Flint Friends First! Detox Juice

-By Hertha J. Woodruff, A.M.L.S., M.A.


Hats off to all of the generous celebrities, Greek organizations, businesses and others who have provided an abundance of bottled water to Flint, Michigan, residents who have been using lead contaminated water since April 2014.  We at Orchard Maple Family Dental are providing a detox juice recipe for our Flint friends and neighbors.  We have also been collecting bottled water at Orchard Maple Family Dental to donate to our Flint friends.  Flint Friends First!

This will be my tenth year in September 2016 of living the vegan lifestyle after losing my mother to cancer in September 2006.   I have felt a strong urgency to research what plant ingredients would be helpful for detoxing lead.  My heart goes out to the little children of Flint who may suffer the most.  Having a background in education and library science, I have researched the nutrients needed to detox lead.  Vitamin C, calcium, and iron are on the top of the list to help with the detoxing process.   I have read in the news that fresh fruits and vegetables have been recommended by nutritionists to the Flint community.  From the books that I have read and the plant-based workshops/lectures that I have attended through the years, I have learned that it is best to juice to acquire the proper nutrients quickly into the bloodstream when attempting to alleviate a health concern.

Here is a simple juice recipe that is sweet in taste due to the orange and apple ingredients.  However, one concern of mine is that everyone does not own a juicer.  This recipe can’t be juiced in a blender.  It requires a juicer to extract only the juice.  I have been satisfied with an Omega juicer that I have owned and used for several years.  It is my fourth juicer and the best one yet since it is simple to use and easy to clean.  I challenge that donated funds to the Flint community also be used to purchase large, commercial juicers for schools, community centers, churches, hospitals, farmers’ markets, or wherever crowds gather, so that plant-based juices can be made accessible to children and other residents.  A fresh juice should be consumed on the same day that it is made or within 24 hours to ensure freshness.  It must be refrigerated.

Here is my simple detox juice recipe that I have created and tested:

Flint Friends First!  Detox Juice

1 Orange

(Peel orange and use entire orange flesh, not rind.  Oranges are high in Vitamin C, are a natural antibiotic that can strengthen the immune system, and have cleansing properties.  The orange adds sweetness to this natural juice recipe.)

1 Apple  

(Use whole apple.  Slice, use core and skin.  Apple sweetens juice, neutralizes and eliminates lead toxins.  Apple pectin is phenomenal!)

2 Large Handfuls of Fresh Parsley

(Parsley is an excellent cleanser of the liver.  It is high in calcium, iron, chlorophyll and has Vitamin C, etc.)

1 Clove of Fresh Garlic

(Garlic contains Vitamin C, calcium, iron, etc., is a good liver cleanser, and is excellent for detoxifying chronic lead poisoning.  It is a natural antibiotic.)

½ Inch of Fresh Ginger

(Ginger is a natural antibiotic, is high in Vitamin C, iron, calcium, etc.)

1 Large Fresh Celery Stalk, Cut into 1 Inch Pieces

(Celery reduces acidity, an excellent food for toxicity, has chlorophyll, calcium, iron, Vitamin C, etc.)

Optional Two Ingredients That Can Be Added to Detox Juice, Only If Desired:  

The following two foods items are not offered in all grocery stores.   Whole Foods Market carries them.

 ½ Handful of Fresh Wheat Grass

(Wheat grass is very high in chlorophyll, contains Vitamin C and calcium, etc.  Cleanses and detoxifies the blood and liver.  Strengthens the immune system.)

1 Large Handful of Fresh Cilantro

(Substitute 1 large handful of cilantro for the 2 large handfuls of parsley in recipe above.  Use 1 large handful of parsley and 1 large handful of cilantro in the recipe above.  Cilantro contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, chlorophyll, etc.  Cilantro is a heavy metal detoxifier.  It will flush lead out of the body.)

Detox Juice Recipe Yields: One Serving

Children and adults can drink this detox juice once a day, or 3 times a week, or whenever possible.


Blood Sugar Issues?

You may wish to check with your physician before drinking juices made with fruit.   I use green Granny Smith apples which are tart and slightly sweet.  You could substitute lemons for oranges.


Flint Friends First!


References Used:

Cabot, M.D., Sandra.  Raw Juices Can Save Your Life: An A-Z Guide.  Glendale: SCB International, Inc., 2001.

Kordich, Jay.  The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing.  New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1992.

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