Your liver is pretty important (aka, essential) for maintaining good health. It is in charge of clearing out all the toxins that we put in our bodies through food and drinks, plus what we ingest through polluted air, water, cleaning products, air fresheners, makeup and lotions, etc… That’s a lot of possible toxins going in, so maybe we should help get them out, yes?
This smoothie sounds like it could be a little nasty but it’s really not! And plus, how nasty was that shot of whiskey? You swallowed that no problem! Show your liver some love and drink this for breakfast every once in a while.
Here’s why this smoothie will give your liver a little help:
Turmeric is amazing. It’s got a gingery taste that works so well in all sorts of sauces, smoothies, soups, and dressings. It works with your bodies enzymes to help move toxins out of the body, and thus detox the liver. It’s a powerful antioxidant and also increases the production of your bodies own antioxidant enzymes. It’s also a major anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation has been linked to almost all major prevalent western diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Beets are also high in antioxidants, but they also contain pectin, a fibre that helps make sure that toxins eliminated by the liver are flushed out of your system rather than being reabsorbed. Because of this, it’s often recommended to eat beets in their whole form, as opposed to juicing them. Beets also help cleanse the liver because they have betalains, which stimulate the liver cells to eliminate toxins. Betain, an amino acid found in beets is also good for your brain! It’s used to make your bodies natural antidepressants, so eat up and stay happy.
Apples also contain pectin to help with that whole flushing out toxins rather than reabsorbing them thing, and are a good source of antioxidants.
Lemons actually stimulate your body to naturally release stored toxins. This is why a lot of people recommend starting your day with lemon water. Speaking from experience, this definitely helps with digestion, which is your bodies way of eliminating waste. Pooping is good for you. There, I said it.
Spinach has a significant amount of glutathione, which helps detox the liver. Make sure to eat it raw though, as cooking it seems to get rid of the glutathione.
Chia seeds have a ton of health benefits, but for detoxing, they contain a lot of fibre which helps your body clear and remove toxins. (You know, that whole poop thing). Plus they are a great source of Omega-3s, which is important for a healthy and happy brain. Happy is always good. (More on the importance of Omega-3s here!)
I decided on cherries because they are really sweet and blend nicely when frozen to make really tasty smoothies. Plus the red cherries with the red beets is just really pretty. However, they are also great for detoxing because they’re high in antioxidants and fibre, helping the body eliminate free radicals through digestion. Winning!
- 1 inch of fresh turmeric
- ½ cup raw shredded beets
- 1 packed cup raw spinach leaves
- ½ a fresh apple, or ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, milk of choice, or coconut water
- Roughly chop turmeric and apple, and shred beets with a cheese grater.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
- Best tasting when enjoyed immediately, but stays pretty well in the fridge over night if you want to prep ahead.