Though I am so not one for traditional "detoxes", I do believe in the importance of supporting the crucial physical process that is detoxification. Instead of deprivation and liquid cleanses, I choose to bolster my body's innate detoxification system with nourishing daily practices throughout the year, and more concentrated efforts at the start of each season. My regular detox-supporting practices include weekly infrared sauna sessions, daily movement, a few Ayurvedic practices, and of course a diet rich in plants.
Four times each year (in coordination with seasonal changes), I lead a Detox Workshop that draws upon the healing practices of yoga, breath work, lifestyle practice education, and food to better support my students + community in clearing accumulated waste and toxicity from the body. It's a true mind-body experience and a powerful way to reset + rebuild a perhaps lagging detoxification system. I just completed the workshop leading into summer, and post-practice I shared this incredibly nourishing + detoxifying smoothie that was too good not to share with all of you.
With the support of some of my favorite herbs from Anima Mundi's incredible line of medicinals, I crafted what has become my go-to smoothie for cleansing and re-alkalizing the body. It's rich in fat for digestion, hormonal, and emotional support, and lots of greens for a heavy dose of purifying chlorophyll. With that said, it's still sweet, creamy, and delicious, making it an especially enjoyable detoxification practice (it's for sure more fun than a colonic).
Below, a few of the nutritive add-ins that I chose to include for their powerful cleansing + balancing properties:
SPIRULINA | A blue-green algae extraordinarily high in chlorophyll, nature's most potent detoxifier. Assists in the removal of toxins from organs + tissues, binds to heavy metals, heals and boosts the immune system, and purifies the blood.
MORINGA LEAF | A highly medicinal plant with a bevy of health benefits, I most love moringa for it's support and protection of the liver.
ALOE | Because of it's gentle diuretic effect on the body (a must if you suffer from constipation), aloe assists in the removal of toxic build-up from the digestive tract. It also has an adaptogenic effect on the brain and body, helping to balance hormones and reduce stress-related toxicity.
ASHWAGANDHA | If you've been reading this journal for a bit, you know true health begins in the mind. In any health pursuit (detox-related or otherwise), I believe supporting the mind + the hormonal system are of upmost important, and so I include ashwagandha in this recipe. This tonic herb is extremely nourishing to the adrenals, thyroid, nervous system, and immune system. It’s a total stress-soother, working to ease anxiety and reduce excessive cortisol release.
LIVER VITALITY BLEND | I have been obsessing over this herb blend from Anima Mundi for a few weeks now. It's a combination of the most powerful liver + gallbladder supporting herbs for improved detoxification, deep mineralization, and more glowy health. This blend includes spirulina, moringa, dandelion root, and milk thistle (among others), making it a great option for those looking to invest in fewer (but still very high quality + effective) supplements.
COCONUT BUTTER | Because it tastes like vanilla frosting and fats are good for it all.
CLEANSING COCONUT + MORINGA SMOOTHIE
- 1 cup fruit (mango, pineapple, berries, etc.)
- 1/2 frozen banana (or alternatively, 1/2 avocado)
- 1/3 handfuls greens
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 2 oz. aloe vera juice
- 1 tsp moringa
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tbsp Liver Vitality Herb Blend
- 1 tbsp ashwagandha
- 3/4 - 1 cup coconut water, plus more to blend
TO MAKE: Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add in more coconut water to reach desired consistency. If you're craving a sweeter smoothie, feel free to blend in some additional fruit - I find pineapple and mango to be the sweetest/best at masking the "green" taste.
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