You were probably supposed to start a week and a half ago. But if you’re anything like us, you’re just getting ready to get on the healthy New Year’s bandwagon — because sometimes you just need to wind down slowly. Juicing has its detractors (nutritional theory seems to differ from person to person and there’s different news nearly every day), but if you’re looking to jumpstart your internal cleaning (or find a placebo), an additional bottle of liquid vegetables or two might just be the way. Here are the five best detox and cleansing juices in NYC.
Mr. Piña‘s (221 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn; 347-689-9001) Colds Juice
This South Williamsburg bodega/juicery is a local favorite for its fresh products and low price-points. It’s not organic, which is obviously preferable given that the goal is to clean out the toxins, but with the exorbitant rents in this city, forking over $10 for a juice is not always an option. The colds juice here is just $3 for a small and $4 for a large. It contains carrot and beet, both of which are good for the liver. Cucumber promotes kidney function and the ginger is beneficial for digestion.
Juice Generation‘s (69 Prince Street; 212-334-1088) Activated Lemonade
Kind of like a facial for your insides, Juice Generation’s new line of charcoal juices are intended to draw out impurities from the body. Each one is said to contain millions of micro-pores that bind to and remove toxins (and the less toxic the body, the clearer the skin is on the outside). While it’s aesthetically intimidating (it looks kind of like lava), the activated lemonade with lemon, lime, raw agave, alkaline water, and activated charcoal are said to flush out the liver while absorbing all the other pollutants. And it actually tastes somewhat like lemonade.
Juice Press‘s (83 Murray Street; 212-777-0034) Herbal Cleanse Tea
Not for the faint of heart, this tonic isn’t a juice, and it tastes absolutely disgusting. But it sure as hell removes any unwanted substances from the digestive system. The label warns consumers to use cautiously, because it’s “Gentle to some, freight train to others.” We’re not going to lie, we had a hard time getting it down; however, it did seem to do the trick — if you know what we mean.
Luli Tonix‘s Rejuvelixir Cleanse
Intended for daily consumption, this mild cleansing concoction contains a wide array of ingredients that are supposed to alkalize the blood and support liver and kidney function. It blends whole lemon (including the pith and peel) with fresh aloe, pure filtered water, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, a hint of coconut sugar, and a pinch of Himalayan salt. It tastes like a slightly spicier version of lemonade, or even OJ, and it has a nice warming effect. Visit the website for retail information.
Organic Avenue‘s (62 Bleecker Street; 212-358-0500) Jalapiña
If you’re detoxing from an overabundance of jalapeño margaritas, this should be your go-to. With a piquant blend of pineapple, romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, parsley, jalapeño, and cilantro, this potent cleanser tastes just as good as it feels. It contains a wide range of daily vitamins (plenty of greens) and is said to remove toxins from the liver, kidneys, and the rest of the body.
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