Like day 1, day 2 also starts with my regular wake up juice, the Ginger Shot. Today, this is followed by 2 portions of the Veg Power Smoothie and a little bad boy called Ruby Tuesday.
Jason Vale calls this his tribute to the ‘Rolling Stones’ and is a rich, nutritious beetroot and carrot juice combined with sweet creamy pineapple juice, a mellow hint of basil and a cheeky kick of ginger. As is by magic, the BBC News today featured an article on how drinking beetroot juice can lower blood pressure.
Drinking 250ml (8oz) cut high blood pressure readings by 10mm of mercury (mmHg) in a study of 15 patients, bringing some into the normal range, the journal Hypertension reports.
Most marked after three to six hours, the effect was detectable a day later.
Scientists say the nitrate in beetroot widens blood vessels to aid flow. And many people with angina use a nitrate drug to ease their symptoms.
The researchers, from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, who have been studying beetroot’s blood pressure lowering effects for years, say more work is still needed.
And they warn there could be one unexpected consequence of drinking beetroot juice – it can turn your urine pink.
Nitrate is found naturally in soil, where it is taken in by vegetables through the roots to help them grow.
Researcher Dr Amrita Ahluwalia said: “We were surprised by how little nitrate was needed to see such a large effect.
“Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health.”
Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, said: “It supports current advice that we should all be eating plenty of green veg.
“But we need larger studies in patients to determine if nitrate-rich vegetables are effective at lowering blood pressure over the long term.”
2 medium carrots
1 small bulb of raw beetroot
Chunk of fresh ginger root (The recipe states ½ cm chunk, but I love ginger so added a bit more)
4 sprigs of fresh basil with leaves
Simply Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice.
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2013 Miles in 2013
I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.
The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles and in March I completed 185.7 miles. If you can please spare £5.93 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.
The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.
2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules
The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:
- All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
- I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment
To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.