Day 3 + half way through our detox!

Mango, Ginger + Coconut with Aloe Vera Juice

This smoothie has all sorts of goodness in it. Get ready to wake up your tastebuds, body, and mind with its refreshing and invigorating ingredients.

1/2 cup mango
1/4 inch cube fresh ginger, peeled
2 tsp coconut oil
2 oz natural aloe vera juice, unsweetened
1 Tbs ground flaxseed (can reduce)
1/2 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup pure/filtered water

Mango is rich in vitamins, minerals, pre-biotic dietary fiber, and antioxidants. It is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene,and beta-cryptoxanthin. It is high in Vitamin C, which helps neutralize harmful oxygen-free radicals and contains potassium which is essential in maintaining healthy blood pressure and fluid balance.  Compared to most fruits, mango is fairly low on the glycemic index chart (41-60),  so enjoying mango occasionally will not spike your blood sugar levels.

Aloe Vera is an incredible plant that has many health benefits and medicinal uses. It contains loads of  health benefits and components such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids.  Some vitamins include, folic acid, choline, Vitamins A, C + E, B vitamins, including B12 which is rarely found in plants. Minerals include calcium, magnesium, as well as selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. Aloe vera also contains all 8 essential amino acids, as well as fatty acids which help lower fat in the blood cells and help reduce allergy symptoms as well as acid indigestion.

Aside from all of the vitamins and minerals aloe vera juice is extremely beneficial in the detoxification process. It also helps to soothe the digestion track, and regulates the digestive system. Because aloe vera is a gelatinous plant, when digested,  the gel moves through the intestines and absorbs any toxins and unwanted waste, helping to eliminate and flush out of the body. Aloe vera is alkalizing, which helps balance the pH in your body, as well as an anti-inflammatory and immune booster.

Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and immune booster. It helps to also improve digestion, absorb and assimilate essential nutrients throughout the body, ease muscle or joint discomfort, clears ‘microcirculatory channels’  (including sinus cavities),  and helps to clear nose and throat congestion. 

Flax seeds – these tiny little seeds are nutritional power houses. First, they are a great source of fiber, helping to regulate digestion and aid in the detoxification process. Flax is a great plant source of the essential fatty acid, Omega 3. Theses little seeds also contain potassium for a healthy heart and muscles, as well as iron and zinc to boost your immunity. They contain trace minerals such as riboflavin and niacin, thiamin, and B vitamins (all which help to turn food into energy). They must be ground in order to gain all of the benefits they have to offer. When consumed whole they pass right through and are not digested fully.

Coconut oil is an amazing superfood filled with so many health benefits and nutrients. Coconut oil contains antioxidants, helps to absorb nutrients and vitamins, has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It is made up of mostly  Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), which unlike Long Chain Fatty Acids, are sent straight to the liver for energy production. It kills candida growth,  corrects many skin conditions, helps with hypothyroidism, and helps speed metabolism.

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Join me in a spring cleanse

Spring is a time for new beginnings and growth. It is a great time of the year to do a full body cleanse. Get rid of the unwanted toxins and replenish your body with rich nutrients, vitamins and minerals. After your cleanse you will feel rejuvenated, fresh, and clear minded.
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‘The age old tradition of cleansing detoxifies the organs and keeps the body operating efficiently – giving us a fresh new start. There are a wide variety of ways to cleanse. You may choose to practice one day each week or maybe you prefer to cleanse one week each year. Perhaps you adopt a raw foods diet or choose a full juice cleanse. Regardless of the cleanse you choose, just be sure to educate yourself on how to best support your metabolic system, facilitate detoxification, and nourish your body throughout for optimal results.’ -Bauman College

Regardless of the cleanse you chose, here are a few of my favorite (and simple) cleansing tips:

1. Start each morning with a fresh lemon/ginger elixir. Mix equal parts water and fresh lemon juice, grated 1 inch piece of ginger, a dash of cayenne and either agave, good quality maple syrup or honey. Mix well and sip first thing in the morning.

2. Sip room temperature water through out the day.

3. Drink dandelion tea, any other herbal teas, and coconut water. Also, kombucha in limited doses.

4. Add 1 tsp chia seeds to large glass of water or water canteen. They are loaded with omega 3’s and help keep you hydrated!

5. Eliminate all processed foods, sugars, meat and dairy. (Depending on what cleanse you may still eat meat, just cut down on your intake and be sure to eat grass fed and organic). I also eliminate all wheat containing foods.

6. Nix all caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

7. Incorporate gentle exercises such as yoga or a 20-30 minute walk.

8. Take a bath with epsom salt and a few drops lavender essential oil.

9. Load up on fresh veggies and fruits- so important! Especially leafy greens, asparagus and berries. Add fresh herbs to your cooking, they contain a lot of detoxifying properties.

10. Get sufficient sleep and meditate daily.

These are just a few tips that I follow when I cleanse. What are some of YOUR favorites? Please share!

Also, be sure to check back  on my blog and/or facebook page for cleansing recipes I will be cooking up over the next two weeks!