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My Favourite Cleansing and Nourishing Juice
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Apr 20, 2017
I've been on a tear with our juicer as of late, in search of a freshly pressed juice that delivers equal parts cleansing and nourishing power. My short list of favourites calls for more than a dozen antioxidant-rich foods, but the one concoction that rises above the rest requires just four simple ingredients:
Organic Fuji Apples
If you eye it and make your juice about 25 percent of each of these ingredients, you'll have in your cup a divine elixir of vibrant life that will immediately improve your health on a cellular level.
I tend to make about three 12-ounce portions at a time, which requires one and a half large bunches of organic kale, about 12 ribs (one stalk) of organic celery, a large bunch of organic spinach, and 5 small or 4 medium organic Fuji apples.
Your juice will come out with a layer or fine vegetable froth which is fine to drink but somewhat bitter, so if you're sharing this green goodness with loved ones who are a bit averse to strong vegetable flavours, you'll want to skim this froth off with a slotted spoon or even strain your juice before serving.
I like to take this juice to work in 12-ounce glass jars, and just before drinking, I add our organic green food powder or organic whole food multi powder for added antioxidant punch, but even without added food supplements, if you have four or five servings of this freshly pressed green juice per week, I'm confident that you'll experience noticeable benefits all over, from the comfort level of your gastrointestinal tract to the softness of your skin. With regular consumption, don't be surprised if initially, you experience headaches or a change in stool consistency, as this juice can have substantial detoxifying effects, and as your body stirs up and eliminates accumulated toxins, you may have to endure some discomfort until you feel lighter and healthier.
As mentioned in our recipe pictorial for a kale, hemp, and avocado smoothie, kale is one of nature's best foods for warding off colon, breast, bladder, ovarian, and prostate cancer. This is because of cancer-preventing isothiocyanates that your body manufactures from glucosinolates that are abundant in kale. Isothiocyanates facilitate cellular detoxification on a genetic level, which is why kale is an excellent choice for any cleansing drink.
Organic celery is included in this drink for its high levels of non-starchy polysaccharides, which provide significant anti-inflammatory effects, particularly on your digestive tract lining. Ensuring a healthy GI lining is essential to your body's ability to nourish all of your cells and eliminate exogenous and endogenous toxins. Large amounts of phenolic nutrients in celery provide significant protection against degenerative changes caused by oxidative stress from free radicals.
When choosing organic spinach, look for fresh, bright green leaves, as they have more natural vitamin C than spinach leaves that are not as green and vibrant. Some research indicates that greater vitamin C content helps preserve the integrity of all oxygen-sensitive nutrients in spinach - this would actually hold true for all dark green leafy vegetables. Spinach provides a plethora of health-enhancing nutrients, but one class in particular that makes spinach a coveted ingredient in this cleansing drink is glycoglycerolipids, nutrients that may protect against inflammation and damage of your digestive tract lining. Yes, we really can't over-emphasize that maintaining a healthy digestive tract lining should be a top priority as you cleanse, nourish, and care for your cells.
I hope you have a chance to try this green juice in the days ahead. Equal parts organic kale, organic celery, organic spinach, and organic Fuji apples. The contents of this juice will separate after several hours, so shake well before savouring.
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