year and the “ber” months make us wonder what to eat for the holidays, it’s a good time to think about how our eating habits have an impact on our well-being. You may be spending 20 minutes running on the treadmill every day, but if you’re snacking on chips and eating Nutella straight from the jar after your workouts, let’s face it, that’s not a healthy way to live. However, you don’t have to wait until January 2018 to make better food choices. You can get into the healthy zone the minute you say no to that greasy appetizer and say yes to juicing for your health.
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Reasons why you should try juicing
The Philippines is where you can find lots of healthy and natural foods that can benefit your health. Mangoes, pineapples, bananas, and other tropical fruits and vegetables are plentiful in the country, while the seas are teeming with fish that are a perfect source of protein. However, recent studies have shown that most Filipinos have unhealthy eating habits and are malnourished due to overeating. According to a joint report by the UNICEF and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), obesity in the Philippines has jumped from 1% in the early 90’s to 400% in recent years. As obesity can lead to other health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and coronary heart disease, it’s crucial to make better food choices to improve one’s health and quality of life.
Juicing and certain juice combinations can help you to eliminate toxins from the body, which can result in better digestion, weight loss, clearer skin, and more energy. Moreover, it’s a great way to consume more fresh produce on a daily basis as you can combine different fruits and vegetables to make one serving. It’s also an easy and convenient way to improve your diet as you can prepare your juice combinations the night before and take a few bottles of the juice with you to school or work the next day. Here are 3 very Pinoy juice combinations that will help you look good and feel good.
Malunggay and kalamansi juice
This combination may help to lower cholesterol levels, and malunggay leaves promote lactation, making it especially good for breastfeeding moms. Simply boil a cup of malunggay leaves in 2 cups of water, and when the water turns green, turn down the heat and add 2 pandan leaves for added flavor. Add the juice of one kalamansi and 2 teaspoons of honey into the mixture and chill before drinking.
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Pechay and pineapple
Pechay or bok choy contains magnesium which can help to eliminate toxins, while pineapple has vitamin C which can boost immunity and make skin look radiant. To make this combination, use a juicer to process a handful of pechay and one cup of pineapple. Add half of a small cucumber to increase the vitamin C content of this juice.
Ampalaya and apple
Ampalaya or bitter melon can help to reduce blood sugar levels, while apples are rich in antioxidants and may help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Juice one ampalaya, two apples, and the juice of 5 kalamansi and chill before drinking.
Try any of these Pinoy juice combinations today to look good and feel good. Start juicing today, to improve your health the natural way.
Jane Sandwood is a content manager for a small fitness and nutrition site and a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to diet, nutrition, and fitness.
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