Detox smoothie recipes are becoming increasingly popular for those wishing to enhance their bodies’ natural process of neutralizing and eliminating harmful toxins. Whereas, traditionally, foul tasting homeopathic herbs and elixirs were ingested to accomplish the task, health aficionados are now turning to detox smoothies that are more pleasing to the palate while providing the additional health benefits of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables and their accompanying fiber. And, once undertaken only by a select uber-health conscious few, detoxing and periodic cleanses have gained mass appeal thanks to popular programs such as the Dr. Oz Detox and Oprah Winfrey’s 21-Day Diet Detox.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that our environment is saturated with toxic substances such as heavy metals and other harmful organic and inorganic compounds. The body naturally processes these toxins through the kidneys and liver and then eliminates them via your breath, feces, sweat, and urine. However, when these natural flushing mechanisms become blocked, dangerous toxins are stored elsewhere in the body and begin to accumulate. A good detox program will rid your body of accumulated toxins and unblock your system’s natural ability to process these harmful substances.
What Are Detox Smoothies?
Detox smoothies are blended drink recipes specifically designed with ingredients known to accelerate the flushing of toxins from the body. In addition to the desired system flush, our detox smoothie recipes also provide hyper-hydration, vitamin and mineral rich nutrients, fresh antioxidant delivery, and a virtual cornucopia of other highly beneficial vitality boosters. And, our smoothies simply taste great which makes one more likely to stick with a detoxification program.
Detox Smoothies vs Weight-Loss Smoothies
Detox smoothies are primarily designed to help your body flush out toxins. Although incidental weight loss may be a fortunate byproduct of such beverages, the shedding of pounds is not their ultimate goal. Weight loss smoothies are generally designed with one thing in mind: to lose weight! This is usually accomplished by substituting a regular meal or two per day for a nutrient-rich, low calorie smoothie or through the introduction of a stimulant, such as caffeine, to facilitate an elevated level of calorie burn. Often, similar ingredients appear in both detox smoothies and weight loss smoothies. However, the smoothie recipes are created with completely different goals in mind, and it is important to clearly define your goals prior to embarking on any detoxification or system cleansing adventure. Ideally, you should complete a healthy detox prior to proceeding with a weight-loss program.
Detox Smoothie Ingredients
A great many healthy foods have been found to indirectly assist with the detox process. However, the following detox smoothie ingredients have been shown to directly benefit kidney and liver detoxification:
|Beets contain the chemical compound betaine that has been shown to protect the liver from damage and helps the liver process fats more efficiently.|
|Cranberry juice is high in vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants and has become popular in the detoxing community for its ability to efficiently flush undesirable compounds from the system.|
|Dandelion Greens, a great source of vitamin A, calcium, iron, and potassium, are also a diuretic that assist in the elimination of harmful toxins through the kidneys and liver.|
|Grapefruit contain phytonutrients called limonoids that make toxic compounds more water soluble and, therefore, easier to eliminate from the body.|
|Green Tea is an excellent source of polyphenols that help rid your body of potentially harmful liver and kidney clogging compounds and facilitates detoxification as a diuretic.|
|Leafy Greens neutralize toxic heavy metals and are rich in chlorophyl that purifies the blood. In addition, they provide an abundance of antioxidants.|
|Purple Cabbage increases the amount of glucosinolate in your system which aides in liver enzyme production and provides amazing cancer prevention benefits.|
|Turmeric greatly enhances a system cleanse by elevating the enzymes UDP glucuronyl transferase and glutathione-S-transferase which are responsible for neutralizing unhealthy toxins.|
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Elle Kenwood co-founded Make Drinks in 2013 and serves as its Editor-In-Chief. An active CrossFit Level 3 Trainer with a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, Elle leads the team in curating and developing delicious smoothie and juice recipes, literally wearing out several blenders every year.