When I my wife first introduced me, albeit kicking and screaming, to raw vegetable juices it was completely self-serving on her part. She was sick and tired of hearing my moans and groans from the pains I experienced in various joints and throughout my back. It wasn’t that I was an old arthritic man; rather more a slightly less than middle aged one. Over the years I had accumulated a number of what I call micro-traumas from working as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Micro-traumas add up.
So when she told me that I could feel better if I started “juicing” of course I told her that I wasn’t going to start drinking carrot juice or other strange stuff because my Motrin works just fine thank you very much. Well being a happily married man it wasn’t long before I was drinking significant amounts of carrot and other juices.
Okay, once you get over you’re initial “I don’t like carrot juice,” it’s fine and even tastes good. However, I will warn you about one thing; don’t drink fresh raw juices fast. I found quckly downing 16 ounces of raw juice was such a large nutritional blast to my system that I got a short-term headache. Drinking in a more civilized manner prevented that problem. Lesson, don’t drink fresh juice like you drank beer at those fraternity parties you attended back at college.
So the up shot was that over a three month period my pain began to ease up. It never went away, but I was able to drastically decrease my pain medications. So now that I have developed high blood pressure, thank you Dad, I am turning to juicing to hep me out there as well.
Beet Juice can Lower High-Blood Pressure
It has been found that 500 ml of beet juice a day can help reduce blood pressure. This effects generally occurs an hour after ingestion and peaks within three to four hours with some effect continuing for up to 24 hours. Not bad for a sweet beet. If you want to learn more try this link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080205123825.htm. Of course, don’t stop any high-blood pressure medication unless directed by your doctor.
Beet juice is pretty intense raw, although boiled with onions and served with a spoonful of sour cream it goes down a lot easier, I find that cutting it with other items is very helpful. Here are a few mixtures you can try:
Beet and Apple
6 medium sized beets
3 large sweet apples of your choice
Beet and Carrot
8 large carrots
6 medium sized beets
Ginger, Orange and Beet
About 1 inch of ginger root
3 large naval oranges
4 medium sized beets