We have come to the end of DAY 3 of our 3 DAY SUMMER JUICE FAST! We opened with the delicious "Sweet Coalescence" Morning Cleansing Juice, continued with the "Can You Feel The Beet?" Midday Cleansing Juice, and we will complete the cleanse with this delicious and refreshing "Long Life Elixir" Evening 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 finish 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, Evening Juice – Long Life Elixir:
This is a final juice of the cleanse to help rebuild, rejuvenate, and re-mineralize your body in the most wonderful and delicious way. It is chock full of minerals and hydrating components from celery and cucumber, along with the calming properties of romaine. The cilantro adds some great blood purifying qualities and a “clean” flavor to balance it. Who knew long life and optimal wellness could taste so good?
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
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.
Celery is beneficial for respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and asthma, but also contains coumarin which helps lower blood pressure up to 14% in hypertension patients. It is also a natural laxative and diuretic. Kidneys are supported by celery juice and it can even increase libido! It also acts as an appetite suppressant, while having a calming effect that can even help insomnia. It contains valuable organic sodium, unlike table salt. It is rich in potassium, so it makes a great post-workout juice as it replaces electrolytes. It contains anti-cancer properties, essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamin A, B-complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper. Juice the leaves of this light tasting, slightly salty tasting juice which makes a nice addition to almost any juice combination, especially green juices.
Cucumber is actually a cooling food in the body and is typically 20-degrees cooler than the outside air on a warm day! It is a great natural diuretic, helps regulate body temperature, aids in cell hydration, waste removal and dissolves kidney stones. Its high silica content is amazing for skin and helps with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, weak nails, etc. It also reduces high uric acid in the body that causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. It helps regulate blood pressure and can even help lower a fever! It is high in Vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B-complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and chlorine (natural). Cucumber adds lots of water and nutrient content to juices with its very mild and slightly creamy taste. Super easy to prep to juices, but make sure they are organic and not wax-coated.
Romaine lettuce leaves are one of the very low calorie green-vegetables, nonetheless, they are the store house of many phyto-nutrients that have health promoting and disease prevention properties. It produces a classic juice for aiding deep sleep. Vitamins in lettuce are plentiful. Fresh leaves are an excellent source of several Vitamin A and beta carotenes as well as vitamin K, B, C, and folates. Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid in lettuce, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea, where it thought to provide antioxidant and filter UV rays falling on the retina. Diet rich in xanthin and carotenes is thought to offer some protection against age-related macular disease (ARMD) in the elderly.
It also contains good amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for red blood cell formation. Regular inclusion of lettuce in the diet is known to prevent osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, ARMD, Alzheimer's disease and cancers. It has a very mellow, fresh flavor and can be added to almost any juice without altering the original flavor significantly.
Cilantro is rich in anti-oxidants and many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, terpineol, and dipentene. The juice is also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin. The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium (helps control heart rate and blood pressure), calcium, manganese, iron (essential for red blood cell production), and magnesium.
It is also packed with many vital vitamins including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A (225% of recommended daily intake, required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, eyes, and skin and can help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers), beta carotene, vitamin-C. Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K (provides about 258% of DRI), which aids bone mass building and can help treat Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain. The juice flavor is highly aromatic, sweet and citrus, but also slightly peppery. It is a wonderful addition to green juices to delight the senses, add a very “clean” taste and some amazing nutrients.
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.