During these trying times when the nation is under lockdown due to the pandemic Coronavirus, it is important that we restrain ourselves from junk eating and detox until we get back to work. The heart is the central energy organ that makes us live a fulfilling life. By now we all understand how critical it is to take care of our heart. Be it the plethora of emotions we experience or supplying oxygenated blood to our body – the heart has a big role to play in our well being. And so when it comes to taking care of the heart, eating heart-healthy food and drinking heart-healthy drinks is important! Dr. Manoj Kutteri, who is the wellness director at Atmatnan Wellness Centre, says diet is second only to exercise! A glass of healthy juice can add a nutritious boost to your heart health. If you are still confused about what to blend to live longer and make your heart stronger.
Here are a few juices suggested by Dr. Kutteri, that you can make at home:
Popular by its name, the ABC juice stands for Apple, Beetroot and Carrot blended with ginger and cucumber. While beetroot has Vitamin B folate that prevents the arteries from hardening and controls blood pressure, carrots have beta carotene that fights inflammation and purifies the blood. Apple maintains the ph balance thus aiding better blood circulation.
Ginger helps decrease the triglycerides and cholesterol in the body. This refreshing, fibrous and nutritious juice helps control blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides for a healthy heart.
Combining the goodness of spinach, kale, bitter gourd, cucumber, ginger, and lemon – the green juice is a dose of nutrition in a glass. Spinach and kale are superfoods known for their folate, potassium and lutein content that helps lower the blood pressure and aids in the production of RBC.
Bittergourd acts medicinally to reduce cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and blood sugar. With cucumber, ginger, and lemon, the juice becomes a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that reduces the risk for the heart.
Amla, Grapes & Beetroot Juice
Amla is another Indian superfood enriched with amino acids that control cholesterol levels. Blend it with beetroot and red grapes to give your heart a healthy boost. The combination of these fruits is good for boosting the functioning of the heart while cutting off from the risks. Add a dash of lemon, sea salt, and black pepper to pack it with natural electrolytes and get energized.
It helps aid in the production of RBC and purifying the blood as well. For people experiences Congestive heart failure, it’s a great drink to boost heart health.
Berry & Plum Juice
The berry fruits like strawberry, raspberry, blueberries, etc are packed with antioxidants and polyphenols. Blueberry, in particular, helps protect the heart from the damaging of the free radicals. The black plum is also a high oxidant fruit with the potential of purifying the blood, regulating sugar levels and decreasing the risks of cardiovascular diseases. Blend blueberry, black plum, choice of greens and acai powder to get a berry juice that protects the heart from several diseases. It purifies the blood and helps improve blood circulation.
Cucumber, Celery & Pear Green Juice
Celery is a wonder ingredient for the heart as it contains phthalides. It helps relax the walls of the arteries thereby reducing blood pressure and improving blood circulation. Cucumber has antioxidants and contains 80% water which gives you good hydration. The refreshing cucumber and pear fruit can be combined with a lot of celery to make a green fibrous juice that is tasty and healthy. It aids the protection of the heart and regulating the functioning by curbing out the risks to the heart.
Adding heart-healthy ingredients into the blender to make juice each day is a step towards taking good care of your hart. With nutritious juices to add to your diet, you aren’t just taking good care of the heart but nourishing your body as a whole for long and sustained life. One glass of juice a day can add so much life to your body that diseases shall take a back seat!