Green Smoothie Detox (Kale Cucumber Smoothie)
As some of you know, I like to do a green smoothie detox two or three times a year. What this consists of is drinking a green detox-ifyin’ smoothie everyday for fourteen days. Admittedly this can get a little bit boring, it’s not like the original cleansing smoothie tastes amazing. (Hey, I’m not going to lie to you!)
Uhm, can you explain why you insist on drinking the green stuff for two weeks?
I put some pretty terrible things into my body. And while I do drink a green smoothie daily, I’m also a sucker for red wine and coffee. Between me and you, occasionally I sneak out and get a big ol’ bag of five cent candy. And I DON’T want to know what magical ingredients makes Pho taste oh, so pho-nonomal. I’m sure there is an (un)healthy amount of chemicals! This all adds up to one thing. Toxins.
Toxins are everywhere!
Our bodies are pretty amazing at naturally removing toxins. However, today we’re exposed to thousands of toxins that didn’t even exist fifty years ago. Even if we eliminate processed foods and try to buy products that are REAL, we still get a great deal of exposure.
The biggest argument I have against gluten products isn’t just the lack of nutritional value, it’s the number of toxins in the products. Despite our best efforts to eliminate sources of toxins we’re still exposed to them through vegetables, fruits, water and plastics.
Our places of work are notorious for exposing us to toxins.
If we’re ingesting more toxins than our bodies are able to get rid of where do they end up?
They don’t just float around in our bloodstream patiently waiting to leave. Eventually, the toxins will bond to fat and that’s where they remain until you kick them to curb.
Gettin’ rid of those toxins!
The sad reality is, most of us are ingesting more toxins than we’re expelling, which leads to an abundance in our bodies and ultimately our fat stores. When you burn fat, it releases these toxins back into our systems, where we give our bodies another chance to remove them. Meanwhile, we’re overloading our system daily with NEW toxins, which makes it’s difficult to reduce the overall level of toxicity in our bodies.
The Green in Green Smoothie
This is where those healthy vegetables come into play. Dark greens, such as spinach and kale bind to toxins and help to carry them out of the body. Initially, this detoxifying process can actually make you feel worse.
If you’ve never detoxed and you’ve been consuming a lot of processed foods over the years, feeling off is often a sign that your body is ridding itself of harmful toxins.
Personally, I felt a lot worse before I felt better. Trying to flush out twenty-something years of toxic build up can have strange have strange side effects. And I know I’m not alone here. This is why I detox every three or four months. I like to refer to it as a maintenance detox and drinking a Kale Cucumber smoothie for several weeks straight ensures I don’t end up where I came from.
1 Cup Frozen Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries or Blackberries will work!)
1 1/2 Cups Water
1 1/2 Cups Kale
1/2 Peeled Lemon
1/2 Peeled Lime
1 Handful of Cilantro (Or Parsley)
The Final Sip
While I can’t guarantee I’m going to live like a monk and always avoid things I know I should (like Red Wine hangovers). I do my best to eat a clean diet and regularly give my body a chance to expel those nasty toxins so I don’t end up in a downward spiral. If you don’t think you’re up for a full blown green smoothie detox, check out our Green Smoothie Challenge or the Green Smoothie Bible (it includes a 3 day detox, meals and all).