If you like to start vegetable and fruit juicing, you may want to consider this healthy Japanese recipe which my husband got from a friend when I was looking for an easy-to-consume detox recipe. Consisting of five all green vegetables and fruits – American celery, green marrow, green pepper, bitter gourd, and green apples, this healthy formula when consumed over a period of time, is believed to be helpful in healing a plethora of sicknesses such as high blood pressure, liver sickness, giddiness, skin itchiness, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes, piles, frequent urination at night, high cholesterol, cold, constipation, obesity, and stomach problems. Swore by this concoction, this friend believed very much in it as he had personally benefited a great deal from its weight loss effects. Furthermore, it was told that the Japanese started drinking enzymes drinks 80 years ago and this fresh raw fruit and vegetable juice is an excellent way to help increase our anti-toxin enzyme intake and keep us healthy and resistant to diseases.
I have tried this detox method several times, for as long as a few weeks in a row, and have found it to be effective for improving my bowel system, appetite, concentration power and energy level.
2 strips of American celery
1 quarter green marrow
Half green pepper
1 quarter bitter gourd
1 green apple (remove core and seeds)
This recipe makes 1-2 cups.
Crush all the five ingredients (room temperature, not refrigerated) with an electric juicer. Take it in the morning with an empty stomach at least half an hr before breakfast. Consume extracted liquid within 15 minutes. The concoction tastes slightly bitter but the addition of apple makes it very palatable.
This formula can be taken for a week to a few months. For a start, to help the body make the adjustments, you can do 2-3 times a week, and then increase to 5 days a week. In the first few days, you might feel bloatedness in the stomach, but it will go away subsequently as you continue with the detox.