Green detox juice
Posted January 3, 2012on:
2 apples (golden delicious or royal gala)
Juice of 1 lemon
½ yellow bell pepper
Handful fresh parsley
4 sticks celery
2 broccoli stems
Put all ingredients in a juicer or blender, juice and enjoy!
Here’s what they’ll do for you:
Cucumber: is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium and potassium. Cucumber is a top choice as a diuretic. It can help control constipation, stomach disorders and acne. The high water content, combined with its ability to balance acid, helps reduce disorders and ailments that may be a cause of over production of various acidic compounds.
Celery: is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and ample supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron and essential amino acids. Celery helps flush the body of excessive carbon dioxide and reduces acidity.
Lemon: is a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial, which destroys bacteria in your mouth and intestines while clearing mucous build up. High in vitamin C, they will support your liver, improve your absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse your blood, and alleviate indigestion.
Even though they are acidic initially they have an alkalizing effect once entering the body. This alkalizing effect is thought by many health practitioners to heal cells and prevent disease.
Parsley: is one herb that is usually just used for garnishing food. It is rich in carotenoids, chlorophyll, calcium, Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Parsley is known for its blood-cleansing and healing properties. It is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Parsley neutralizes toxins in your liver, inhibits abnormal cell growth (preventing tumours and cancers), and boosts the immune system.
There are two types of parsley – curly or flat Italian parsley which have the same healing properties. The Italian variety tends to have more flavour and best used in cooking with other strong flavours. Curly parsley can be more bitter.
Ginger: is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger contains ginerol, a compound that is thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. It is commonly used as a digestive aid and contains compounds that ease motion sickness and nausea. Ginger can also be used in treating the common cold by adding a few slices to hot water with lemon and honey; it helps to ease congestion and cleanses the body.
Watercress is packed full of minerals – sulphur, calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, potassium and iodine. Excellent for cleansing the liver, reducing fluid retention and healthy kidney function.
Apple juice helps soothe the intestines and reduce constipation. It helps clean out harmful bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. The pectin in apples forms a gel in the intestine that eliminates toxins.
Broccoli is a very powerful antioxidant which contains vitamins B and C, folic acid, beta-carotene, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and iodine. It’s very good for blood pressure and liver problems. Also helps to relieve constipation.
Spinach heals the lining of the digestive tract, improves vision and helps to maintain healthy blood vessels. Contains vitamins B, C, K, beta-carotene and folic acid. Very good for the skin and supports liver function.
Yellow bell pepper is packed full of vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Good for cleansing the liver and intestines.