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Juicing to lower your blood pressure

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If you’ve ever tried fresh vegetable or fruit juice, you know you just feel better when you drink it, but you may not know why. Sure, it’s full of vitamins, because it extracts the essence of the vegetable from all of the fiber, so you get concentrated nutrition. Actually, vegetables have far more benefits than just vitamins. They contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can fix specific issues in your body.

Beets are especially effective for reducing blood pressure, because they contain a component that converts to nitric oxide in the body, which causes your blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Beets also offer a number of other important health benefits, from preventing cancer to improving varicose veins. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach have a similar effect, so they’re good to add to other juices in small amounts.

Celery is another blood-pressure-lowering vegetable. Unlike regular table salt, which people with high blood pressure should avoid, celery contains a natural salt that lowers blood pressure and reduces systemic inflammation. Instead of using regular table salt, you might want to switch to pink Himalayan sea salt, which is a natural salt that many people with high blood pressure find they can consume without raising their blood pressure. Your body does require a certain amount of natural salt, but not table salt, which is a lab-created chemical substance. Some sources even contend that merely eating 4 stalks of celery per day will lower your blood pressure.

Other vegetables, such as carrots, are high in beta carotene and antioxidants that benefit the health of your cells and blood vessels. Cucumbers are hydrating and also combat inflammation. Drinking these vegetable juices alone or in combination will help you keep your blood pressure more normal.

One of my favorite combinations is beet, carrot, apple, and ginger. I also tried a combination at a juice bar that was spectacular; it contained apple, carrot, and orange juice with small amounts of lemon, honey, and ginger, and they called it the Apple Tart.

There are lots of recipes for vegetable juices that lower blood pressure. You might try the Juice Recipes for Lower Blood Pressure site, or just try some combinations of your own.

Adding a serving of fresh juice to your day will give you a feel-good boost as well as providing a rich serving of nutrients to heal your body. And if you're not a big vegetable lover, juicing is an easy way to make vegetables more inviting. To make sure you really want to invest in a juicer, try getting your fresh juice at a local juice bar first and see how you like it. Choose the flavors that sound good to you. I think you'll taste a few and then want to try more. Look for a juicer that will hold up to daily use. After going through several lesser-quality juicers that didn't hold up long, I found a keeper--the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Whichever one you choose, the key is to use it often to make fresh juice. As the video on celebrity juicing suggests, you'll not only feel better but look better too.

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