Juicy ways to better health
Juice bars can be found in most cities in Southeast Asia and the whole world is now aware of the benefits of different blends of fruit and vegetables. In Bangkok, you can grab a fresh, mixed juice from a stall at many Skytrain stations, while in other cities like Tokyo you can stop for a fruit burst while you’re shopping in a mall. As we all know, fruit and vegetables are high in various minerals, vitamins, and proteins, so by sipping one down every day you can stock up on most of your required intake in a single glass. What’s more, when you mix different types of vegetables and fruit you can address specific health issues or build up immunities by cleansing the liver and even cleaning the blood.
Different fruit and vegetable families offer distinctive health benefits. Bananas are high in potassium, for example, while papaya contains useful digestive enzymes to help break down other foods in the body. More exotic ingredients have also made their way onto the menus at spas and wellness centres around the island. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that’s rich in proteins, minerals and anti-oxidants. It also contains zinc, copper, iron and essential fatty acids. This has made it a very popular ingredient amongst health practitioners. Official research has yet to be completed on the healing properties of Spirulina, but many claim that it protects the immune system and can also reduce the effects of allergies. The bright green colour and thick texture puts some people off, but the taste resemble banana and it certainly won’t do you any harm.
Beyond juices, flavourings and culinary additions like black pepper, lemon juice, coriander and ginger not only add to the taste of your food, they also provide an extra health boost. Blends such as celery and parsley combined, for example, are known to be good for arthritis, while if you mix in papaya, this can help asthma sufferers. Lettuce and celery help induce restful sleep, while blackberry or grape with parsley helps protect the body against anemia. If you have low blood pressure, try green peppers with garlic.\
Across SE Asia, it is easy to source fresh fruit and vegetables and most of them are much cheaper than in the west. This means restaurants can serve delicious combinations for the same price as less healthy manufactured drinks. The good choice of succulent tropical fruit adds extra flavour to any juice mix and suits the tropical surroundings that characterize most of the island’s spas. Healthy Juice Mixes Liver cleanse: pineapple, carrot, beetroot and lime. Skin tonic: carrot, capsicum and spinach Stress reduction: apple, pineapple, mint and lime or tomato, carrot, coriander, broccoli and celery. Immunity improver: apple, carrot,lemon, ginger and garlic.