When you wake up in the morning it is good to begin by hydrating the body, secondly, it’s important to kick-start digestion and get your gastric juices flowing. Starting off with a bowl of cold cereal or toast and jam won’t power up your digestive system. You want to start off right so that you are set for the rest of your day.
Lemons, although sour are very alkaline. They also help to stimulate the release of HCL and Pepsin as well as keeping the environment in the digestive system balanced (Of course it is essential to have fermented foods or probiotics in your diet). If you find lemons too tart this smoothie is a great blend of sour and sweet. It’s refreshing and delicious and great to take to go and have as a snack later on in the day if your energy levels start to fumble.
This juice is also high in antioxidants, which will help oxidize free radicals and boost the immune system. Moreover, it will aid in clearing up the liver and moving waste of the body thus aiding in detoxification.
Celery during the Middle Ages was used as a medicine and flavouring, however, it was more the root that was used. The celery we know today originated in Italy. High in Vitamin K, molybdenum, folate and potassium, celery is a beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as it has an astonishing array of plant secondary compounds such as; phenolic acid, flavones, flavonols, dihydrostilbenoids, phytosterols and furanocoumarins. Celery aids in reducing oxidative damage to cells supports the healthy functioning of the digestive tract as well as providing cardiovascular support.
Lemon is a high source of Vitamin C as well as a good source of folate and pectin. The secondary compounds found in lemons have antioxidant, anticancer and antibiotic effects (they include flavonol glycosides and kaempferol). Limonoids a compound found within lemons (as well as limes) has been found to fight against cancers of the mouth, skin, breast, lungs, colon and stomach. Lemons have also been noted to reduce inflammation within the body; thereby being beneficial for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.
Grapefruit Originated in the West Indies (possibly Barbados), it was brought to Florida in the 1820’s where it was crossed with various citrus fruits to bring out its specific flavours and smells. A great source of Vitamin C, it is also a good source of copper, Vitamin A, pantothenic acid, fibre, potassium, Vitamin B1 and biotin. Pink and Red grapefruits are a high source of antioxidants which aid in boosting the immune system, fighting off free radical damage and aiding in the prevention of oxidative stress. grapefruits have been shown to reduce the presence of kidney stones as well as aiding in their removal from the body.
Kiwi originated in Eastern Asia, however, it became Australia’s first major export. The size of a large egg it has a very high amount of Vitamin C within it, decisively more than lemons. Kiwi’s also contain a great amount of Vitamin K, copper, fibre and Vitamin E. The phytonutrient in kiwi protect the DNA of the body against oxidative stress and damage. Its fibre content makes it great for aiding colon health, preventing constipation and diarrhea. It is also very beneficial for individuals with Asthma and others who are at risk of Macular degeneration.
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 lemon
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 kiwis
- Begin by juicing the celery, lemon and grapefruit.
- In a blender combine the fresh juice and the kiwis, you can add a bit of ice but you don’t need to.
- blend until the kiwis are incorporated into the juice. Enjoy.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.