Holiday party season is officially in full swing, which means you probably skipped the gym to eat pigs-in-blankets and Champagne for dinner, and stay out til midnight at least once this week, right?
Since we’re all feeling a little bloated/puffy/tired/hungover at this point in the month, we turned to experts in one of the latest health crazes, juicing, to see if they could help us get through 2014 without feeling like garbage. Here, we talk to Heather Stevenson and Chris Roche of Boston’s new Thirst Juice Co. about the benefits of adding juice to your holiday diet of processed carbs and booze.
1. It can boost your immune system. The holiday season is one of the worst times to get a cold. Because even worse than waking up with a hangover post holiday party, is having to miss the party altogether if you get sick. “Kale juice is popular right now and for good reason–it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, C, E and K, and manganese. And it contains carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants which support your immune system – a crucial aspect of your health that might need a little boost this cold and flu season,” says Stevenson.
2. It can build your endurance. “Beets and beet juice are rich in antioxidants, folate and vitamin C,” says Roche. “And they taste great–one of our best sellers at Thirst is the Buddhabeet, a blend of beets, pineapple, pear, carrot and ginger. Recent studies suggest that the high concentration of nitrates in beets facilitates the flow of oxygen through the blood and thereby increases athletes’ endurance. Athlete or not, we all could probably use a little extra endurance this holiday season.”
3. It’ll help you stay hydrated. When you’re imbibing more than usual, hydration becomes even more important. “Drinking juice helps you stay hydrated,” says Roche. “During the winter months, when the air can be quite dry, it’s particularly important to stay well hydrated. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content, and the phytochemicals and folates found in greens such as spinach help protect and hydrate the skin.”
4. It can fight a hangover. Partake in too much holiday cheer? That’s right, certain juices can help counteract the effects of a hangover. Says Stevenson, “Nutrient-rich, hydrating green juice is excellent way to reboot after one too many glasses of bubbly. Pass on the greasy morning-after fried food and grab a glass of greens.”
5. It’ll add vitamins and nutrients, fast. If you’re heading to a holiday event and you’re not sure if there will be healthy options to snack on, drink a juice beforehand. “Juicing fruits and vegetables removes much of the fiber, making it easy for your body to quickly absorb the nutrients they contain. Want to preserve the fiber and feel fuller longer? Try blending the fruits and vegetables in a blender,” suggests Stevenson.
Cheers to a healthy holiday season!