Since Green Beer is the rage on St. Patricks, we thought we would give you an alternative eye-healthy choice – a Green Smoothie. Whether you drink this the day of or the day after St. Patricks, you will feel better with this detoxing drink.
Drinking this cucumber / celery / spinach green smoothie twice a day for a few days is a great way to detox after the holidays, which seemed to go nonstop from Thanksgiving through New Year’s this past year.
It’s packed full of nutrition that helps detoxify your liver, kidneys and bloodstream, as well as reducing inflammation and helping to rehydrate your body. It also restores your body’s natural pH level, which is critical for optimal immune system reactions, particularly during cold and flu season.
For those of you who have yet to develop a taste for green smoothies without a lot of fruit to make them sweet, if possible, hold the fruit to one half cup mixed dark berries, or one half cup fresh pineapple, or a small apple to keep the sugar content as low as possible.
It takes more time for some people to develop a taste for smoothies and foods with less sugar content, but keep trying. . . it’s important for optimal health.
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1/3 cucumber
- 1/2 celery stalk
- 1 small handful of cilantro
- 1 small handful of parsley
- 1 cup of water, or more
- Optional fruit
- Peel the fresh ginger
- Peel the lemon
- Blend the mixture in powerful mixer and drink immediately
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Parsley, Cucumber and Celery are diuretics and stimulate kidney activity to flush out toxins. The chlorophyll found in Parsley is terrific for blood purification by removing heavy metals.
Cilantro is also an effective method to remove heavy metals from our bodies. Heavy metals are found everywhere – they’re in pesticides and herbicides used to grow our food, in our water sources and everyday products such as shampoo and deodorant. More and more studies are finding that heavy metals are a contributing source of disease and other health issues.
Lemons are great for restoring the natural pH balance in your body. Every day we consume food that is very acidic including wheat, sugar and meat. Adding lemons (and other greens) to your diet will help stabilize your pH level resulting in a stronger immune system.
Ginger reduces inflammation, helps balance blood sugar, and has been shown to be effective at fighting symptoms caused by a head cold or the flu. It also helps digestion and can calm an upset stomach.
Spinach is one of the ultimate super foods. It’s inexpensive, readily available and low in calories, high in chlorophyll, loaded with vitamins and minerals and it’s difficult to find a superior food in terms of protein per calorie.
Enjoy your January detox.
Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD and the Biosyntrx staff.
PS Always drink plenty of good water when taking a few days to detox your body.