We have covered an abundance of health foods, superfoods, super teas and more on this website and throughout all of it we have been very honest. We haven’t given you the typical spiel, we haven’t lied to you. If a product is weak and not worthy, we’ve mentioned its faults. We’ve dismissed the anecdotal and focused on the scientific and we’ve uncovered some amazing research to reveal what true superfoods are.
In this time we’ve been asked a lot of questions about what the perfect detox smoothie would be. What would you include in a daily detox smoothie if you were to cleanse your body? There are hundreds of healthy herbs, plants and spices out there that are worthy of attention, but we’ve narrowed it down to just a few. A list of the very best detox smoothie health foods, if you will.
Now you just have to worry about finding a way to add all of these to the same drink without it tasting terrible!
This is a yellow root that produces a powder often used in Indian cooking. In recent years studies have begun to filter through to the general public about how effective it could be at doing everything from preventing cancer to curing stomach ailments and even curing cognitive issues. It’s staggering just how many claims exist, and what’s even more surprising is that most of these have actual scientific evidence to back them up.
The most interesting claim, and the most researched one, is that it can prevent cancer and that it can even be used to force cancer cells into retreat. We know that societies who consume this spice on the daily have drastically lowered incidences of certain types of cancer than the rest of us. And as more connections are being made, more health food fanatics are turning toward turmeric.
Buy the spice in its fresh form, buy the powder, buy the tablets—whatever you do, just buy it and use it.
It might surprise you to see a green vegetable on this list, but it’s not all about herbs and spices. This vegetable has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in the vegetable kingdom. What’s more, it contains unique compounds that can fight inflammation and, like turmeric, can even prevent and kill cancer.
We’re serious. The food you hated when you were a kid may actually help to prolong your life. And if that still doesn’t convince you, then how about this: broccoli consumption can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, it can reduce gastrointestinal discomfort and it can relieve constipation. A lot of this is down to the high fiber content, as well as fatty acids and phytonutrients. But this miracle vegetable is also super-rich in vitamins K and C.
Throw the green tea extract away. If you want a super-potent, super-easy version of green tea, then you need matcha tea, not green tea. To understand why this is important you need to understand what tea is. Don’t worry, this won’t take long.
Basically, black tea, white tea and green tea all come from the same plant. When the buds are young they are picked and made into white tea. When they have blossomed they are made into green tea. When they are left to ferment they become black tea.
Matcha tea is basically green tea that has been grown under strict conditions to force more nutrients into the leaves. It is then consumed whole, as opposed to green tea, which is steeped. So not only are the leaves richer in phytonutrients to begin with, by by consuming them whole and not simply drinking an infusion made from them, you’re getting considerably more of those nutrients.
This means that you’re getting a massive dose of the unique antioxidants that make green tea one of the world’s healthiest substances. It can help to burn fat, to improve cognition, and so much more.
This far-eastern ingredient is actually grown in abundance in the United States. It is known as American Ginseng and while it might not seem as exotic, it is just as beneficial. In fact, as there’s a greater chance of it being fresh, or at least recently dried, then you may be getting a more potent ginseng if you buy from the US.
This spice is often consumed for its stimulating and libido enhancing properties and it really can be effective in both of these areas. It can perk you up like coffee does and it can also make things a little more exciting in the bedroom.
The main benefits of this spice, however, are its anti-inflammatory properties and it’s ability to boost the immune system. It’s basically an all-round well-being enhancer, and one that can be bought cheaply and added to your detox smoothie without issue.
Other Detox Smoothie Ingredients to Consider
There are so many more great ingredients to explore, so don’t forget:
- Ginger: Great at alleviating nausea and settling your stomach, ginger can be grated fresh and then added by the spoonful to your smoothies. It’s very easy to use and will add some bite as well.
- Garlic: Good for your stomach, but even better for your heart, garlic is great tasting and super great for you. It can be eaten raw, but is better cooked.
- Chia Seeds: Loaded with healthy fats and very high in protein. They are a great source of omega fat acids.
- Wheatgrass: One of the most nutrient dense foods on earth, wheatgrass was really one of the first superfoods to start making waves in the health food industry. It is not as popular these days, but it should be as it is still a potent health food.
- Manuka Honey: It is expensive and it has an acquired taste, but it’s incredibly healthy. The stronger it is, the better the results will be. Just do not use it to excess. You can also benefit from cheaper types of honey. Just remember that darker is always better.