It's so Natural | Giving body and soul a boost ... with juice

LIQUID GOLD: Fruits and veggies are a veritable cornucopia of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and in the right combinations can help maintain good health. When it comes to taste, there's nothing better.
LIQUID GOLD: Fruits and veggies are a veritable cornucopia of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and in the right combinations can help maintain good health. When it comes to taste, there's nothing better.

Juices are a great way to top up your vitamin and mineral supply. They can be pure or blended for a health-giving drink.

If using a blender to prepare your fruit and vegetable juices, peel and core the fruit, then strain after blending. When using a juice extractor, the fruit or vegetables can be left whole

Apples aid in digestion and heal intestinal inflammation and beetroot is a natural blood builder. Cucumber acts as an alkaliniser and mineraliser and cabbage is a great source of vitamin U and a natural source of healing for ulcers.

Of all the juices, carrot is the best balanced in minerals and vitamins, and celery is a natural nerve tonic.

Endive is rich in vitamins and minerals, kale is rich in calcium and vitamins A, B and C, and parsley is high in organic iron content which aids blood coagulation, and is good for the eyes, glands and nerves.

Popular orange juice is rich in calcium, vitamins A and C, and phosphorus, and tomatoes are rich in most minerals.

As part of your breakfast, the following special blend will give you the energy to face the day.

Strain 200mls of fresh carrot juice, 150mls of fresh celery juice and 50mls of fresh beet juice through muslin to make them pulp-free. Store excess juice in the refrigerator. For best digestion, sip slowly.

To help to maintain energy levels during the day, this fruit juice cocktail will give you that extra boost needed to cope with the pressures of work.

Process in a blender, one large pineapple, peeled and sliced, 125mls of fresh orange juice, one handful of parsley, and two stalks of celery. Strain before drinking. Store excess juice in the refrigerator to drink during the day.

At the end of a busy day try this healthy pick-me-up. Process in a blender or juice extractor two tomatoes, one carrot, two stalks of celery and one sprig of fresh parsley.

An apple and cucumber 'cooler' will refresh on hot summer days. Juice two apples and half-a-cucumber in a juice extractor or blender and pour over ice cubes. Drink immediately.

Or for a real vitamin C boost, process in a blender two peeled oranges, two pears and one lemon.

Then there are times when we like to indulge in something sweet and a little sinful, but with all the great summer fruits available you can enjoy a really yummy treat without the fear of an expanding waistline.

This 'strawberry delight' is a healthy and exotic-tasting treat. Process in a blender or juice extractor 500g of watermelon, skin and seeds removed, and 155g of hulled strawberries. Enjoy!