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Classic Detoxifying Green Smoothie

Serves 1

This juice is an all-around immune booster and detoxifier in a glass. Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, has been shown to increase red blood cell count and calm inflammation.

Ingredients:

+ 1 handful kale and/or spinach leaves 1 cucumber, skin on, chopped

+ 1 pear, cored and chopped

+ 4 celery stalks, chopped

+ 1 lemon, peeled, chopped

+ 1/4” piece of fresh ginger, chopped Handful of cilantro

+ 1 T extra virgin coconut oil

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender until fully combined. By not using a juicer all the fiber in the skins is maintained and enjoyed!

Kale is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins C and B6, and manganese. A good source of minerals including copper, iron, and calcium. A good source of vitamins B1, B2, and E.

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. The skin is rich in fiber and contains a variety of important minerals, including silica (trace mineral that contributes to the strength of our connective tissue), potassium, magnesium, and molybdenum.

Pears are a good source of dietary fiber which makes them useful in lowering cholesterol levels, vitamins C, B2, and E, copper and potassium.

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, B6, B2, and B1 and fiber, potassium, folic acid, and calcium. Celery contains phytochemical compounds known as coumarins which are being shown to be useful in cancer prevention and capable of enhancing the activity of certain white blood cells. Coumarin compounds also tone the vascular system, and lower blood pressure.

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and B6, potassium, folic acid, and the phytochemical limonene.

Ginger has a long history of alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It is an excellent source of carminative, a substance that promotes the elimination of intestinal gas and intestinal spasmolytic, a substance that relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. Contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols which inhibit the formation of inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers of the immune system).

Cilantro (coriander) stimulates the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver which has a cholesterol-lowering effect.

Coconut Oil contains monolaurin which is antiviral and can be used to treat viral health concerns like the common cold or the flu and is an excellent booster for the immune system.

Source: Adapted from The Autoimmune Solution Cookbook, Amy Myers, MD

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