If you’re tired of relying on that cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, why not try a healthier approach? It’s time to dig your juicer out of the cupboard, dust it off, and get ready for an all-natural energy boost.
What’s Wrong With a Cup of Coffee?
While some may argue that there are some health benefits to drinking coffee, there are certainly many drawbacks. Coffee is a strong diuretic. Does it make any sense to drink something that makes it more difficult for you to stay hydrated? Consuming caffeine may give you a quick pick me-up, but it's usually followed by a crash. Also, not only does drinking coffee not provide any nourishment, it actually steals vitamins and minerals from your body. What a wasted opportunity!
Why Fresh Juices Are Far Superior
Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices help nourish each and every cell in your body, providing them with enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. If you juice regularly, you will experience a noticeable improvement in your energy level, and as a welcome side effect, you will begin to crave nourishing, wholesome foods. Likewise, as your body starts to become properly nourished, your cravings for overly processed, fatty foods that leave you with lower energy levels and poor overall health will diminish. With a better diet comes better health and more energy.
Get Your Day Started Right
Drinking fresh juice is one of the most powerful ways to jumpstart your day. It can also help undo the damage caused by drinking too much coffee and replenish your body with needed vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Remember, "breakfast" really means to break the night-long fast your body has just endured. Doesn't fresh juice sound like a better way to break a fast than a cup of coffee? While it may not kick in immediately, fresh juice can be absorbed into the bloodstream and start renewing your energy within 15 minutes if drunk on an empty stomach.
Kicking the Coffee Habit
It can be hard to kick the coffee habit (or any habit) unless you replace it with a higher taste. Some people are very attached to the taste and smell of fresh-brewed coffee, but they pale in comparison to the straight-from-the-garden taste, the vibrant colors, the fresh, sweet smell, and the refreshing burst of energy you’ll get from that morning glass of juice. Adding fresh juicing to your morning routine is actually quite easy—and so delicious. Once you feel the effects of drinking fresh juices, you’ll wake up in the morning longing for your ultimate morning drink.
Here is a perfect recipe from Wai Lana's Favorite Juices to start your day:
This is a delicious new favorite of mine that’s good any time of the day. Bursting with nutrients like omega-3 essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, and silicon, this juice is a general health tonic.
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 apple
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- 1 heaping handful sunflower sprouts
Boost Add a teaspoon of green grass powder or an ounce of wheatgrass juice.
Benefits These combined ingredients help cleanse and soothe the gastrointestinal tract. They have a calming effect on the nervous system and help strengthen the gallbladder, liver, and circulatory and lymphatic systems. Silicon strengthens and tones all body tissues, including skin, arteries, and muscles.