A low metabolism is a drag, literally; it causes fatigue, lower blood pressure, potassium deficiency, hair loss, mild depression, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, and brittle nails. A poor diet can be behind a slow metabolism, and lack of physical activity contributes too. To boost your metabolism and burn off calories, try some of these juices. They’re easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious.
Celery is what’s known as a “zero calorie food;” you burn more calories chewing and digesting it than the food contains. Rich in fiber but a hard vegetable to love, blended celery makes an energizing juice. Chop two stalks of celery, an apple (good for cleansing and skin health), and a few carrots for skin and eye support. Throw all that in the blender with a teaspoon of lemon juice (vitamin C calms nerves), two cups of water, and a pinch of cinnamon; blend until smooth. This smoothie is a meal in itself, and will get your metabolism running smoothly, especially as a breakfast drink.
2. Cranberry juice
A very healthy drink, cranberry juice contains a plant chemical called proanthocyanidins, which stop bacteria from adhering to the walls of cells. This curious property makes cranberry juice an effective treatment—and preventative—of urinary tract infections and gum disease. Besides this, cranberry juice has zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, all of which support cellular energy exchange, revving up the metabolism.
3. Beet juice
The bright red color of beets tells you what the vegetable cleans in the body: blood. Beets are a blood purifier, and they assist in the production of red blood cells. Beet juice also cures troubles in the digestive system and the circulatory system, which leads to a faster metabolism and more energy. Beets increase glutathione production in the body; this helps the immune system neutralize cancer causing free radicals and other environmental toxins. Use a ratio of four chopped beets to two glasses of cold water, blended in a food processor or blender until smooth. Tossing in a handful of mint leaves will take some of the bitterness away while adding a skin cleanser.
4. Banana and cinnamon
Not technically a juicing fruit, bananas make a tasty smoothie that will jump-start your metabolism. Two bananas, two cups of almond milk and two teaspoons of cinnamon blended together: that’s it, and it’s delicious (it tastes a little like horchata). Cinnamon is a warm spice, the kind that offers energy and speeds digestion. Bananas are rich in potassium, B vitamins, and magnesium. Magnesium helps the body metabolize energy, potassium regulates cell water levels, and B vitamins assist cells in processing fats for hydration.
5. Lemon juice
This entry is probably the easiest juice to make—squeeze a lemon in a glass of water—and still it speeds up the metabolism. Vitamin C works on the immune system and nervous system, quieting inflammation in the body. This is especially important in the intestines; the less trouble there is in this organ, the greater the energy released into the blood. Vitamin C also helps the body produce collagen, which is good for people are prone to brittle hair and nails (a frequent side effect of anemia or other low metabolic states).
6. Grapefruit juice
Grapefruits are powerful metabolism boosters, aiding with weight loss. Grapefruit is able to reduce high insulin levels in the bloodstream, which helps the body to metabolize fat instead of storing it. Grapefruit juice is easy to make with a juicer or a strainer; if it’s too bitter for your taste, add a little agave.
Watermelon juice is extremely hydrating, and for this reason it’s a metabolism booster. Many people are walking around slightly dehydrated, which results in fatigue, irritability, and saggy skin. A few slices of watermelon (no rind) tossed into a juicer makes a refreshing summer drink, especially if you add a few mint leaves and a shot of seltzer water.
Berries are loaded with antioxidants, and many are blood purifiers (raspberries, strawberries); other berries, like blueberries and blackberries help detoxify the liver, and both of these functions increase metabolic function. Combine a third of a cup each of raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate in the blender, add a banana and enough water to thin the drink to your liking. Blend well and drink a cup for your health.
9. Green tea
Not technically juice, green tea is on this list because it’s a strong metabolism booster and has been shown to help people lose weight. Brew eight cups of green tea, peel and toss in a tangerine, and add a handful of mint leaves. Put this drink in the refrigerator until it’s cold (which usually takes a minimum of two hours), and drink a glass or two whenever you like. Unlike black teas, green tea is naturally decaffeinated, so this drink won’t keep you up at night.
10. Apple juice
Finally, one of the simplest and longest loved juices: apple juice. The antioxidants in apple juice prevent signs of premature aging (wrinkles, discoloration), and its high fiber content ensures a steady release of energy throughout the day, unlike sodas or high-sugar juices. Choose an organic apple juice, to be sure you’re not unintentionally drinking pesticides, or, better yet, pick up some apples at the farmer’s market and juice them at home.