I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. My family and I had an absolute blast! I must admit I overindulged... and enjoyed every single minute of it!
For those of you wanting to get a head start on your holiday detox, this simple spinach and apple juice blend will do the trick! I got this colon cleansing juicing tip from my favorite juicing book, Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices. This is my juicing bible. Some of the information is a little out of date. But, it's still the most comprehensive guide to the health benefits of juicing I've seen.
Apple is a staple ingredient in the juicing world, adding sweetness and flavor to otherwise unpalatable combinations. Besides the delicious taste, apples are loaded with natural goodness -- containing calcium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, potassium, and small amounts of vitamins B and C.
For detoxing purposes, apple juice is fantastic for cleansing the colon, and is a wonderful natural remedy for constipation. The high pectin content in apples (one apple contains about two grams of pectin) combines with the mineral salts contained in the apple to form an insoluble salt that can have a powerful laxative effect.
A trick I learnt from John Heinerman is to combine equal parts spinach and apple juice to heighten the laxative properties of apples. The oxalic acid in the spinach mixes with the pectin and mineral salts in the apples to clean out the colon! This magic mix is very effective at scraping off impacted fecal matter from the walls of the colon. Drink only one cup of this mixture every four hours, or you may be paying homage to the porcelain bowl more times than you'd like.
Juicing is a wonderful way to detox your system, and get a healthy start to the new year.
I like to use the new year as the perfect excuse to make healthy promises to myself.
Here are some easy ways you can get clean in 2013:
What are some of the ways you are improving your health this year?