“If I were to start adding one healthy thing to my diet daily, what would that be?
There you go. The most common question I receive, which I will answer with the Kale Cleansing Juice recipe.
Since we are all now on our healthy juice kick and off to a great start in this fabulous new year, I thought it would be helpful to share with you all my favorite cleansing green juice recipe. While diversity is always the healthiest path, sometimes sticking to one go-to proves to be the most effective. Create a habit, and stick to it. Therefore, if you are looking for one thing to add into your diet to boost your immune system, cleanse out the old cob webs while alkalizing the body for a disease-free and glowing existence, this is it. The Kale Cleansing Juice recipe.
The Kale Cleansing Juice
1 Meyer Lemon
½ c Pineapple
1 bunch Kale
1 bunch Parsley
2 inch knob of Ginger
1 ½ Apple
21 g Mint
2 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is a great brand)
1/8 tsp Unheated, Raw Sea Salt
1 tbs Aloe Juice
* All organic. This is very important because we do not want to be drinking concentrated pesticide juice here.
Juice all ingredients. Then add apple cider vinegar, aloe and sea salt. You can blend on low in a blender, or just mix with a spoon.
So, why is this juice going to turn me into a Glowing, Healthy, Disease-fighting Machine?
The Health Breakdown:
Lemon – stimulates bile, therefore pushing toxins out of the liver for full clearance. In addition, they contain limonoids, which have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.
Pineapple – containing the specialized enzyme bromelain, which is a protease enzyme, these guys have an anti-inflammatory effect, and have also shown to clear up pathogenic material in the body.
Kale – part of the infamous cruciferous family, kale has off the chart levels of Vitamin A, K and C, and antioxidants. No wonder it has been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits!
Parsley – containing extremely unique volatile oils, parsley has now shown to be chemoprotective, while also protecting our very DNA from damage. Containing iron and folate, it also is known to be ideal for pregnant mothers.
Cucumber – cucumbers have not received as much press as other vegetables in terms of health benefits, but their importance lies in their lignan content. Lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
Ginger – renown for its intestinal benefits, ginger is the go-to for reducing gas, relieving nausea, eliminating motion sickness, while relaxing and soothing the intestinal tract.
Apple Cider Vinegar – while long used as a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar seems to actually live up to the hype. Improving diabetes and cholesterol levels and aiding in weight loss, just an ounce a day is an excellent addition to your juices.
Mint – an obvious addition for its flavor and its tummy-soothing benefits, the essential oils found in mint also stops the growth of many different bacteria and fungus.
Unheated Sea Salt – salt is an essential for all cleansing drinks because it contains a wide range of minerals needed by the body to move toxins, especially in the lymph. In addition, unheated sea salt is needed for hcl (hydrochloric acid) production in the stomach, our natural disinfectant.
Aloe Vera – a succulent that contains many healing properties such as soothing the skin and the digestive track. It is the most beneficial nutrient for the skin on the inside and out. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins A, B12, and E, as well we the minerals calcium and magnesium. It is also a source of essential fatty acids and enzymes. Aloe is ideal for any intestinal disorder (chrons, IBS, acid reflux) due to its ability to heal the intestinal lining as well as skin disorders (eczema, rashes, burns).
Apple – although a sweet fruit, apples contain phytonutrients that regulate blood sugar, making them an ideal addition to any juice. In addition, they contain pre-biotics, which feed the healing bacteria in the large intestine.
Well there you go! Your first step towards an awesome and healthy 2013, filled with nutrient-dense, age-defying, health practices.