Lemon Apple Cilantro Cucumber Juice


January 3, 2013

This tasty gem from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Winter Juice Fast hydrates and cleanses the body with the always popular apple-lemon-cucumber combo. These mineral-rich alkalizing fruits detox the liver, while cilantro builds the blood.

Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:

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.

Apple – Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

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.

Cilantro – This herb is a health enhancer in an era when heavy-metal toxicity is rampant. Cilantro’s vigorous store of antioxidants makes it one of the most effective foods at flushing that stuff out of our systems. The controversial herb also contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents that ease digestion, nausea, headaches and bloating, and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Cilantro easily gets overpowering in juices. A handful per serving usually does the trick. The entire plant—leaves, stems, and roots—is juice-friendly, the flavor pairing beautifully with pineapple, cucumber, lemon and lime. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, substitute flat-leaf parsley.

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Winter Juice Fast.

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Lemon Apple Cilantro Cucumber Juice


Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 lemon, rind removed
  • 1 handful cilantro (or flat-leaf parsley)
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push everything through your juicer.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Winter Juice Fast.

Get Healthy In 3 Easy Steps:

1. DOWNLOAD our FREE 5 Steps To Better Health.
2. START our 3-Day Winter Juice Fast.
3. JOIN our Cleanse Facebook group to get support from us.

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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