Jan 102013
detox smoothies

After all this time, what do we know about detox in general and detox smoothies in particular? In the broadest sense, “detox” is an alternative medicinal practice that has been made very popular by hundreds of products that make the claim they remove “toxins” from the body. That’s fine but what, exactly, are “toxins”?

A good definition of the word is the one put forth by Medline Plus: “Toxins are substances create by plants and animals that are poisonous to humans. Toxins also include medications that are helpful in small doses but poisonous when used in large amounts.” Follow the link if you want to read more.

The products offered around the web and in stores generally focus on “cleansing” the digestive tract because our modern lifestyle and poor diet causes concentrations of toxins that cannot otherwise be removed. This, of course, is nuts.

Our bodies are the result of many thousands of years of evolution. Over the millennia, the  human body has survived global warming, global cooling, poor diet, and countless other challenges. Obviously, the body learned how to cleanse itself long ago without the need of special products.

So what about “detox smoothies”? This is a good question. I think these are in a different category because they are first a smoothie and a detox smoothie only because of their ingredients. And that is the case with this smoothie recipe. At it’s heart it is a mixed fruit smoothie recipe. But, by adding some lemon juice to stimulate digestion it turns into a detox smoothie. Regardless if this is among the detox smoothies or simply a tasty, healthy drink, it is a recipe you should try.

In your favorite blender mix:

– 1 1/2 cup mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
– 1 cup milk (rice, almond, soy, your choice)
– 2 Tbsp. Honey
– 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
– 2 Tsp. lemon juice
– 2 tsp. grated ginger

Detox Smoothies- Berries and More



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