Green Juice Detox

by Juice Detox on March 3, 2012

kale juice (青汁) #5325

My favorite detoxification diet is to do a green juice detox.  

Leafy greens like kale and collard greens are one of nature’s most perfect foods and one of the smallest parts of the standard american diet. In a country where iceberg lettuce is as close to a leafy green as many people get, it does take some time to get used to the more bitter taste of some of the darker leafy greens, but it is worth it. They really are delicious and your health will thank you for it.

Kale is serious business. Eaten raw, it’s a tough, flat or curly leaf that is a real job to chew. There have been times that I’ve simply felt too tired to eat a kale salad.

Kale is like the Optimus Prime of good-for-you vegetables. It’s chock full of vitamins A, C, K, and the antioxidant manganese—but also carotenoids and flavonoids, two of which have been shown to fight against the formation of cancer cells. One cup of raw kale provides 20% of your recommended daily amount of fiber! And 10% of your body’s demands for anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Kale can help your body resist arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

When I started regularly juicing kale, I noticed a decrease in my junk food cravings, and after six weeks of three servings weekly, my persistent sinusitis hadn’t recurred. This could be a coincidence, but when juice entered my life, I had more energy. Also, drinking green juice actually feels good for you.

Kale juice has a complex taste, and sometimes I add celery and carrot to round out kale’s bitterness, but they also add pepper and a heavy, earthy quality. All fine and good, but for spring, I crave a lighter juice that doesn’t feel like a meal replacement. Thus, the cucumber and apple.

Alison’s Green Juice Detox

There are many variations of green juice, such as Organic Avenue’s Green Love* Green Juice, of which Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle blog GOOP are fans, and Dr. Oz’s “Green Juice.” The former uses kale plus a whopping 4 additional dark greens, pear and lemon, and the latter omits kale and uses spinach and celery—which increases manganese and iron, but greatly decreases fiber, vitamins and calories.

A word on directions: process all ingredients into one 5-cup capacity container under your juicer spigot, specifying “low” and “high” settings according to density of vegetable and fruit.

Ingredients:

*1 cucumber, peeled and washed

*6 of your favorite small/medium apples, washed

*3 small bunches or 15 leaves of curly kale, washed

*1/3 c. ginger root, washed, peeled, and coarsely chopped

1.) Chop peeled cucumber into pieces small enough for the diameter of your juicer’s feeding tube, and feed them into your juicer while on the “low” setting.

2.) Wash and chop apples (no need to peel and core unless you are concerned about vestiges of wax and pesticides on the skin). Juice on the “high” setting.

3.) Snap kale leaves in half and feed into juicer on the “low” setting.

4.) Juice ginger on the “high” setting.

5.) Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge up to 12 hours for best results.*

Makes 4-5 servings at 8 oz. each. Enjoy!

*COOK’S NOTE: For those of you who aren’t afraid to let kale’s edgy flavor take center stage, try Sandy Henson Corso’s “Green Lemonade” variation: replace cucumber and ginger with celery and lemon juice. Cut it with seltzer water for a healthy, but seriously tart kick in the pants!

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With spring fast approaching (I hope), it is the perfect time to start planning on doing a green juice detox. Shed some of the winter weight and realkalize and energize the body.

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Are Juice Cleanses Safe?

by Juice Detox on March 2, 2012

English: Cucumber, celery & apple juice

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There seems to be alot of discussion on the question of are juice cleanses safe. My opinion is that like anything else, people are looking to something as the magic bullet. If a person is very toxic and unhealthy, they definitely need to consult a physician before just deciding to do a juice fast.

 Juice fasts can be performed for several days, although most people shoot for a three-day fast, usually over a long weekend or vacation from work. The juice fast is healthy, but it can tire you out. Drink fresh fruit and vegetable mixes throughout the day while avoiding other foods. Dr. Mehmet Oz’s green drink is one beverage to consider drinking throughout a juice fast. Mix the following ingredients in a blender and drink throughout the day: two cups of spinach, two cups of cut-up cucumbers, one package of celery, 1/2-tsp. ginger root, one medium bunch of parsley, juice of one lime, two tablespoons lemon juice and two apples. Dr. Oz says it’s fine to add more apples in the beginning to make the drink sweeter, as long as it’s still green. Intersperse your green drink with other fresh juices, including both fruits, such as grapefruits and lemons, and vegetables, such as carrots and kale.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/123061-safe-effective-cleanse-colon/#ixzz1o0EfDARS

Are juice cleanses safe? It depends on your health. Any cleanse will start the detox process and the more toxic your body is the stronger your reactions are. Start out slow, just try 1 day and before embarking on an extendend juice cleanse, make sure to talk with you physician.

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