Juicing Your Way to Better Circulation

Oh, the adventures of juicing on your own! The other day I had a serious juicing catastrophe – I went out on a limb and followed an online recipe that called for two cloves of garlic and an entire thumb of ginger (NEVER try this at home). Despite my pungent and spicy experience, I knew I couldn’t give up. I decided to go to an expert, which is how I got to talking with Hanna Gregor, the founder of a San Diego-based company called OH! Juice. OH! Juice is all about using raw, organic and locally sourced produce to make cold-pressed juices that taste and feel good.

photo of Hanna Gregor, the founder of OH! Juice together with VIM & VIGR Compression Socks

Within minutes, it was clear that I had made a very wise choice to get in touch with Hanna; she is both passionate and incredibly knowledgeable in nutrition and the importance of having healthy blood circulation. I told her about my most recent juicing experience and how I resorted to using the “toddler technique” of holding my nose shut as I gulped down my concoction (I mean, it was for the sake of better blood health!). She laughed and told me that if anyone puts the time, money and effort into making a juice, they better make it palatable – bingo. Here are three things I learned from Hanna about juicing for better circulation:

  1. Utilize produce rich in vitamin c, nitrate and potassium. These include dark leafy greens, root vegetables and citrus fruits, among others. Benefits include overall circulatory health, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure levels, improved joint flexibility and so much more.
  2. Focus on your base. Veggies that have high water content make great juice bases; try using romaine lettuce, celery stalks, cucumbers and other tasty, low-sugar greens.
  3. Create a routine. Sticking to a juicing schedule can be challenging if you don’t plan ahead – map out how many juices you want to make over one week (Hanna recommends starting with 2-3) and practice buying produce in bulk (and on sale!).

If you’re feeling informed, motivated and ready to juice, take this delicious recipe for a spin, courtesy of Hanna! Be sure to tell us all about your juicing adventure – we love pictures!

Root Juice

  • ½ medium sized beet
  • 1 orange
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • ½ thumb of ginger
  • 1 carrot

Cold press or juice your ingredients, shake and serve!

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