For a fabulously tangy autumnal or even spring pick-me-up try this carrot, ginger and lemon juice with a pinch of black sea salt to boost your essential mineral intake!

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. The humble carrot is one of those super antioxidant superfoods that has a multitude of health benefits…

  • They really do improve your vision – vitamin A is converted to rhodopsin in the retina, which is a purple pigment necessary for night vision. Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against other vision conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

  • Research shows that the falcarinol and falcarindiol (say that when you’ve had one too many gin and carrot juices!) in carrots have anti-cancer properties.

  • The high antioxidant properties protect cells from those troublesome free radicals helping to slow down ageing 🙂

  • Vitamin A protects the skin from sun damage and helps prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone. Topical vitamin A or retinol as reviewed in my blog post What Ingredients Should You Be Looking For In Your Skincare Products is fabulous for all these skin conditions 🙂

  • Diets high in carotenoids have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

  • The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibres in carrots bind with bile acids. This also assists the liver in flushing out toxins from the body.

  • Munching on raw carrots can help scrape plaque and food particles from your teeth, stimulate gums and prevent decay.

  • Careful not to OD on carrots though as you could end up looking like one with carotenodermia, which is when the levels of carotene in your blood are too high and your skin turns orange :-0

Ginger is a diaphoretic, meaning that it will warm you from the inside and promote perspiration, which is great if you feel a cold coming on. It is also good when you don’t have a cold and just want to warm up!

  • Ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating discomfort and pain in the stomach and is regarded as an excellent carminative, a substance that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes the intestinal tract.

  • Ginger can also reduce the symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating.

  • Ginger also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.

Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

  • Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

  • Your liver loves lemons as they are a powerful liver stimulant that helps to dissolve uric acid and other poisons.

  • Lemons assist in cleansing your bowels by increasing peristalsis (involuntary constriction of your bowel wall) helping to create a bowel movement, eliminating waste and keeping you regular 🙂

  • The citric acid in lemon juice is said to help dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

  • Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to ageing and various diseases.

  • Lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

  • Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties.

  • Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P (bioflavinoids) in lemons making it useful in treating vascular conditions such as high blood pressure.

  • Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene, which is an oil that has been shown to slow or halt the growth of cancer tumours in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.

  • And finally, when there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing (such as when mountain climbing, which I do a lot of) lemons are very helpful. The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons (hhhmmm…)

Black Sea Salt from various locations around the world including Iceland and Hawaii, contains not only essential trace minerals, but is also coloured with activated charcoal, which has detoxifying properties.

So go on, get juicing, you know it makes sense 🙂