After a wonderful holiday season, undoubtedly filled with gluttony, most are ready for some super clean eating – indulging in fruits and vegetables and saying goodbye to the alcohol, sweets and copious portions.
As we head back to work and school, in order to ensure we are in tip-top mental shape, let’s remember that what we eat is a direct reflection of our state of well-being.
To kick-start a healthy 2014, here’s the best post-holiday detox juice:
ginger, beets, lemon, apple, celery, cucumber and parsley
Ginger is a natural antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory food and acts as an amazing decongestant. It will energize your digestive system and detoxify your body by moving the food through the intestines quicker.
Cucumbers are mostly water. They help with bloating and work to keep you hydrated with their many electrolytes.
Celery is loaded with potassium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and essential amino acids.
Beets are a powerful cleanser of the blood, are high in iron and a great source of vitamin c, magnesium, dietary fiber, folate and potassium. They also contain compounds that fight inflammation and support detoxifying by neutralizing toxins and making them easily flushed from the body.
Lemons have a diuretic effect, which helps toxins to be released from the body. Lemons also stimulate bile production and detoxify your liver.
Apples contain pectin that helps to break down toxins in the intestines and maintain a healthy bowel function.
Parsley contains vitamins A, C and K, which aid in having a healthy immune system. It also helps in brightening the flavor of the juice!