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Here it is...the Queen of all Juices! It's cooling, cleansing, light, easy, delicious, pretty, promotes weight loss, energizing, vibrant, and FUN!

Can one simple juice really be so wonderful for your body? Yes!! Following is the recipe, as well as some highlights about the ingredients and why it's so great for your body.

Cooling and Cleansing Juice

(Serves 1)

4 medium apples

1 large lemon

6 medium stalks celery

Directions:

Use only organic produce. Wash apples, lemon, and celery. Cut into sizes that can fit into your juicer's opening. Juice all (including skins of apples and lemon) and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 438

Protein: 4 grams

Carbohydrates: 119 grams

Lipids: 1 gram

Vitamins: 36% of daily needs

Minerals: 21% of daily needs

Lemons are mostly known for their Vitamin C levels, but there is so much more to this fruit than a vitamin. Lemons are known to aid the liver, bringing about cleansing action, aid digestion, support the immune system, inhibit cell division (thus limiting chances of cancer), eliminates many cancer-causing chemicals from the body, dissolves calcium deposits in the body, and aids in weight loss. Not bad for a bright, juicy, sweet-sour fruit!

Celery is incredibly healing for the body. Not only does it decrease the chances of cancer being developed, it's a delicious way to reduce blood pressure. When juicing, try to use the leaves as well as the stalks, since the highest percentages of potassium, Vitamin C, and calcium are found in the leaves. Celery acts as a diuretic in the body, allowing excess fluid retention to be released. It also helps balance hormones within the body, which can be a welcome benefit for women suffering from PCOS and other menstrual disorders.Note: The hypoglycemic qualities in celery help balance out the sugar from the apples in this recipe. So, many who are sensitive to sugar may actually be able to tolerate this drink.

Just about everyone loves apples and knows the famous quote: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But did you ever wonder why an apple is considered so healthy for the body? In the skin of apples are compounds that protect against cancer. Not only that, apples are known to help prevent alzheimer's disease, lower cholesterol, protect bones, reduce asthma problems, prevent breast, lung, colon, and liver cancer, and aids in weight loss. All of that from one simple fruit!

As with any food, moderation and variety is the key. Consuming this drink can be very cleansing for the body, flooding your system with much-needed vitamins and minerals. In order to meet all your body's needs, however, you'll need to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables. This juice is one I return to often, fully enjoying the light, vibrant feeling I experience after drinking it. It's a great way to bring a boost of instant energy into your day and I recommend drinking it first thing in the morning for that reason!

What's your favorite juice recipe? Share it in the comments, now--we'd love to hear from you!

Original Comments

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On June 7, 2011, monkie wrote:

Apple skin = good

apple seeds = NOT good

remember to remove the seeds before you juice your apples :)

(my public service announcement du jour)

On June 7, 2011, Wendi wrote:

Hi there, Monkie!

There is actually a big debate going on about apple seeds and whether they are truly harmful, or not. I was raised to think of them as poisonous, so I don't juice them. There are others, however, who not only juice them but also eat them! We did a brief post about this a while ago here on the blog:

http://rawfoodblog.purejeevan.com/ p=2554

I had apple seeds in a smoothie made by some friends and later I had a migraine and upset stomach. I'm not sure if it was connected, or not, but it sure made me never want apple seeds again, just in case.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! We love you!

Wendi

XOXOXO

On June 7, 2011, monkie wrote:

ooh, thanks, Wendi :)

I was under the impression that eating them was ok, but juicing/blending made more of the toxicity available...

but that cancer comment makes me want to research this more!

On June 7, 2011, Wendi wrote:

Yeah, I'm just not sure about them so I don't eat them or use them when I juice, Monkie. Others seem to do okay, though...

XOXOXO