Friday, August 16, 2013

Detox Smoothie: Ginger and Orange

I'm not going to lie I haven't been eating that great lately, so I went on a hunt to find a detox smoothie. There are a lot of great options out there , but all of them mostly required a 3 day commitment, and I just wanted a quick drink with ingredients I already had. I don't know about you, but i absolutely LOVE Ginger and eat it like candy. So I found this recipe on Pinterest (Pinned from Popsugar).This Smoothie is to get out all of that extra sugar and nasty processed foods. (perfect for the Holidays) Lets just jump into the ingredients! 
You will need: 
1 Banana frozen or fresh 
1/4 Inch Ginger peeled and minced (I didn't mince because i have a brand new blender) 
1/2 Cup of Mangos 
1/4 Cup Orange Juice 
1/4 Cup Water
Ice Cubes
I used some Mango from a frozen fruit variety pack so a few pineapples got in there but that's okay !
Why Ginger ? Ginger has so many healthy benefits. Asian and Middle Eastern countries have been using it for thousands of years as Medical Remedies. It helps an upset stomach and nausea that's why moms always give sick kids Ginger Ale! Ginger also carries many anti inflammatory properties, this is great for people for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It is said to just have 1/4 inch of fresh ginger a day to help swelling and pain (increases mobility).It contains a compound called "gingerol" which is an anti inflammatory agent and also a antioxidant which helps protect your body. Also it gives your immune system a good boost to helps to prevent cancer. This has to been eaten on a regular basis to do so. Remember to talk with a doctor before trying to treat yourself! There are way more benefits of ginger but for the sake of you reading a lot , i will only tell you why its in this Detox Smoothie. Ginger contains antibacterial components which helps the circulation in your body and swiftly flushes out toxins.
Why Mango? Just like ginger it has so many benefits to it , but i will only list the relevant one. Mango improves your digestion because the enzymes in it are great at breaking down protein.
Why Banana? Bananas promote healthy bowels, helping constipation and a great alternative to those horrible chemical laxatives. Bananas also provide energy, which is great if you need a little boost to go work out!
Why Orange Juice? it contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and carbonates which are vital in cell repair. So while we detox we need something to repair us !
Of course you need to drink lots of water to truly get all of the benefits and to really flush out your system.

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