butternut squashAlthough technically a fruit, butternut squash is one of the tastiest members of the cucurbit vegetable family. Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere new its ancestor as "askutasquash", which was eaten raw and unripe. Centuries later this species would be developed into the current "butternut" variety with its signature sweet, buttery, and nutty flavor. Butternut squash is well known for containing high levels of vitamin A, and is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, which are all needed for a healthy immune system and to promote healthy bowel movements. It is commonly used as a base ingredient for a variety of immunity boosting and bowel regulating soups, particularly in the fall or winter months when they are harvested.

RhubarbRadix et Rhizoma Rhei (also known as rhubarb root or Da Huang) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the knotweed family Polygonaceae that is closely related to edible rhubarb. While it is commonly used as an ornamental garden plant, it is one of the key herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore metabolism, dispel stasis, and eliminate toxins, particularly those that have accumulated in the intestines. It considered a "yin-within-yin herb" that pushes out the old to create the new, expeling old filth in order to quiet the five yin organs.

Carrots of many colorsPacked with essential vitamins and minerals, carrot juice is one of the best fresh vegetable juices to consume. Because of this it is often used as a foundational juice in many combinations of freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices that are used to provide essential nutrients. Carrots are well known for containing high levels of vitamin A, which is needed for a healthy immune system and to promote good eyesight. When combined with juiced watermelon and lemon, the healing benefits of carrots are enhanced to produce an all natural detoxifying, rejuvenating, and alkalizing thirst quencher.

Ziziphus JujubaSemen Ziziphi Spinosae (also known as zizyphus seed, Suan Zao Ren, or sour jujube seed) is one of the most commonly used herbal substances in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is derived from the same Suan Zao or Zizyphus Jujuba plant that also produces Dao Zao, or jujube fruit, a commonly used Qi tonic. Semen Ziziphi Spinosae is actually the seed of the jujube fruit, and it is considered one of the most useful sedative herbs in the Chinese medicine pharmacopoeia.

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