Bitter Green Juice to Heal Digestion & Flush the Liver

alkaline bitter green juice

How Bitter Greens Can Heal Digestion, Flush the Liver & Completely Revitalise Your Energy

This is one of my go-to green juices. It’s called the bitter green juice, but it is delicious. The flavors work so well together and the mint rounds out the bitterness to make this light, refreshing and perfect to kickstart your day!

These bitter greens support the liver, purify the blood, heal digestion and have been shown to:

  • Clear acne & soothe rosacea and eczema
  • Lower LDL cholesterol
  • Reduce inflammation related to weight gain
  • Reduce & remove acid reflux
  • Prevent bloating and gas
  • And so much more

Aside from the greens, the bitter peel has some incredible benefits too. The peel is known to have way more antioxidant flavanoids than any other part of the fruit, and the compounds in the peel have been shown to be strongly anti-inflammatory and offer cardiovascular protection too.

Cancer-Fighting Goodness

The glucosinates in these bitter greens have also been shown in studies to help prevent many cancers (see references below). They are incredibly bioavailable to humans and work in multiple ways to prevent cancer growth AND to support treatments.

This study conducted in China with over 3000 participants, followed over a ten year period found that consumption of these vegetables decreased breast cancer risk significantly. The results were consistent with premenopausal and postmenopausal women AND with hormone-receptor-negative and hormone-receptor-positive cancers.

It’s compelling stuff!

And when you consider that the greens and other goodies in this juice are also proven to help detoxify the liver etc. and contain a huge abundance of alkaline minerals, vitamins, healthy fats (yep leafy greens are omega-3-rich!) and more – this is a super-juice.

Let’s get stuck in:

Ross Holding Bitter Green Juice

The Lifechanging Bitter-Green Juice

Serves 2


2 handfuls of arugula (rocket)
1 bunch cilantro (coriander), leaves and stems (but not roots)
1 cucumber
3 stalks of organic celery
1 handful of kale (any variety)
Juice of 1/2 lemon and the peel of 1/4 lemon (if this is too bitter, you can reduce)
Filtered water to taste


Simply wash and juice all of the ingredients. I tend to juice the leaves between the higher water content veggies (cucumber and celery) as they help wash and push the leaves through the juicer a little.

If the lemon peel is too intense, you can reduce the amount (or if you like it, add more!). Ideally, you’d be getting organic lemons if you’re using the peel too.

Also note, the stems of the kale can be extra bitter too. Now, bitterness is kinda the idea behind the juice, but if it’s too much you can cut the stems of the kale out before juicing.

Add (preferably filtered) water to taste, or to make it into a bigger juice you can drink throughout the day.

Other Bitter Greens to Incorporate in Your Alkaline Life:

Aside from the delicious greens in this juice, you can also add these into your day if you’re looking to rebalance the liver, soothe your digestion, cleanse your blood and restore that effortless pH balance:

  • Amaranth greens
  • Arugula
  • Endive
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Escarole
  • Frisée
  • Kale (including Tuscan Kale, Curly Kale)
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nettles (inc. nettle tea)
  • Radicchio
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress

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Sources & References

Pan JH, Abernathy B, Kim YJ, Lee JH, Kim JH, Shin EC; Cruciferous vegetables and colorectal cancer prevention through microRNA regulation: A review; Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2018 (link)

Shapiro TA, Fahey JW, Wade KL, Stephenson KK, Talalay P; Human metabolism and excretion of cancer chemoprotective glucosinolates and isothiocyanates of cruciferous vegetables. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; 1998 (link)

Keck AS, Finley JW; Cruciferous Vegetables: Cancer Protective Mechanisms of Glucosinolate Hydrolysis Products and Selenium; Integrative Cancer Therapies; 2004 (link)

James D, Devaraj S, Bellur P, Lakkanna S, Vicini J, Boddupalli S.; Novel concepts of broccoli sulforaphanes and disease: induction of phase II antioxidant and detoxification enzymes by enhanced-glucoraphanin broccoli.; Nutrition Review, 2012 (link)

