Recovery

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Recovery comes in many forms. It can be physical, from an accident or injury. It can be emotional, from something as small as a hurtful slight to something big, recovering from the death of a loved relative or friend. Both physical and emotional recovery require us to take care of ourselves and to make sure our bodies are getting the right nutrition they need to heal themselves, as well as time of course, which is really the best healer of all.

These past few weeks the Jones family had a few physical recoveries to deal with, especially in the knees department! Dear Archie had a collision involving a tree and his knee, whilst enjoying some after dark sledding (not the best parenting decision there Jane!), Kipper the dog paid the price of too much chipmunk chasing last fall, and had to have surgery to stabilize her knee following a tear of her cruciate ligament.

Thankfully both Archie and Kipper are good patients and have rested, done as their respective doctors have told them and are well on the road to recovery.

Part of that recovery has been to have a daily dose of good old juice – yes even Kipper! They both know better than to argue with me, and in fact, it has not been a hardship to get either of them to drink it down. The ingredients have been chosen to boost their immune systems, help with inflammation and build their bones, as well as tasting delicious of course!

Hopefully this juice boost will aid their recovery and they will both be bouncing around again before too long. Archie between the posts of the goal on the soccer pitch, and Kipper training for the chipmunk chasing Olympics!

Ginger, Pineapple and Beets form the basis of this juice, with the ginger playing a key role in any post surgery or recovery juice because of it’s great all round healing qualities. Pineapple, as is well documented, contains bromelain that is a fabulous anti-inflammatory enzyme which can help both pre and post surgery. Beets help cleanse the blood which is helpful when you’ve been taking lots of pain medication. It helps to remove impurities from the circulation system and build up the blood to help it carry all these great nutrients and let them get to work! I add a couple of carrots and some celery sticks too, for good measure.

It really is a delicious juice, so give it a whirl, even if you don’t have a sore knee!

Recovery Juice

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Carrots  7

Celery 1

Beet 1

Pineapple 1″ slice

Lime 1/4

Make sure to wash all the ingredients, but don’t peel any of them.  Whizz them through the juicer and enjoy!