Day 5 January Juice/Smoothie Cleanse and Dandelion Greens!

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January 5, 2012 by Living Girl Living Foods

I can’t believe it has already been five days that I have been on my liquid cleanse. My energy is still up; my skin is starting to look amazing almost as good as it looks during the summer time when I get plenty of sun. Everything seems to be going well, except for the small scare I had yesterday.

Last night I went to a heated yoga class. I smelt arguably the worst body odor I ever smelt and freaked out right away. I thought it was me until I went in my car and had a chance to take a big whiff of myself. Thankfully the wannabe Chinese Restaurant, oily, fatty smell that scared me wasn’t me. I noticed that I barely had any smell at all even though I clearly had a good sweat, my hair was wet and curling all over the place.

Just to make sure that everything was all right I made a dandelion based green drink from the book, “Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health” and tested my ph balance this morning too. My ph balance is dead on with being neutral, yay! Below is the juice I made and the health benefits of dandelion greens.

I made the Dark Green Love

Dark Green Love

Recipe:

1 bunch dandelion greens

1 medium cucumber

3 cups water

Yields 2 Quarts

I decided to blend it up to test out my new blender and to get a thicker drink so I would stay full. Unless you are looking for the same feeling I would recommend juicing the dandelion greens and cucumber and adding it to water. The texture can be a bit overwhelming.

This green drink tastes like straight up dandelion green, so it is extremely bitter but great for cleansing and detoxing. What makes dandelion greens bitter is a compound called Sesquiterpene, a well-known stimulant on digestion, liver, spleen, and gall bladder.

They are high in Vitamin A important for healthy eyes and skin. Vitamin-K, which has may aid in bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has a well-known role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Vitamin E, having the potential to prevent migraines, Alzheimer’s, lowers blood pressure, circulatory health, brain function, improving ones immune system and inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is an endless list of benefits! I always imagine a scroll rolling and rolling when I think of everything dandelion greens are good for.

Here is an article that gets straight to the point on how and why dandelion greens are great for one’s health. Below is a USDA National Nutrient data base chart on the nutrition value of dandelion greens.

Dandelion herb greens (Taraxacum officinale), Fresh, Nutrition value per 100 g (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 45 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.20 g 7%
Protein 2.70 g 5%
Total Fat 0.70 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 3.50 g 9%
Vitamins
Folates 27 µg 7%
Niacin 0.806 mg 5%
Pantothenic acid 0.084 mg 1.5%
Pyridoxine 0.251 mg 19%
Riboflavin 0.260 mg 20%
Thiamin 0.190 mg 17%
Vitamin A 10161 IU 338%
Vitamin C 35 mg 58%
Vitamin E 3.44 mg 23%
Vitamin K 778.4 µg 649%
Electrolytes
Sodium 76 mg 5%
Potassium 397 mg 8%
Minerals
Calcium 187 mg 19%
Iron 3.10 mg 39%
Magnesium 36 mg 9%
Manganese 0.342 mg 15%
Phosphorus 66 mg 9%
Selenium 0.5 mg 1%
Zinc 0.41 mg 4%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-α 363 µg
Carotene-β 5854 µg
Crypto-xanthin-β 121 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 13610 µg

I feel like this post is starting to get terribly long so I’m going to quickly wrap things up.

Today I drank:

16 oz Hot Water With Lemon

4 oz Orange Carrot juice

16 oz Cucumber Refresher

12 oz of Dark Green Love

14 oz Senna Tea (herbal laxative tea)

About 1.5 liters water

Mood & Energy:

I woke up 7 minutes before my alarm clock went off and felt ready to go at 4:23!

I have felt energized all day long

No mood swings and I’m pretty sure I haven’t yawned even once

Tomorrow I’m going to yoga in the am, buying produce and Norwalk Pressed juices from Wildflour, as well as getting all packed up for work on Saturday!

I want to thank everyone who has been following my blog, especially the past few days with my cleanse. I’ve received beautiful e-mails and comments from people about my site and cleansing. I love the questions and knowing that this subject has gotten others to think a little differently about their routine, eating habits, and even adding some juices to their diet.

xoxo

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