Veeranki OL, Bhattacharya A, Tang L, Marshall JR, Zhang Y. Cruciferous vegetables, isothiocyanates, and prevention of bladder cancer. Curr Pharmacol Rep. 2015 Aug;1(4):272-282. (link)

Zhang NQ, Ho SC, Mo XF, Lin FY, Huang WQ, Luo H, Huang J, Zhang CX. Glucosinolate and isothiocyanate intakes are inversely associated with breast cancer risk: a case-control study in China. British Journal of Nutrition, 2014 (link)

Manthey JA, Grohmann K. J Agric Food Chem. 2001 Jul;49(7):3268-73. Phenols in citrus peel byproducts. Concentrations of hydroxycinnamates and polymethoxylated flavones in citrus peel molasses. (link)

Erland I. Review of the flavonoids quercetin, hesperetin, and naringenin. Dietary sources, bioactivities, bioavailability, and epidemiology; Nutrition Research, 2004 (link)

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  1. BJ Reply

    Sounds wonderful, but I don’t have a juicer…so would be difficult to do the pre-cleanse or cleanse. I’m sure it works,. It has been recommended that I do alkaline diet. I have Stage 4 Kidney disease. I was told in 2017 that I would have to have a transplant, or go on dialysis within 6 months because my kidneys most likely would not last longer or much longer than the 6 months or face imminent death. So far I’ve managed to stay stable since then. The CKD was caused by medication my doctor has put me on in 1990, yet not one doctor ever said it was to be a temporary measure. over 30 years later they still have me on the medication…which I cannot go off of because of fluid retention. Anyway, I’m trying to figure out a way to get a juicer so that I can do this. I have changed my eating habits…gluten free, dairy free, sugar free. I am close to becoming vegan…but still have a piece of chicken from time to time. Thanks for all you do for all the people out here. I hope others hear about the alkaline way of life.

    • ross Reply

      Hey BJ

      Congrats on how well you’ve managed it so far and so sorry to hear the treatment you got from the medical industry (just not surprised, sadly).

      You can follow my ‘pre-cleanse’ protocol without the juices for sure, just stick to smoothies and soups. In fact, you can do the whole ARC with just a blender (it’s just a lot easier with a juicer too).

      Keep doing what you’re doing and see if you can save for a juicer – even a $50-$100 slow juicer from amazon is great and will last a few years. If it takes a while to save, then that’s OK, you’ve got it to look forward to.

      And those little serves of chicken are just fine. Everything in moderation 🙂


  2. Cheryl Reply

    I ordered the Alkaline Reset Cleanse and noticed a few recipes call for avacado. I am very allergic to those, what could I substitute in its place?

    • ross Reply

      Hi Cheryl

      Where it’s used in smoothies, you can swap it by using coconut cream instead of coconut milk. What you’re losing by dropping the avo is

      a) the healthy fat
      b) the thick/creaminess

      The coconut cream adds this back in (albeit a different kind of fat, but still so healthy).

      In other recipes such as salads – you can just leave it out.


      PS. anyone reading this who wants to check out the Alkaline Reset Cleanse Book –

  3. Margaret Reply

    If I buy the book! Will I actually get a hard back book or a down load as I prefer a proper book . I don’t like down loads, I end up not using them.
    Thankyou Ross

    • ross Reply

      The Alkaline Reset Cleanse is a hardcover book, yes ????

  4. Danielle Reply

    You say up above how the mint helps this juice recipe you are providing taste wonderful. The only problem is the recipe you are showing here does not have mint in it. How much mint should be used?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Danielle

      It’s in there, is just a small handful. 1/4 bunch.

  5. Louisa Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I love the sound of this bitter juice and can;t wait to make it. One question though, you mention in the introduction that ‘the mint rounds out the bitterness’ – but mint isn’t included in the ingredients list..
    Just wondering how much to add.

    Thanks Ross,
    Cheers – Louisa