This warming juice is loaded with vitamin C, beta carotenes, and other antioxidants to boost immunity. Cucumber cools, hydrates, alkalizes, acts as a natural diuretic, and flushes toxins. Ginger adds awesome back-end kick while it combats inflammation and aids digestion. Cinnamon makes this juice taste like dessert while helping regulate blood sugar levels.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Butternut Squash contains vitamin B, vitamins A, E and other antioxidants to combat free radicals, and potassium, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and phosphorus for heart, bone, and respiratory health. Winter squash is a warming food, and juicing it removes the starch, leaving the sweetness. Butternut squash should be peeled and seeded before juicing. The sweet, creamy, slightly nutty and earthy taste blends well with carrot, apple, cinnamon and ginger, and makes a rich taste base for indulgent “dessert-like” cleanse juices.
Carrot - A relative of parsley and celery, carrots contain loads of life-extending carotenes and minerals. This vegetable helps lower cholesterol, too, and alleviates skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, all while enhancing the respiratory system’s resistance to infection. A great source of vitamin A, carrots also contain the magical antioxidant glutathione, which protects against free radical damage, and B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Carrots fuel the production of white blood cells and enhance their performance, and are a great immune booster. These brilliant orange roots also deliver powerful anti-inflammatory agents, helping to relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
Carrot is a warming and strengthening vegetable perfect for cleansing. Cut off the greens (the jury is still out as to whether they are toxic or beneficial), but don’t peel the roots—much of carrots’ nutrients lie in the skin or just beneath. Just scrub, roughly chop (if using certain masticating juicers) and push through your juicer. The earthy sweet flavor of the juice, much richer than that of carrot itself, combines well with apple, pineapple, beets, tomato, ginger, and cinnamon, so this one works well in both sweet and savory juices.
Cucumber - This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.
We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.
Ginger - Used in its raw form, this brilliant health-promoting juice booster gives beautiful back-end kick to blends of all kinds. In one serving of juice, as little as a half-inch slice of washed, unpeeled root packs a powerful punch. We rely on ginger as a warming agent, to counteract the cooling effects of fruits and vegetables, and to promote healthy sweating, beneficial to the cleansing process and fantastic for battling colds and flu.
This sensational herb-and-spice is an overall anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates the lymphatic system, provides cardiovascular and respiratory support, aids digestion and tones the intestinal tract, and relieves gas, bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress. It helps make blood platelets less sticky, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Ginger’s powerful antioxidants and anti-tumor agents can also protect against free radicals.
There’s no need to peel ginger before juicing. Much of the nutrients are in the skin or just beneath. Scrub the root, lop off a piece, and juice away. In our experience, people either love ginger in a juice, or hate it. Starting slow’s a good way to go if you’re unsure which camp you’re in.
Lemon - This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.
While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.
Cinnamon - This popular spice is a fantastic cleansing aid that increases circulation and activates the lymphatic system, encouraging detox. With powerful antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal power, this sweet and mildly piquant aromatic encourages optimal nerve function, and can regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, promoting heart health. Cinnamon also assists with calcium absorption and the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, settles the stomach, curbs diarrhea and gas, and alleviates menstrual cramps and the symptoms of PMS. Its natural anti-inflammatory agents are known to ease the symptoms of asthma and arthritis, too, and cinnamon helps control blood-glucose levels, helpful to diabetics. Merely a whiff of cinnamon both soothes and energizes, even increasing brain activity and cognitive function.
A pinch is a fabulous stir-in to a finished juice. Better yet, sprinkle cinnamon on cut fruits and veggies before juicing, for fuller and smoother flavor. (The fine powder doesn’t mix into liquids easily, though, so the first method leaves your juice free of little clumps of spice—bursting with flavor, but generally too much so.) Cinnamon pairs well with picks from all over the fruit-and-vegetable kingdom, but goes especially well with berries, apple, pear, orange, carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin and beet. Wonderful for cooler seasons, cinnamon is extremely warming to the body, a nice way in winter to counteract the cooling effects of fruit.