Carrot Orange Ginger Juice

by Dr. Alexa Chichak, ND
What better time to jam-pack your diet with nutrients? This juice is so delicious but is also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients.
Ginger is best known as an anti-nausea agent, but it is truly a super herb. It has been shown to be antimicrobial, immunomodulating, antiviral, as well as antioxidative. It can act also act as a lipid lowering agent (good for cardiovascular health). It’s also super tasty and adds a kick to any juice. Carrots are rich in micronutrients- phenolic acids, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and more. Carotenoids have been shown to upregulate immune function, anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory and exhibit lipid lowering effect as well. Oranges (besides being absolutely delicious) are an excellent source of Vitamin C and carotenoids as well.
That being said, there are so many factors involved in a healthy immune system- diet, stress, cardiovascular health, age, etc. Nutrients from food play just a small role in immune function. See your naturopathic doctor for a full assessment and treatment plan tailored to suit your individual needs.
When I make ‘juices’ they are technically smoothies as I leave all the pulp in. Pulp= fibre, which decreases the blood sugar response to the juice, as well as the digestive benefits of fibre. However, feel free to make in your juicer, or remove the pulp after blending by filtering through a nut milk bag.

INGREDIENTS

3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 navel oranges
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, sliced
water
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until well combined. Add water until consistency of your liking. Add ice to taste. Optionally, remove pulp. Store in the fridge, drink in 1-2 days and shake before drinking. Note that depending on sweetness of carrots, you might need to adjust the carrot:orange ratio. If your carrots are bitter, you may need to add more oranges.
 
Dr. Alexa Chichak is a Naturopathic Doctor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic Monday through Fridays. Click here to book an appointment with Dr. Alexa.
Disclaimer: Information can be empowering, but we all have unique health profiles and needs. Health-related information contained in this post is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor. The advice is intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider.  Always consult your licensed Naturopathic Physician.