Detox smoothie recipe. When making a smoothie, many people think: “A treat!”. And while this holds true in all shapes and forms, different recipes have different effects. So, why not go for a recipe that boasts benefits for a specific issue?
Preparing a detox smoothie recipe is not about forcing yourself to detoxification. A smoothie diet, in general, is not about restrictiveness. On the contrary, it’s all about the freedom of making the right combination – in taste and benefits.
While it’s probably not very healthy to jump from diet to diet continuously, having an occasional detox meal can do wonders for your body, and your health in general. Modern day life, as fast and demanding as it is, it is also quite toxic. At least compared to life until some decades ago. Fast and heavily chemically processed or treated food, lack of time for a proper meal, eating while standing or commuting, lack of sleep with increased consequent stress are just few of the additions to our contemporary daily routine.
Everyday routines nowadays include explicit health caution and wise meal choices just to maintain good health condition. A detox recipe every now and then is a good opportunity to cleanse your body and revitalize some basic bodily functions. It is an opportunity to stray just a little bit from the unfavorable diet.
Why detox smoothie recipe?
There are more different ways of implementing detox diet in your daily menu, however not all ways are equally beneficial. The smoothie diet is especially beneficial mostly because it allows its ingredients to keep their fiber contents. Fiber is one of the key ingredients whenever attempting a detox diet. It eases bowel movement and regulates gut flora.
In addition, I would like to point out that if you want to extend the detox diet beyond a single meal, it is recommended to consult your healthcare professional first. Detox diets are complex and can lead to short-term exhaustion and fatigue.
Since that’s been cleared out, let’s check out today’s detox smoothie recipe. The ingredients have been carefully chosen to provide a high quality detox effect, and a synchronized taste.
Speaking of a high quality detox ingredient, dates are quite the choice! Easy to digest, they contain dietary fiber that is very important because it helps transport the waste through the colon while clearing the bowels from toxic chemicals along the way. Also, they are rich in antioxidants that viciously fight dangerous free radicals. Along with the anti-toxic environment, dates are good for reversing issues related to the reproductive system. Additionally, their sweet taste make for a great start of this recipe.
Due to the myriad of health benefits, permanent funny taste as well as the irresistible aroma, the lemon is a very common detox program ingredient. It holds astounding amounts of vitamin C, so it is a powerful infection fighter. There are, however, plenty of other nutrients within the lemon that make up for many other health benefits. The so-called flavonoid glycoside nutrients, named esperetin and naringenin, are actually found in most fruits of the citrus family. This amazing nutrient combination enables and empowers anti free-radical activity. Some of lemon’s detox properties include:
- Clean-up of the blood vessels
- Protection of the inner blood vessels’ walls from the alarmingly dangerous roaming radicals
- Help in reducing the chances for developing a heart disease
- Also great source of fiber, and we mentioned above how fiber influences the gastrointestinal tract.
Lemons’ cleansing effect does not stop there, however. One of their probably less popular benefits is promoting kidney health by helping dissolve and consequently remove kidney stones.
Spinach, as a member of the extremely healthy leafy vegetables group, brings about some really useful detox promoting nutrients. First of all, spinach can lower or diminish cravings. Also, spinach is rich in flavonoids that play the role of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent oxidation of cholesterol, thus offering protection from malicious radicals. This effect is most powerful in the colon. Lowering the blood pressure and promoting cardiovascular health are also more important benefits for today’s detox smoothie recipe. The brain – and general mentality – health benefits are just some of the additional spinach benefits.
Protip: when cooking spinach, add some lemon juice and cook it very lightly in order not to eradicate the iron contents within.
Bananas represent another common smoothie ingredient, however for today we use it mostly due to its detox benefits. Same as the dates and the lemon, bananas contain fiber, thus very friendly to the gut. They are also rich in vitamin B6 (approximately 1/3 the daily needs), which makes bananas a powerful fighter against anemia, while also decimating the possibilities for developing coronary artery disease. The magnesium contents in bananas actively works towards making the bones stronger, however for today’s detox smoothie recipe I want to focus on its ability to protect the heart. The manganese in the banana serves as an antioxidant enzyme activation agent.
Another fiber rich ingredient. It only goes to show how important fiber is for a detox diet, and for general health alike. Flaxseed contain minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. They are good in reducing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. There are also polymers called lignins which are known to lower the risk of developing cancer, more specifically colon cancer. Also, flaxseed help regulate the blood cholesterol, which is good in the effort of preventing heart disease.
The penultimate ingredient for today’s high quality detox smoothie recipe. Highly popular for its health benefits, ginger brings it all, starting with the very specific taste and scent, and ending with the variety of potent health properties. The latter even got ginger listed as a flatulence medicine.
It’s also an excellent source of a lot of minerals – copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium, etc – and vitamin C. Ginger eases stomach sickness and vomiting, and bears soothing effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Even more important, before easing stomach sickness, ginger prevents bloating. It also acts as a pain relief, and a powerful morning sickness medicine. And when it comes to motion sickness, there is a popular notion that ginger beats even some official medicine, especially since it’s extremely safe, and only small dose is usually enough to do the job. Honorable mention goes to ginger’s distinctive anti-cancer effect, as well as the ability to counteract chemotherapy side-effects.
Detox Smoothie Recipe
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup of spinach
- 3 dates
- 1 banana
- a cup of water
- 1 tsp flaxseed
- 1 tsp ginger powder