Summer Solstice Detox Juices

Summer Solstice Detox JuicesI know that June doesn’t really strike most as the time for a detox, but I find the dawn of a new season the perfect time to re-energize my system.

Detoxing has long been revered for its ability to reinvigorate our bodies, but many reserve this long tested method of detoxification for after the holidays, and generally as a New Year resolution. However, detoxing one or two times a year is proven to keep our digestion firing on all fronts.

So in honor of a summer solstice detox, I thought a round up of the best detoxing juices was in order.

Something to remember about juicing and detoxing is that juices are devoid of fiber, so it’s essential to throw a smoothie or two into the mix, to keep things, ahem, moving.

It’s also important to mention that the integrity of the produce we juice is key, and although I don’t believe that everything must be organic, I do think produce that is to be juiced should. A quick glance at the Dirty Dozen List should give you an idea of what you should ALWAYS be consuming organic.

The following juices and smoothie are meant to get your body back in alignment – because juice, ingested in the morning, is often easier for the body to digest than solid food. I look to these zesty health tonics to wake up my system – no matter the time of year!

Grapefruit, Carrot and Ginger Juice

Serves 1

  • 2 grapefruits, chopped
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger

Put all ingredients through a juice extractor and serve immediately.

Beet and Apple Juice

Serves 1

  • 1 small beet, chopped
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1/4 cup, fresh mint sprigs

Press all ingredients through a juice extractor and serve immediately.

Green Machine Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 6 romaine leaves, chopped
  • 4 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups water

In a blender, combine all ingredients; and blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.

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