Here’s an unusual and surprisingly tasty juice recipe for better skin and hair using raw potato juice and other tonic vegetables.
Let’s have a look at the different nutrients in each ingredient and how they can benefit your hair and skin.
Recipe for 2
1 medium bok choy, organic or soaked in hot water and vinegar to minimize pesticides.
The bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, has a much milder taste than regular cabbage, yet is packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrition for better skin and hair. Pro-vitamin A antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and a variety of B vitamins found in bok choy are all potentially beneficial for your skin. Alongside these, bok choy also contains a broad spectrum of minerals for stronger, healthier hair.
2 large organic carrots, scrubbed.
These really should be bought organic since, as healthy as they are, carrots can absorb pesticides and even heavy metals and other contaminants from the ground they’re grown in.
Alkalizing carrot juice has a powerful cleansing effect on your liver, which helps to ease the elimination burden on your skin for improved skin tone. Antioxidants like alpha and beta-carotene protect your skin cells from free radical damage and trace minerals in carrots like copper, iodine and zinc help maintain hair color and prevent grey hair.
1 large cucumber, organic or soaked and scrubbed with vinegar or peeled.
Cucumber is a rich source of silica for maintaining your skin’s firmness and elasticity and growing strong and resilient hair. It also produces a very cooling vegetable juice and can help reduce skin redness and irritation.
2 medium sized raw potatoes, preferably organic, soaked in hot water and vinegar and scrubbed well.
An unusual juicing ingredient perhaps, but raw potato juice is actually very good for you. Full of collagen enhancing vitamin C and with many hair and skin protecting minerals, raw potato juice is particularly interesting for it’s high levels of the catalase enzyme.
A lack of catalase at the hair follicle has recently been found to be a likely culprit in premature grey hair due to hydrogen peroxide. Whether drinking more catalase enzyme in fresh vegetable juices like this can directly protect your hair from turning grey is not known. However catalase is a powerful antioxidant with many potential benefits and a healthier body in general will usually lead to healthier hair.
How to Make Carrot, Cucumber, Bok Choy and Raw Potato Juice
Prepare your vegetables for juicing by washing and scrubbing as described above. Depending on the size of your juicer chute you may need to cut the potatoes and other vegetables to fit.
This Omega nutrition center that I use will fit most vegetables easily and the masticating action derives around double the juice out of greens like bok choy compared to regular juicers. The way it crushes the juice out of vegetables, rather than spinning at high speed like most juicing equipment does, also significantly reduces juice oxidization.
Once your vegetables are prepared start with the carrots (the densest vegetable in this recipe), followed by the softer bok choy. Next feed in the potatoes and finish with the watery cucumber to wash the last of the juice through.
Mix it all up and drink this vegetable juice skin and hair tonic immediately for the most enzymes, nutrients and potency.
Have you tried vegetable juices like this and especially raw potato juice to improve your hair and skin? Are there any other veggies you’d suggest adding? Please let me know in the comments below what you’d add to this recipe.