The holiday season has passed, and we’ve entered into another new year! Collectively, the human race often enjoys a sense of renewed motivation and inspiration around this time. However, many of us may find ourselves feeling sluggish, unmotivated, drained, or a little “down” emotionally. While there may be many reasons for this, at the top of the list is the dietary overindulgence so common during the holiday season. By cleaning up your diet, you’ll not only give your liver a break, but you’ll also experience
- More mental clarity
- Less irritation, fatigue, anxiety, and depression
- Better sleep
- Increased energy levels
Working towards new goals and resolutions can be challenging when you’re not feeling your best, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. In order to experience an increased sense of overall wellbeing, we at Jupiter Counseling always suggest a holistic approach.
This “detox smoothie” is packed with nutrients to nourish both your mind and body.
Sweet & Green Detox Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 ½ cups of pineapple
- 2 cups organic kale
- 2 cups organic spinach
- 2-inch slice of fresh ginger (peeled)
- 1/2 of an organic cucumber
- 3 cups of either spring water or coconut water
Blend the coconut water, spinach, and kale first – this ensures the leafy greens are fully blended. Then add the frozen banana, blending until smooth. Lastly, add in the pineapple, ginger, and cucumber. Blend and serve or freeze immediately.
The health-benefits of this smoothie are pretty extraordinary! Take a look at the individual benefits of each ingredient.
- Assist in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin (the mood-boosting neurotransmitter).
- Help improve mood by regulating blood sugar.
- Help normalize bowl motility.
- Due to high levels of vitamin B-6, bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells.
- Bananas are high in potassium, an electrolyte that regulates hydration at the cellular level. Among other things, drinking alcohol depletes our potassium levels, so bananas make for a great hangover cure.
- Bananas contain high levels of pectin, which aids in digestion and the removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux and heartburn.
- High in vitamin C, pineapples offer a hearty dose of immune system support.
- Contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps to break down proteins and improve digestion.
- Helps combat inflammation resulting from stress, dietary imbalances, and illness.
- Prevents or relieves cold and allergy symptoms – bromelain helps to reduce mucus in the throat and nose.
- Pineapples are an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is important for energy production and antioxidant defenses.
- Pineapples work from the inside out to treat skin ailments (such as dry skin or acne).
- Aids in digestion, detoxification, and elimination due to its high fiber content (5 grams per cup).
- Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.
- Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, helping to maintain good bone health and a healthy metabolism.
- Kale is ridiculously high in vitamins – just one cup of kale contains 684% of the suggested daily intake of vitamin K, 206% of vitamin A, and 134% of vitamin C.
- Kale has been shown to help lower cholesterol and improve overall cardiovascular health.
- Kale’s anti-inflammatory capabilities are unrivaled among leafy greens, particularly in terms of prevention and even reversal of arthritis, heart disease, and several autoimmune diseases.
- Researchers have found spinach to be extremely anti-inflammatory, due to its high flavonoid and carotenoid content.
- The same nutrients responsible for this leafy green’s anti-inflammatory properties also provide a heaping dose of antioxidant benefits – including vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, manganese, and zinc.
- The high concentrations of vitamin A help skin to remain healthy, retain moisture, fight acne, and reverse signs of aging.
- As with all leafy greens, spinach is an exceptional source of fiber, aiding in the detoxification and elimination process.
- Ginger works wonders on the digestive system – it relieves nausea, stomach cramps, and flatulence. Ingesting some before a meal stokes the appetite and fires up the digestive juices.
- This spicy root has been found to rev-up the metabolism.
- Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory systems’ of the body, including the sinuses. This is a lifesaver during cold and flu season!
- Researchers have found ginger to have significant anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
- Composed of 95% water, cucumbers keep the body hydrated while aiding in the elimination of toxins.
- Full of B vitamins, cucumbers serve as the perfect ‘pick me-up’ in lieu of caffeine.
- To treat or prevent a hangover, eat some cucumber. Cucumbers contain the proper amounts of sugar, B vitamins, and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients and relieve the adverse effects of alcohol.
- Considering that nearly 90% of all headaches are caused by dehydration, cucumbers are the perfect cure – not only will you experience a reduction in pain, but the underlying cause of the headache will be treated.
- Due to its high concentration of potassium and other essential electrolytes, coconut water is the ultimate sports drink and hangover cure. And unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium – it’s also the only sports drink without any chemical additives or added sugar.
- Drinking coconut water improves digestion, prevents indigestion, and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
- Coconut water addresses a myriad of skin issues from within, moisturizing the skin and reducing excessive oil production.