If one buzzword has remained constant within the past 10 years, it’s the word “detox.” The body is regularly exposed to harmful toxins from foods in the Standard American Diet, beauty products, and the environment. That’s why health experts strongly encourage regular detoxification. The body has the ability to detox on its own, but the onslaught of toxins and harmful chemicals make those processes difficult. So a little helping hand from natural ingredients is necessary from time to time.
Detoxing works to improve energy levels, may enhance immunity, and aids with weight loss. A detoxing juice or smoothie is a great way to help deliver necessary nutrients to your body. The foods are pre-digested, meaning your body does not have to work to break them down when you consume them. Nutrients in the ingredients in this detox smoothie can aid the body’s detoxification processes. Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, which are necessary for optimal immune function. It also contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme that helps the body break down protein.
Cucumber is a great detoxifier and has a naturally high water content. Not only does it help enhance hydration efforts, but it also contains mineral like magnesium, silicon, and potassium. It also contains sterol, a compound that researchers praise for its detoxifying properties. Finally, the lemon juice is naturally rich in powerful antioxidants, which work to protect the body’s cells from damaging free radicals that cause oxidative stress.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 2 c pineapple, cubed and frozen overnight
- 1 medium cucumber, roughly chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 3/4 c filtered water
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more water and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
- Pour into a large cup and enjoy.