If you could kick-start your detoxification systems and metabolism in just 5 minutes a day, would you do it?
I’m all about making “getting healthy” as quick and easy as possible. And sometimes, 5 minutes is all I have.
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Maybe that’s because I have Lyme disease and struggle with debilitating fatigue and muscle weakness. Or maybe it’s because I have 3 rowdy playful kids who are full of life and surprises that keep me busy.
For you, maybe it’s a full-time job that leaves little room for detox protocols.
Whatever the case may be, most of us could use a little help in the detox department.
That’s why I’m so excited to share this detox smoothie with you today! It comes together in 5 minutes or less and is loaded with nutrients that are detoxifying, alkalizing and anti-inflammatory.
Being low in sugar, high in quality protein and plenty of healthy fats, this detox smoothie also works to boost your metabolism first thing in the morning!
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What Makes This Smoothie Different?
Thanks to the internet, detox smoothies are a dime a dozen these days.
The problem with most smoothies is that they’re loaded with sugar. Even though it may come from fruit, fructose is still sugar. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who deal with:
- Leaky Gut
- Lyme disease (and other sugar-eating bacteria)
- And more
It’s generally best to limit your sugar intake.
With that said, here’s the recipe!
Feel free to switch up some of the ingredients to your taste buds. For instance, almond milk is a great substitute for coconut milk, and strawberries would be a good swap for the blueberries.
Chocolate Moringa Detox Smoothie
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 big handful spinach
- 1 small handful chopped kale
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ of an avocado
- 1 Tbs chia seeds soaked in ½ cup water for 5 minutes
- 1 heaping Tbs raw unsweetened cacao powder
- ½ tsp moringa powder
- ¼ tsp stevia powder optional to add sweetness
Place coconut milk, greens and frozen blueberries in the blender first.
Add remainder of the ingredients and blend on medium to high speed until smooth.
Pour into your glass and enjoy!
First of all, spinach is loaded with nutrients:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C & E
- And lots more
Besides that, it’s a great source of chlorophyll – a powerful detoxifier known to increase enzymes involved in phase II liver detoxification.
Spinach even tops the list of the most alkaline foods, and the alkalinity vs acidity balance plays an important role in overall detox.
Kale is in the leafy greens family, which is known for its alkalizing ability. Since most pathogens, like bad bacteria and yeast, need an acidic environment to live, alkaline foods provide a great, natural way to stay healthy.
As for nutrient content, kale actually contains more iron per calorie than beef. That’s important because iron aids in the formulation of enzymes and hemoglobin as well as proper liver function and cell growth.
Its fiber content earns it a perfect 1000/1000 score by the popular Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, and we all know how important fiber is in keeping things moving out (including toxins).
However, its primary benefit for detox lies in its ability to bind to heavy metals and escort them out of the body. In one study, mice with mercury toxicity were supplemented with chlorella and saw a significant increase in mercury excretion via urine and feces.
Surprising to many, chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than the “king” of fatty acids – salmon. It’s also a complete protein, providing all 8 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t synthesize on their own.
Besides these nutrients and many others, chia seeds help your body actually absorb the fat-soluble vitamins you eat, including vitamins D, E, K, and A.
Perhaps the most interesting part of chia seeds is their ability to absorb 15 times its weight in water. This not only aids in hydration and electrolyte balance during active detoxing, but it also helps lubricate the mucous membranes within the colon, helping facilitate productive bowel movements.
You’ve likely heard how important the liver is in the detox process. It is, by far, your hardest working organ and is critical to proper detoxing.
And that’s where blueberries come in.
In one study, mice were supplemented with blueberries for 35 days. Researchers then measured their lymphocyte levels, liver enzymes, antioxidant levels and more. The results revealed that blueberries have a significant positive impact on liver health and its proper function.
The flavonoids found in blueberries can also help the kidneys filter toxins more effectively.
Some people are afraid of the word “fat” no matter what form it’s in. The right kind of fats, however, are important to our overall health, especially when it comes to detoxing.
Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, stimulate the gallbladder to release bile, which is important because bile is the “dumping grounds” so to speak of the liver. If bile doesn’t flow properly, toxins remain stagnant.
Avocados also have nutrients that help stimulate the production of glutathione – a critical amino acid involved in phase II liver detox.
No, this isn’t the same stuff that you find in those Hershey’s containers.
Raw cacao is unprocessed and possesses an incredible array of nutrients that are beneficial in all areas, including detox. It’s especially high in antioxidants, even more so than red wine and green tea.
It’s also high in fiber and fatty acids, which aid in feeling full and thereby reduce your chance of overeating.
Besides that, raw cacao has 3 nutrients that stand out in their ability to detoxify the body:
- Chromium: Helps the liver detox from alcohol resulting from fermented sugars and starches.
- Zinc: A necessary nutrient for a healthy liver.
- Magnesium: An alkaline mineral that helps fight acidosis (or an overly acidic environment).
Moringa is a powerful anti-inflammatory with more vitamin A than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. It’s also a rich source of antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid and quercetin, which can help increase antioxidants levels in the blood.
Just check out this study in which women supplementing with moringa leaf powder for three months saw a significant increase in blood antioxidant levels.
Not only that, moringa has been shown to help heal and even prevent liver damage.
I hope these benefits are enough to encourage you to try this detox smoothie. In just 5 minutes, you can flood your body with the nutrients it needs to support critical bodily functions, including your detoxification systems!
About the Author
Jordan is a Lyme disease warrior who’s on a mission to show others how detoxing can transform their lives for the better as it has her own. She’s an avid researcher and professional writer who spends her free time finding smart, safe and affordable ways to detox & publishes her findings at Detox and Prosper. Want to jump-start your detox with a clean diet? Get this done-for-you 28 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan here!