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A Juice for Spring Detox

By Travis Metzger /

A Juice for Spring Detox

The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is tremendously healing in nature and remarkably adaptable to individual needs. Based on 3,000 years of study, TCM seeks to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom to support and strengthen your body and your energy, or Qi.

Just as we take time to give our homes a thorough cleaning each spring, it’s important to give our bodies that same detoxifying cleanse, enabling them to operate at peak efficiency.
A detox can range from simple adjustments in your diet to complex master cleanses. Either way, the goal is always to rid your body of toxins that pollution, processed foods, and alcohol leave behind. Your body is already equipped to cleansing itself, and it’s important when detoxing not to impede the natural processes.

Taking the time to breathe, do a little more exercise, stocking your fridge with healthy, whole foods and letting go of negative emotions will set your mind and body in the right directions. Little things like adding a fresh juice to your diet a few times a week will cleanse your pallet and have you craving healthy foods.

I love how potassium rich celery combines with fruit, its natural saltiness compliments and balances the sharp and bitter flavors of the grapefruit. Grapefruit is incredibly refreshing and the sweetness increases as the fruit darkens. Packed with vitamin C, grapefruit is an antioxidant that can cleanse your system by aiding with digestion and easing constipation. Spinach is one of the most nutritious greens, filled with iron, beta-carotene and vitamin C, it provides a nice depth to the juice and rids your blood of toxins.

Chinese Medicine Benefit
Grapefruit - Supports stomach, spleen and lung, counteracts heat, resolves phlegm and promotes Qi circulation.
Spinach - Supports large intestine, stomach and liver, tonifies blood and yin, and counteracts heat.
Celery - Supports liver, stomach, kidney and bladder, counteracts damp and heat, drains water.


Grapefruit, Spinach and Celery Juice

Serving Size

Prep/Cooking Time
Prep time: 5 minutes / Cooking time: 5 minutes

2 Grapefruit
4 Large handfuls spinach
5-8 Stalks celery depending on size


Juice all ingredients and enjoy!


Travis Metzger is a Minneapolis-based chef and co-founder of DAO Labs. An avid health enthusiast, he’s juiced and eaten his way to health, combining his passion for fresh ingredients with flavors that make the palate sing. He combines his training at the New England Culinary Institute with his frequent travels to and throughout Asia to create recipes for The Way and DAO Labs that bridge the culinary aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the western diet and ingredient options. Travis can be reached at

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