If you’re striving to live a healthier lifestyle, one of the first steps many recommend is using a detox. Detoxes can be an effective way to help you reset your system – if you do it right. Unfortunately, in a world littered with scams like detox pills and miracle cleanse detoxes, it can be hard to believe that something as simple and splendid as a smoothie could do any good.
But the truth is, your body has a natural detox system and with the right nutrients, you can enhance its performance. This nutrient-rich detox smoothie uses powerful superfoods to help cleanse and detox your body naturally – and it tastes delicious!
P.S. Be sure to save this recipe – it’s the perfect pick-me-up after heavy eating during the holiday season.
Meet the Detox Powerhouses
Ionic-Fizz™ Magnesium Plus™
It wouldn’t be a Pure Essence smoothie recipe without a scoop or two of our renowned Ionic-Fizz™ Magnesium Plus™; after all, it’s a quick and easy way to add extra nutrition to your smoothie. But more than that, magnesium is rich in antioxidants and provides potent anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s not only essential for maintaining good health but also for the removal of toxic substances and heavy metals from the body.*
Pineapples are a natural choice to include in a detox smoothie; not only are they rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that support your intrinsic detox system – the liver, but they’re also a great source of the natural digestive enzyme, bromelain.
Bromelain is a protease-type enzyme, meaning it breaks down proteins (it’s why pineapple juice is a good meat tenderizer). As part of this process, the proteins release amino acids which are necessary for your body’s detoxification process.
A key benefit of fiber is that it helps your body eliminate toxins and waste. Not only does it normalize your bowel movements, but it also binds to toxins and helps move them through your system.
While it might not literally be on the ingredient list, spinach, red beets, apples, strawberries, pineapple, and avocado are all fantastic sources of fiber.
You’ve probably read that lemon water is a great way to help your system detox, however, this actually works best when combined with fiber because it helps your body flush out those fiber-bound toxins. Otherwise, lemons are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamin C, which aid digestion and support your liver.
Cayenne is rich in vitamin A, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals, including flavonoids and carotenoids, which boost digestion and support several crucial body systems. And like many spicy peppers, it contains capsaicin, which can rev up your metabolism and help break down fats. Capsaicin can also help stimulate circulation, regulate blood sugar, and eliminate acidity, which can aid the digestive system in its removal of toxins and waste.
Ingredients1 cup Baby Spinach
½ Green Apple – skin on, cored, & chopped
1 cup Strawberries (frozen)
1 cup Pineapple (frozen)
1 small raw Red Beet – peeled & grated
1 scoop Ionic-Fizz™ Magnesium Plus™
1 cup Coconut Water (or filtered water)
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice (fresh)
½ an Avocado – pitted & peeled
Dash of cayenne pepper
In a blender, add all ingredients, starting with the liquids.
Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Enjoy fresh or refrigerate leftovers for 3 days.