Saturday, September 21, 2013

Detox Juice recipes

So for the past seven days I've been on a detox. I've been consuming nothing but vegetables, fruits, coconut water, and water. I've been using some pretty amazing juicing recipes that not only taste delicious but they've left me feeling lighter and re-energized. Wanna try these heavenly elixirs out? Keep reading.   


GINGER SHOT – I begin my day by reducing toxicity with this powerful shot. Ginger is packed with copper, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium. Ginger is one of those things that I almost always have in my kitchen. Here are just a few reasons why I consume so much of this amazing root. Several studies have demonstrated ginger's ability to defeat several types of cancer cells, including some of the most aggressive and difficult to treat: lung, ovarian, colon, breast, skin carcinoma, prostate, and pancreatic. Studies have also shown that diabetes may be both prevented and treated, along with the related abilities to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood fats. Ginger is also anti fungal and a great antibiotic. Ginger consumption provides relief from ulcers, diabetes complications, inflammation, gastric distress, toxicity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (fructose damage), menstrual pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, nausea ,motion sickness, and bacterial diarrhea among other things. I usually make ginger shots by putting some ginger in my juicer then chug it straight up or add an apple or pear to it on the days that I'm not in the mood to drink it straight up. Warning- drinking ginger shots is not for the faint of heart but the benefits are worth it. Another way to enjoy ginger is to make fresh ginger tea. I simply peel my ginger/ grate it and add it to a cup of hot water. Let it sit for a while then consume. You can add your sweetener of choice but I drink it straight while on a detox.   

GREEN DOES THE BODY GOOD –  This green juice recipe is one of my favorites. It's full of green vegetables, packed with vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll to re-generate and cleanse the body. To make this one I use kale, collard greens, swiss chard, celery, apple, ginger, and lemon. Kale is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. As with most recipes feel free to play around with the amounts in order to make it to your liking.

GRAPEFRUIT JUICE – This powerful anti-aging antioxidant is a great source of Vitamin C. I don't juice my grapefruit. I eat it or use a handheld juice extractor so that I can get the pulp and extra fiber from the grapefruit. Grapefruit has a vast amount of health benefits. Don't believe me; look it up yourself. A word of caution though. If you consume medications on a daily basis consult your doctor before consuming large amounts of grapefruit juice as it interacts with certain medicines.



RUBY RED RICHNESS – This is a very rich red blast of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients made of a combination of beets, avocado, apple, lemon, ginger, carrot, parsley, and dandelion root. Beets are rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; and folic acid. These little gems are natures aphrodisiac. You may think I'm kidding but I assure you that I'm not. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. As if those benefits aren't good enough beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Dandelion root  is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, and gallstones. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements.These reasons along with many others is why dandelion root makes a great addition to this drink.


CLEANSING TONIC – Hydrate the skin, cleanse the organs, boost the immune system and burn toxins. Made from cucumber, lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Turmeric has so many powerful benefits that if I attempted to address them all this blog post will be way too long so I'll stick to the very basics. Turmeric has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years. In addition, ayurvedic and Chinese medicines utilize turmeric to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body. Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the benefits of turmeric. Turmeric has been found to block cancer. Doctors at UCLA recently found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer. In that study, 21 subjects with head and neck cancers chewed two tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of curcumin. An independent lab in Maryland evaluated the results and found that the cancer-promoting enzymes in the patients’ mouths were inhibited by the curcumin and thus prevented from advancing the spread of the malignant cells. It's a powerful antioxidant and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Tumeric is inexpensive, mild in taste, and benefits every system in the body. Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health.



COO COO FOR COCO – This recipe is rich in potassium, magnesium and great hydration combined with Vitamin C and immunity booster. Made from coconut water, orange, lime, lemon, alkaline water. As a child I'd grow up seeing an abundance of mango, cherry, and coconut trees outside my bedroom window so needless to say that I'm coo coo for coconut. Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels within the body. Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. Coconut water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. Its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruits like oranges. Coconut water contains a good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea. Fresh coconut water has a small amount of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid) and it provides about 4% of RDA. Talk about a knock out of amazing benefits.

Feel free to try these recipes and let me know how you like them. As always...

Live long and prosper


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