As the name of this juice suggests, this is a great painkiller recipe.
There are 2 different kinds of inflammation, acute and chronic. We’ll talk about acute inflammation here. The kind you get after an injury or a tough workout.
Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury. When you bang your finger with a hammer, for example, biochemical processes release proteins called cytokines as “emergency signals” that bring in your body’s immune cells, hormones and nutrients to fix the problem. For that to happen, your arteries dilate so you can have increased blood flow to the area and capillaries become more permeable so that white blood cells, hormones and nutrients can move into the spaces between cells. White blood cells rush into the area to deal with the injury and to help heal the body. Inflammation, and therefore pain, occurs because of all of the extra fluid that accompanies the white blood cells.
But you don’t have to hit your finger with a hammer to cause damage. Even workout sessions tear and break down your muscles. This is damage to the muscle cells and can cause pain and inflammation.
To help heal an injury or overworked and tired muscles your body needs plenty of nutrients. The faster your body can repair, the faster you will be pain free.
Celery, pineapple, and ginger are nature’s gift to us. We can use nature, not pills, which can usually cause more damage rather than be helpful, to reduce inflammation and in turn reduce pain.
** Celery is a great source of antioxidants, enzymes, folate, potassium and Vitamins K, C, B6. The antioxidants and polysaccarides in celery support your overall health which includes reducing oxidative stress which can lead to inflammation.
** Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which is another great fighter in the free-radical damage that leads to inflammation. Pineapple also contains bromelain. Bromelian works to fight inflammation by blocking the metabolites that cause swelling. Bromelian can also decrease swelling by activating a chemical in the bloodstream that breaks down fibrin (fibrin impedes blood flow).
** Ginger is one of the best pain relievers out there.The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which is in the same family as capsaicin. Gingerol works fast on the nerve endings to reduce inflammation and pain symptoms.
Here is a bonus tip for you….I enjoy this drink after dinner. Why? Because after a day of working out and being active all day I can get the nutrients in my body that will reduce inflammation so my body can get to the work of repairing while I am sleeping. Juices are the fast track for getting these nutrients into the bloodstream. Because the fiber is taken out when juicing, you don’t have to use energy digesting and breaking down the foods to extract the nutrients. They are already in liquid form and are ready to be absorbed by the blood stream right away.
Another reason I like this drink after dinner is because it reduces cravings! I don’t know about you, but there are some nights when I am searching for something sweet after a savory dinner. Once I drink this juice, the cravings are gone. No more late night snacking AND you reduce pain at the same time!
For 1 serving:
1 large rib of celery (or 2 small)
1/4 pineapple – including the core because the core has an even higher concentration of bromelain than the flesh
1 inch ginger root
- Run everything through your juice and enjoy chilled!