Exam time? Grab the Juicer
Forget the endless late-night bowls of cornflakes - help your teen juice their way through exam stress. Here's why.
Last year, I had one of those rare ‘me’ weekends; I took myself off to the South Devon coast for a wellbeing retreat. Hosted by Sandra Watson of Heart & Sole Wellbeing, I experienced a total mind, body and soul reboot and God, I needed it. You can read about my experience here, but the knowledge that really stayed with me after I left, was how a-w-e-s-o-m-e juicing is – and not just for losing a few pounds when you’ve a tight dress to fight your way into, like, errr, now.
So awesome, in fact, that if you’ve a son or a daughter navigating their way through the stress of revision and exams right now and you’re feeling a bit helpless, keeping them supplied with a fridge-full of juices to balance out the late-night bowls of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, is about the most useful thing you can do. Here’s why, according to Sandra – and this woman knows her beetroots from her bananas. Over to you, juicing genius!
Juicing for students is actually a nigh on perfect solution to helping overworked students maintain their physical and mental health. Even the most resilient and self sufficient youngsters must struggle with the volume of academic work. Using freshly squeezed fruit and veg juices as a supplement to the diet could well be the healthy way forward all year round, but especially in exam term to boost creativity, alertness and concentration.
10 reasons why juicing is good news for students (and you too!):
1/ It’s cheap – the cost of most fruit and veg is still very affordable
2/ It’s a super-easy way to eat a kilo of veg in one sitting. Winning!
3/ Juices have a supremely high level of nutrient density
4/ Since there’s no fibre to digest, it only takes 10-15 minutes for the nutrients to get into your bloodstream and work their magic.
5/ Juicing fits in with a vegan or vegetarian diet, that can otherwise be very tricky to maintain healthily in a student environment.
6/ The high organic water content of juices makes them a fabulous source for keeping the brain hydrated.
7/ Juices are super clean – no additives and no nutrients get lost in the oxidation process after juicing.
8/ Fresh juices are a great hangover cure for detoxing the liver and rehydrating, and doesn’t that fit well with the student lifestyle?!
9/ Stress-related issues are linked with high levels of inflammation in the body. Many of the pure nutrients found in fresh fruit and vegetable juices do their bit to ease these levels of inflammation and so help prevent chronic illnesses.
10/ It’s an easy way to sneak in tastes that you wouldn’t normally go for and hide them under the sweetness of something else.
Feeling inspired to give it a go? Here’s a few simple juicing recipes to get you started.
Citrus – 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1/2 lemon
The lowdown: this one’s great for the skin (when stress can cause breakouts). It’s also good for alleviating stress, plus helps to build a strong immune system.
Beetroot – 1 beetroot, 8 carrots, 1 apple, 1/2 lemon
The lowdown: this makes for good brain food and it’s an energy booster, too. The anti-inflammatory properties help counter the effects of stress, equalise blood sugar and normalise blood pressure.
Flu-fighter – 1 sweet potato, 5 carrots, 1-2 oranges, 1/2 lemon
The lowdown: just as the name suggests, this one’s great at boosting the immunity to help keep you feeling strong when super-busy. It’s also effective at detoxing the liver.
Kale and Hearty – 1 bag of kale, 1/4 small pineapple, 1 lime
The lowdown: Another brilliant brain food concoction, that’ll give a much-needed energy boost while you’re at it.
Popeye Special – 1 bag of spinach, 1/2 cucumber, 1 stick celery, 1/2 lemon, 1-2 oranges
The lowdown: green goodness in a glass! This one will boost the brain, energy levels and immunity.
Ginger Bazzinga – a chunk of ginger, chunk of fresh turmeric (or 1/8 tsp turmeric powder), 1 apple, 1/2 lemon, pinch black pepper
The lowdown: anti inflammatory properties will help to relieve the negative affects of stress.
Feeling like you could do with a bit of recharge time? Check out Sandra and her fab wellbeing retreats at heartandsolewellbeing.co.uk