Orangeade - the Inflammation Destroyer
This beautiful orangeade is sweet, refreshing and so tasty that you want to drink the entire cup in a few seconds, but I encourage you to slow down and enjoy every super healthy drop of this deliciousness.
It’s a mix of orange, lemon, apples, carrots, ginger, and turmeric. I’ve added extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of black pepper to the recipe to help the body absorb the nutrients. Especially the active component in turmeric, curcumin, needs fat to make it past the stomach, into the small intestine. Furthermore adding a chemical known as piperine found in black pepper can increase the amount of curcumin your body can absorb.
About the ingredients
- Oranges and lemons are very high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a role in protecting joints, boosting your immune system and has many beneficial effects on inflammation throughout your entire body. Your body absorbs and uses vitamin C immediately and excretes any excess. Since it is not stored, it is important for you to consume vitamin C-rich foods all through the day. Furthermore it helps boost collagen too. Their inflammation-fighting properties in citrus fruits are found in the skin as well as the juice and flesh.
- Ginger will help if you have any redness or puffiness on your face and studies have shown that ginger contains pharmacological properties of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It also contains antioxidant properties, which further help protect your cells from inflammation.
- Carrots are a good natural source of vitamins A, K, and C.
- Vitamin K maintains your blood's ability to clot. It also contributes to bone strength and kidney health. One medium carrot contains 8 mcg of vitamin K.
- This medium size carrot also contains 6 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, which, in addition to the above mentioned, also is associated with strong teeth and gums. Vitamin C can also help your body absorb iron from plant foods.
- The carrot contains 204 percent of your daily-recommended value of vitamin A - also known as retinol, is responsible for maintaining the health of your eyes.
- Apples are also rich in the immune boosting vitamin C and a source of quercetin, an antioxidant. This particular antioxidant can help increase energy and endurance during physical activity. Like other antioxidants, quercetin also contributes to decreased inflammation in the body.
- Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is an antioxidant that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties in conditions such as arthritis, muscle sprains and other injuries. In addition, turmeric may prevent and slow cancer growth, protect against liver disease and help reduce symptoms of digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
In short, this drink is an internal shower bath that cleanses and nourishes skin, organs and cells.
Ingredients (prefer organic):
- 1 Orange (peeled)
- 1 Lemon (peeled)
- 2 apples
- 4 medium carrots
- 1-inch ginger (peeled)
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- Wash and prep the ingredients.
- Run the first four ingredients though the juicer.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend with an immersion blender