Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Celery contains a plant compound called Apigenin, which has been found to possess anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral properties…great for supporting the immune system this winter. It is fantastic for hydration, supporting the digestive system, low in calories, helps to lower blood pressure, good for the skin, hair and bones and is a great source of vitamin c, potassium and calcium.
Apples (or fresh apple juice) help support the immune system too as they are also rich in vitamin c, antioxidants and contain many plant compounds including Quercetin (a great anti -inflammatory).
Ginger is great in shots as it provides a powerful kick, but is also linked to helping alleviate gastrointestinal issues, plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body, supports the immune system, rejuvenates skin and increases energy levels. It also contains anti- microbial properties. Ginger contains many important nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C, B5 and B6, along with a good amount of the mineral’s potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries in medicine and for cooking. The ancient Egyptians used it to aid weight loss. It is made by yeast being added to crushed apples, which causes the sugars in the apples to ferment and turn into alcohol. After this, bacteria are added which causes the alcohol to ferment further into acetic acid (vinegar), which is thought to provide the health benefits for which Apple cider vinegar is re-nouned (although there are very few research studies on this vinegar). Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains a substance called the “mother,” which consists of enzymes, strands of proteins, and ‘good’ bacteria that give the vinegar a cloudy appearance. Apple cider vinegar is thought to lower some bacterial colonies such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are linked to inflammatory health conditions and certain gut issues such as leaky gut syndrome (there is more to write about re Apple cider vinegar but I will do so in a further article).
Lemons are a fab source of vitamin c, fibre and numerous healthy plant compounds. They provide numerous health benefits including aiding the absorption of iron from plant foods, which can sometimes be more difficult.
All of these amazing ingredients combined together pack a great nutritional punch which not only help reduce bloating but provide us with energy, help to reduce inflammation, are great for the skin and support the immune system.
Ingredients (Makes 2 shots – double up as appropriate and keep covered in the fridge)
- 2 apples peeled, destalked and sliced
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, crushed
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
- Splash of fresh apple juice (optional)
Place all of the ingredients into a juicer and juice well. Store in the fridge in a jug covered and have a shot served in the morning with breakfast! Enjoy!