For lack of a better word - green is good and everyone seems to know it. It seems that "green juice diets" and "green juice detoxes" are becoming quite a popular health craze of late.
Seen in the media with celebrities and fitness enthusiasts alike promoting the benefits for weight loss, skin rejuvenation, improved energy levels and to generally cleanse the body. Beginning a green juice detox is quite a big under-taking, but your body will love you for it! There are many detox methods available today, from kits sold at health food shops, to fasting, to herbal mixtures. There is also the juice detox method which is best done with a juicer that produces a cold pressed juice.
A juice detox can be a solution to weight or existing health problems, and will you will certainly benefit if you also combine this with clean eating. Detoxing using the living juice method is not an easy task, and quite frankly it takes determination and support.
Although you can juice with all vegetables and some fruits, Green Juices, made from green vegetables, have an extensive effect on the body's organs, and aids in releasing toxins, particularly those found in the liver. Leafy green vegetables release chlorophyll into the liver to encourage the breakdown of toxins by neutralizing them and aids overall liver function.
When detoxing with a cold press juicer the juice stays alive for 48-72 hours without compromising its living properties. This means large amounts of juice can be extracted and stored for drinking later.
Drinking green juices is perfect for detoxes as it helps the liver and provides maximum amounts of energy with minimum amount of effort. High in chlorophyll, it acts as a medicine by intensifying the oxygen flow. An increase in oxygen allows our liver to release toxins and stress from the body.
Properties of most commonly found green vegetables:
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Promotes cardiovascular health
Eating Tip: Blend basil with parmesan cheese, pines nuts and olive oil for a healthy homemade pesto
- Lower cholesterol
- Cancer prevention
- Healthy teeth & gums
- Weight loss - if you feel peckish between meals; an apple is the perfect way to fight the urge to snack on unhealthy treats
Eating Tip: Add apple to just about any COLD PRESSED JUICE to sweeten
- Lowers blood pressure
- Cleanses the blood, organs and digestive system
- Increases metabolism
- Combats obesity
Eating Tip: Grow your own wheatgrass at home with a wheatgrass sprouter and drink one shot of wheatgrass juice a day. Remember to use a cold press juicer to keep the vital enzymes alive
- High in potassium
- Extremely high in vitamin C
- High in dietary fibre to serve as a mild laxative
- Contains magnesium & vitamin E for healthy skin
Eating Tip: Eat whole or juice with the skins on for extra fibre
- Lowers cholesterol
- High in omega nine fatty acid
- High in potassium and dietary fibre
- Vitamins E, K & B6
Eating Tip: Blend in smoothies to replace dairy
- Combats free radicals that are responsible for medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer and mental illness
- High in vitamins A & K
Eating Tip: Dehydrate in a Food Dehydrator or bake in the oven with sea salt to make Kale Chips
- Vitamins A & C
- High in folate & dietary fibre, potassium & calcium
- Increases cancer-blocking enzymes
Eating Tip: Eat raw as a snack and dip into homemade hummus or soy mayonnaise
- Combats prostate cancer
- High in Vitamin K for bone health
Eating Tip: Use baby spinach leaves in your salads - drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts
- High in vitamins K, C & A
- Reduces blood acidity by cleaning muscle tissues
Eating Tip: Steam for 3 minutes and serve with a squeeze of lemon
Our Favourite Green Juices
Zucchini & Mint Juice
This recipe is so fresh and only takes minutes to taste the flavour. Simply juice the ingredients through your cold press juicer.
- 1 zucchini
- 4 celery sticks
- 6 kale leaves
- Half a lime
- 2 green apples
- Handful of mint
Spicy Spinach & Coriander Juice
A recipe which will spice up the detox and make your organs kick start.
- Handful of spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green chilli
- Handful of coriander
- 1/2 lime
- 2 green apples
Cool Cucumber Juice
The perfect juice if you are feeling low in energy.
- 1 cucumber
- 2 celery sticks
- Handful mint
Ultimate Green Juice
This is the perfect recipe: giving you nutrients, minerals and oxygen you need to revitalise and rejuvenate.
- 4 celery stalks
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 Cup of Sunflower Sprouts
- 5 Leave/Stalks Kale or Spinach
- 3 Leaves/Stalks of Swiss Chard
This is an unsweetened recipe. To make it sweeter simply add green apple or carrot.
OUR PICK OF COLD PRESS JUICERS TO MAKE THE BEST "GREEN" JUICERS