Raw fruits and vegetables are the heart and soul of a healthy diet and are aggressive cleansing foods. They stir up toxins present in the body tissues, forcing them into the blood and lymph. Raw fruit is the most cleansing food there is. Its high water content and natural sugars act as a detergent, washing away stored excesses and waste matter that are clogging the system.
I am a long-time fan of green smoothies for their ease, digestibility and great nutrition, but a few months ago I purchased a a Nutribullet Pro 900 and I am in LOVE! In a matter of minutes, this "nutrient extractor" blends an assortment of fruits, vegetables, greens, and healthy fats into a delicious and nutrient-rich "nutriblast" that can make an incredible impact on your health.
"The elimination cycle is without question your greatest ally in the preservation of health and the prevention of disease."
Harvey & marilyn diamond, fit for life
Our bodies run on 3 eight-hour cycles each day. Understanding and applying these body clock principles are key to enjoying easy digestion, keeping weight from fluctuating, never experiencing fatigue, and maximizing metabolism. The 3 cycles are:
- noon to 8 p.m. - APPROPRIATION (eating and digestion)
- 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. - ASSIMILATION (absorption and use for rebuilding, renewing, and healing)
- 4 a.m to noon - ELIMINATION (of body wastes and food debris)
For more information on all 3 cycles, you can read Your Three Natural Body Cycles. For this article, I am concentrating on the elimination cycle as we "break-fast" each day. Understanding that this is the period most important for cleansing and releasing toxins, we can then choose hydrating living foods that require minimal digestion to support this cleansing cycle and green smoothies are a perfect choice!
Health Benefits of Green Smoothies
- Natural detox and cleansing
- Promotes natural weight loss
- Increases consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Easy digestibility and nutrient assimilation
- Clearer skin
- Increased fiber intake
- Improved mental clarity, focus, and mood enhancement
- Increased energy from natural carbs
- High in healing antioxidants, phytonutrients, and healthy fats
- Reduce cravings for junk foods by satisfying your natural sweet tooth
- One of the most alkalizing meals on the planet!
"Green smoothies are great anytime during the day, but are particularly excellent for breakfast."
jENNA bARRINGTON, FITLIFE.TV
It is recommended that at least 50% of our diet comes from raw foods not only for their nutrients and cleansing action, but also for the enzymes they contain that help us to digest and metabolize the cooked foods that we eat. In addition to having a green smoothie for breakfast most mornings, my Nutribullet also came with 2 great recipe books that include quick and easy lunch and snack ideas if I'm in a hurry or crave something sweet. (I especially love the frozen banana, walnuts, and raw cacao "nice cream"!!!) Remember to be creative and change it up regularly so you consume a variety of foods - which always makes for the best nutrition!
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Happy, Healthy Living!
JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.
Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program seasonally with coaching, compassion, and humor.