Drink this juice first thing in the morning after your body has fasted overnight (leaving a 12-hour window between dinner and breakfast the next day). At this point, the cells are hungry and receptive to nutrition. I juice all the ingredients because then my cells can simply absorb all the nutritional goodness without having to do much work in the form of digestion, metabolism, and utilization. Here are the six magical ingredients:
Start with a whole lemon, juiced without the skin. Citrus fruits are high in vitamins, and a healthy dose of vitamin C can fight infection, reduce kidney stones, relieve indigestion, decrease headache pain, and help detoxify the body.
Cucumbers have important minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes to help maintain water balance in the body. They also contain erepsin, an important digestive enzyme to break down protein. Its plant sterols lower LDL, and its phytoestrogens helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
3. Fresh turmeric root.
Turmeric is a powerhouse anti-inflammatory and relieves arthritic pain, prevents atherosclerosis, and fights free radical damage to the brain. It can relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, reduces risks of stomach ulcers, and improves mood and feelings of depression.
4. Fresh ginger root.
Ginger is a wonder food that fights inflammation, eases nausearelated to anything from indigestion to chemotherapy, and is great for healing and protecting the gut. It is also wonderful for reducing sinus and head discomfort from colds and flu.
5. Yellow or red beets.
Beets have incredible phytochemicals to stimulate production of glutathione, which aids and protects the liver and is a powerful antioxidant for improving nerve function. Beets also contain choline—an important B vitamin—making them important for supporting heart health and healthy blood sugar balance. Red beets have betacyanins, which are good for liver and brain health. Golden beets have vulgaxanthin, which boosts the immune system.
Pears are a low-allergy and a low-sugar fruit. Pears also soothe the nervous system with vitamin C, which triggers the production of norepinephrine and serotonin, the happy neurotransmitters. They are also a great source of potassium, an important electrolyte for our nerves, muscles, joints, and heart.
Brain-Boosting Morning Tonic
- One whole lemon with peel cut off
- One whole cucumber with peel
- One 2-inch root of ginger (if you’re not a fan of ginger, cut this amount in half)
- Two 3- to 4-inch roots of turmeric
- One whole pear
- One yellow or red beet
- extract of ashwagandha
- extract of astragalus
- extract of goldenseal
- extract of elderberry
- Place all ingredients in a juicer, and add extracts of ashwaghandha and astragalus (for further adaptogenic support) or goldenseal and elderberry during flu season.
- Serve immediately.