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The Greenist Juice Deconstructed
Dandelion Greens: Serve as a diuretic, allowing your liver to eliminate toxins at a faster rate. It’s filled with antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing the aging process. It promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Collard Greens: Most notably known for their high levels of vitamin K – just one serving of these amazing leafy greens provide you with 1,045% of the Daily Value for vitamin K, a key nutrient for bone and cardiovascular health.
Green Kale: High in iron, fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, while being low in calories. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids acting as an anti-inflammatory and warding off autoimmune disorders. Overall, kale is a lean mean green fighting machine.
Celery: There’s more than just dietary fiber in this super green vegetable, chomping down on celery every day will help lower cholesterol and inflammation while keeping you hydrated.
Cilantro: A traditional Mediterranean herb that is so much more than just a taco topper. Cilantro is low in calories and contains no cholesterol. It is rich in vital minerals such as Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin C.
Watercress: Is a cruciferous plant grown for centuries as a mineral rich green leafy vegetable. It is anti-carcinogenic when added to the diet as a cancer preventative. It’s high in reversing DNA damage to white blood cells promoting cellular protection. A couple other health bonuses include but are not limited too: reduces the risk of depression, improves bone health from osteoporosis, helps prevents neural tube deficiency in babies and protects against cognitive decline and stroke.
Cucumber: The term ‘cool as a cucumber’ holds truth as it’s a superbly hydrating vegetable that will cool your body down. Cucumber contains 96% water and acts as a broom, sweeping out waste products out of your system. It contains the mineral silica, making your hair and nails stronger and shinier. Other skin friendly minerals it contains are magnesium, potassium, and silicon.
Green Apple: A green apple a day keeps the doctor away. High in flavonoids cyanidin and epicatechin that assist in eradicating free radicals which cause cellular damage. Best to eat in the morning on an empty stomach to put your metabolism to work, regulate glucose levels for the day and fill your cells with potassium. Rich in soluble fiber, they act as a fantastic snack to keep you fuller longer.
Lemon: Extremely alkalizing for the body helping restore balance to your body’s pH. Cleanses your bowels by increasing peristalsis — we suggest starting your day off with hot water and lemon to help keep you regulated. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds and have powerful antimicrobial properties that can destroy the bacteria of many deadly diseases. The benefits are endless of this juicy, sour fruit — have your lemonade and drink it too!
Ginger: This delicious and ancient root contains gingerol that holds powerful medicinal properties. It has been used for thousands of years to help digestions, reduce nausea and help your body fight the flu and/or common cold. Ginger can reduce muscle soreness and inflammation as well as help fight osteoarthritis. There are too many benefits of ginger to list but the end conclusion is the more ginger in your diet the better to start adding it to hot water, grating on salads and uses as a primary spice in your cooking.
By: Candice Savage