We continue DAY 3 of our 3 DAY SUMMER JUICE FAST. We opened with the delicious Sweet Coalescence Morning Cleansing Juice, and we continue with this "Can You Feel The Beet?" Midday Cleansing Juice. For this Summer Fast, I will post all of the recipes over the next three days -- 3 cleansing juices a day for three days.
Karen and I will then offer a FREE Guided 3-DAY JUICE FAST with these recipes via a private Facebook Group July 19th-21st, 2013. You can sign up for free here. We will be available to moderate the group all weekend to offer support and answer questions. I love these group cleanses, because we all get to share our experiences and learn from each other.
So let's get continue with DAY 3 of the cleanse!
*Note: The cleanse recipes are deliberately simple to make things gentle and easy. Please read Karen's full fast preparation instructions, daily fasting routine, and post fast guidelines in the 3 DAY SUMMER CLEANSE post.
All of this information has been generously provided by Karen Kipp. Thankyou Karen. You ROCK!
Day 3, Midday Juice – Can you feel the beet?:
This juice is a powerful cleanser, focusing mainly on the liver with the powerful beet juice. Swiss chard adds some great chlorophyll and greens. Apple, lemon and lime not only add their fair share of nutrients, while beautifully mellowing out the earthy beet flavor and add a little tanginess. People are often surprised how much they like beet juice in this combination! Just be aware as it will stain everything on the inside of your body along with clothing and cutting boards too!
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Swiss chard Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardio-protective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods. Syringic acid, one component of chard has received special attention in recent research due to its blood sugar regulating properties. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more steady.
Like beets, chard is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. In the betalain family are found reddish-purple betacyanin pigments as well as yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Both types can be found in chard! Many of the betalain pigments in chard have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Swiss chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables. Foods belonging to the chenopod family—including beets, chard, spinach, and quinoa—continue to show an increasing number of health benefits not readily available from other food families. Swiss chard has a mild flavor juiced, much like romaine lettuce or spinach, with a slight lemony flavor. It is a lovely green to add to almost any juice.
Beet contains high quantities of betaine, a powerful antioxidant responsible for the deep ruby color, which flushes the liver, reduces homocysteine levels which in turn reduces cardiovascular disease risk, helps mental functioning, balances moods, improves mental acuity and can even be used in the treatment of AIDS and alcohol addiction. It optimizes the utilization of oxygen by the red blood cells and lymph activity. It is also reportedly used for the treatment of gallstones, gout and jaundice and serves as a valuable elixir for anemia and bladder and kidney disorders.
It is from the same family as spinach and swiss chard. It contains many minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, and sodium and several acids such as folic, oxalic and fumaric. Beet juice has a fairly earthy, sweet, pungent, taste, which some people like better than others. It is delicious mixed with other sweet flavors and balanced with some ginger or lemon. It is best to start slow with beets, about a half of a medium beet until the body is accustomed to it, because it is such a powerful cleanser in can CLEAR the body (perhaps faster than you would like)!
Apple primarily provides pectin, which contributes to healthy digestion, helps break down toxins, lowers cholesterol, and enhances bowel function. Apple also offers some sweetness in the juice. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content. Also offers many phytochemicals and enzymes, quercetin, Vitamin A (in the peel), Vitamin C, significant potassium, top source of soft fiber, making it one of the best natural intestinal cleansers. In one study, people who consumed an apple-rich diet had a 46% reduction in their risk of lung cancer. Colon cancer reduction risk has also been demonstrated.
Lemon and Limes are some of the most potent detoxifiers that improve liver function, relieve constipation, help eliminate kidney stones, help treat and prevent breast cancer, kill some types of intestinal parasites, and dissolve gall stones. They offer high doses of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Of special interest in limes have been flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects. In several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics had occurred, the inclusion of lime juice during the main meal of the day was determined to have been protective against the contraction of cholera.
Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles—including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis—are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes. In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and can be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Lemon and lime juice add zip to the juices and helps cover the taste of bitter greens and are alkalinizing.
When cleansing, it is always best to consume juices on an empty stomach to maximize absorption and benefits. But fresh juice anytime is better than no juice! It is preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. The more vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they are better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. It is not a strict science, so you can mix them up, but these are good general guidelines. These guidelines are more important when using juices during a cleanse or fast.
When fasting, it is necessary to strain the juices to ensure that solid pieces are not consumed. Solid food will encourage the digestive process to begin again and will make you hungry. This is not desirable. Straining is not necessary if cleansing without fasting. If you feel like you need more juice, more calories, or are a little low in blood sugar, you can repeat any of these juices during the same time period of any given day. For example, if it is still morning, repeat the daily morning juice. Most juices contain about 100-200 calories and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Each juice is briefly explained in each individual post with a more in-depth explanation of each individual ingredient and its many nutrition properties.
All of these cleansing recipes are designed for one serving. Dilute all juices, unless otherwise stated. For juices more fruit based, or higher sugar content, add as much water as juice. For green drinks, and primarily low-sugar juices, add half as much water as juice. This helps to slow down the sugar absorption in the body.