We start DAY 3 of our 3 DAY SUMMER JUICE FAST with this delicious Sweet Coalescence Morning 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 started 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, Morning Juice – Sweet Coalescence:
What could capture the sweet lightness of summer better than fresh strawberries? They not only taste great they add a good dose of vitamin C and beta carotenes, and are great cleansers. Apple helps break down toxins in the intestinal tract. The lemon is a faithful supporter in aiding the cleanse process while ginger adds a bit of spiciness, aids digestion, is anti-inflammatory and helps dissolve toxins. This juice is all about summer and the power of anti-oxidants!
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.
Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of strawberries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases. Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-A, B-complex, C, and E and health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Furthermore, They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is important for prevention of dental caries. Strawberries have wonderfully distinct sweet taste which are nice mixed with just about any fruit or mellow flavor, otherwise they will easily be overpowered.
Lemon is one of the most potent detoxifiers that improves liver function, relieves constipation, helps eliminate kidney stones, helps treat and prevent breast cancer, kills some types of intestinal parasites, and dissolves gall stones. It offers high doses of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Lemon adds zip to the juices and helps cover the taste of bitter greens and is alkalinizing.
Ginger helps stimulate digestion, tones the intestinal tract, relieves bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress, is a overall anti-inflammatory, and supports both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It helps make blood platelets less sticky like garlic, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Many people love the spicy, warming taste in juices, be sure to start slow with just a half-inch piece of unpeeled root though, as it is potent!
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.