As we partake in the many celebrations of December, we begin to feel a bit worn down by all the unhealthy excesses—food, beverages, late nights, etc. Our bodies simply can’t adapt to the sudden drastic changes they’re put through. What our bodies are begging for is a fresh start, a re-boot.

Just as caring for the body’s exterior has its benefits, cleansing and detoxifying it from the inside offers many health benefits as well, no matter the time of year.

Taking care of your insides:

  • Helps remove waste and toxic chemicals from the colon and body cells;
  • Improves digestion;
  • Tunes up the intestinal system, which gets sluggish without proper fiber and water;
  • Increases energy;
  • Promotes well-being; and
  • May increase nutrient absorption.

A good way to start is with one of my favorite detox juice recipes, which has great cleansers as ingredients. Cucumber and celery are high in vitamins A and C and are natural diuretics. Beets and parsley are high in iron and are blood and liver cleansers. Carrots are high in antioxidants and lemons aid in cleansing the entire body…


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 beet
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • ½  lemon


If using an extractor, juice all ingredients.

If using a blender, peel and cut cucumber, beet and carrots. Add celery stalks, parsley and lemon juice, and blend.

By Carolina Portes