Kale Ginger Detox Smoothie
Happy New Year!
This smoothie mix was formulated to regulate your body back to homeostasis after all of your holiday celebrations!
Your body tightly regulates pH levels, (the balance between acidity and alkalinity).
In nutrition, certain foods have an acidic effect on the body after consumption, and certain foods have an alkaline effect.
Plant foods such as kale which is high in chlorophyll, and ginger- are some of the most alkaline promoting superfoods you can use to support regulation.
Prevents heart disease: Kale is rich in Vitamin C, and may help lower the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease. The high amounts of potassium can help lower high blood pressure, which also aids in heart health.
Prevents macular degeneration: As a dark green leafy vegetable, kale contains lutein, which helps to protect your vision against macular degeneration and cataracts.
Relieves pain: Because ginger blocks the pro-inflammatory hormones, it may also be useful in helping people who suffer from the pain of migraines; studies suggest that taking ginger at the first sign of a migraine can help reduce symptoms.
Ginger may also help those afflicted by arthritis. Studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience less pain and swelling when they take powdered ginger daily.
Reuces stress, anxiety, & depression: Bananas contain tryptophan and 30% of your day’s vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin. Tryptophan and B6 eillnhrlp you get through the day with less stress. Tryptophan also helps to relieve depression and anxiety.
Combats sleeplessness: Tryptophan, The same amino acid that is a stress, can also help induce sleepiness. Have one before bed for a better shut-eye.
Reduces the risk of diabetes: Beta- carotene is linked to a lower risk of diabetes. Several studies have found that people with the highest blood levels of beta-carotene had 32% lower insulin levels (suggesting better blood sugar control) than those with the lowest levels.
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease: A U.S government study found that volunteers who ate about one cup of carrots a day had an average 11% reduction in their blood cholesterol levels after only 3 weeks. The cholesterol-lowering effect is likely because of the high soluble-fiber content of carrots, mostly in the form of pectin.
Antioxidants: Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols . Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease. Inflammation is incredibly important because it helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage. However, inflammation can become a problem when it’s chronic and directed against your body's own tissues. Cinnamon may be useful in this regard.
Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10–12 times their weight in water. Fiber also has various beneficial effects on health.
Boosts Immunity and Kills Bacteria: Bee pollen extract was found to kill potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as well as those that cause staph infections. Bee pollen was shown to significantly reduce the activation of mast cells. Mast cells, when activated, release chemicals that trigger an allergic reaction.
Bee pollen antioxidants may reduce the severity and onset of allergies, and kill several harmful bacteria.