Drink Your Greens

Another way to get your daily dose of nutrients is by juicing. My Kale Lemonade is a delicious way to keep your body alkaline and get your daily dose of phytonutrients and antioxidants.

If you'd rather get the benefit of the fiber in vegetables, you can blend up a delicious and nutritious green smoothie made from a mixture of chopped leafy greens, a little avocado, some ground flax, sunflower or hemp seeds, a little almond or other grain or nut, milk or water. Season with some umeboshi plum vinegar or a pinch of sea salt for an irresistible finish. You can also add fruits such as apple or banana to give more flavor and creaminess. Other healthful ingredients could be added such as maca powder, soaked chia seeds, protein powder and soaked goji berries.

When I'm traveling and not in a position to eat my daily servings of greens, I'll always take with me a green powder like Green Magma, which is powdered young barley grass or spirulina. This way I can still get the health benefits of my greens to keep me clean and healthy while on the go.

Wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier and is high in chlorophyll, minerals and other nutrients vital to good health. It's an excellent way to cleanse the blood and support the liver. Many health food stores have a juice section where you can get fresh wheatgrass—start with a 1-ounce shot followed by some vegetable or fruit juice, and when your body is more used to the detoxifying effect, you can take 2 ounces. A word of caution: Don't take wheatgrass and follow with vigorous exercise—I did once and regretted it, as I felt nauseous throughout my workout session.

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