Ginger Mint Detox Smoothie Great for Recovering from a Night out Drinking or Eating Toxic Foods

by Brian P. Ramos

If you want a refreshing, hydrating, and detoxifying drink, then you should try this recipe, especially if you pushed your body away from the balance point the day before by eaten unhealthy foods or drinking too much alcohol.

INGREDIENTS

One bunch of fresh organic mint

Six to eight leaves of romaine lettuce

Water from 1 young, green coconut

One lime (freshly squeezed)

One inch of ginger

1 cucumber (peeled if not organic and if blending).

BENEFITS

Cucumber is obviously high in many important vitamins and minerals. It contains many beneficial anti-oxidants that can reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases. Rich in water, cucumbers are excellent sources of hydration. Being high in water and low in calories, cucumbers help with managing your weight. Lastly, cucumber peel can help reverse diabetic symptoms, such as decreasing blood sugar.

Romaine Lettuce is a dream leaf that is low in calories and high vitamins and minerals, thereby making it another in a long line of superfoods. Romaine lettuce is packed with vitamin C, K, and A, along with folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Coconut Water is the juice found in the center of young, green coconuts.  It is low-fat and very hydrating (94% water). Coconut water is a good source of vitamin C as well as various important minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Coconut water has been shown to lower blood sugar, prevent kidney stones, reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. Lastly, with its many electrolytes, it is a great option after a workout.

Limes are a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and various vitamins. Limes contain vitamin C and flavonoids that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation and strengthen collagen to benefit your skin. Limes help with digestion and weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and improve immune function. Interestingly, lime compounds called limonins may help control cholesterol levels and improve heart health.

Ginger also contains phytochemicals like gingerol that has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant effects. In addition, ginger has been shown to reduce exercise-induced soreness and pain and decrease blood sugar levels and risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Apob/ApoA-1 ratio and cholesterol levels). Lastly, ginger also aids in digestion.

Mint is not consumed in large quantities, but nonetheless contains a fair amount of vitamin A, iron, and other nutrients. In addition, mint helps to alleviate indigestion and soothe your digestive tract.

 

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