Ok. I am about to list 328493 benefits of what drinking fresh pressed lemon and orange juice will do for you. It’s a long list, but I want you to REALLY read it and understand why we should be drinking this concoction every s-i-n-g-l-e day of our lives. I’ve compiled a list of important benefits AND I am sharing with you my absolute favorite recipe for making a drink that you will:
actually have time to make every single day
actually want to drink because it tastes SO good
The best part is that this drink mix is perfect for any and all skin conditions: great for skin clearing acne, dryness, wrinkles, pigmentation, and brightening. Every single person will benefit from this juice.
I’ve included the items you need with a step-by-step guide on how to make the juice. I’ve experimented with a few different versions of the juice and I like it best with a 1-to-1 ratio of 1 orange and 1 lemon. I tried adding limes but it was too tart for me. It’s so easy and delicious that even my “super picky” eating nephews love it and ask me to make it for them all the time.
It is my hope to add many recipes to the blog as skincare + health + nutrition are all one of the same. There never could be one without the other.
But first, a little education on these masterpieces that we call lemons and oranges!
Benefits of Lemon:
Fades facial scars, flushes bad bacteria from urinary tract system, combats mouth bacteria which can lead to bad breath, antibacterial, aids weight loss, supports cardiovascular health, great for constipation and elimination of bowels, increases vitamin C consumption which supports immune system and helps prevent accumulation of viruses and illness, perfect for a post-workout drink as it replaces lost salt in the body, stimulates brain nerve function, cleanses liver, reduces phlegm, regulates blood pressure, increases energy, keeps appetite at bay, helps cure common cold, great for alleviating dry scalp/dandruff and/or oily hair follicles, full of antioxidants, removes free radicals that cause aging, repairs damaged cells (such as wrinkles and fine lines), great for cardiovascular for health.
But wait, isn’t Coke Zero calorie free or something? That’s not too bad…right…? NEXT.
Benefits of Orange:
Increases white blood cell count, increases absorption of other vital nutrients, essential for collagen production (the stuff people pay big $ to inject into their face), only source of the full vitamin C complex which is only found in fresh raw oranges (not available in grocery store pasteurized juices), regulates blood sugar and insulin levels, contains 90% of recommended vitamin C, supports thyroid, reduces cholesterol, anti-inflammatory (great for arthritis or body pain), prevents ulcers and kidney stones, helps in prevention of breast, skin, lung and colon cancer, lowers the stress chemical in the body known as cortisol which is a big cause of belly fat. Hello!
I have always read that fresh squeezed juices are best served in warm water BUT let’s get real here. I tried my absolute hardest to do that for like a week and it didn’t stick. Some nutrition is better than perfect nutrition and I would say we are doing a good deed by looking at the list above. I make this juice every morning and I drink it cold on ice. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and I take it with me in a big water bottle to sip on for the morning.
Here is the lineup. You need:
a big water bottle
a juice press (I think I got mine from Target?)
cutting board and knife
sweetener of your choice (I use 3 packets of stevia, you are welcome to use any natural sweetener you like such as honey or agave.) I love the taste or honey and agave but I have a hard time getting to to blend and melt into my drink.
Begin by cutting your lemon and orange in half horizontally. Press each of the 4 sections onto your juice press while rinsing the residue off the lid each time (this prevents unwanted floaties in your cup.)
After you’ve pressed the fruit this is the juice that it will yield…so beautiful and yummy.
Then, you will pour the juice over ice into your water bottle. Like this-
For the finale, I add my packets of stevia and top it off with water all the way to the top.
The only rule is to shake and mix it well for even distribution. You are now ready to head out the door! Super easy, am I right?!