Fall Detox Smoothie

This detoxifying and immune-boosting smoothie is the perfect kick-start to the holiday season. You can easily bank some health credits with this simple and delicious fall smoothie as the big meals and holiday parties commence.

We all know the major vitamin C boost that oranges provide, but they also give your body needed potassium, calcium, folate, beta carotene, as well as vitamins A and B6. Add to this a carrot that is crazy high in Vitamin A – we’re talking more than 200% of the recommended daily allowance – as well as other vitamins (vitamin K, C and the B vitamins) and minerals, and you’ve already got yourself a mighty healthy elixir.

The real stars of this smoothie, however, are the turmeric and the ginger, which are both full of antioxidants, support the immune system, contribute to healthy digestion and reduce pain and inflammation.

Both ginger and turmeric read like wonder drugs. Turmeric not only provides the benefits listed above and needed vitamins (B6, C, niacin and vitamin K) and minerals (manganese, iron, potassium and magnesium) it also helps reduce stress and depression, boost cognitive abilities, and keep your heart healthy. It reduces nausea, menstrual pain and headaches. It’s also used to treat bronchitis, lung infections, all manner of gastrointestinal disorders, joint pain, arthritis, gallbladder disorders, loss of appetite and to beat fatigue. Of note, turmeric also slows blood clotting, so if you take medications that slow blood clotting, such as aspirin or Coumadin, be cautious (if using turmeric in large quantities), as it can increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Ginger has an equally impressive dossier. You likely remember when mom broke out the ginger ale when you were sick, right? She did so due to ginger’s ability to treat myriad stomach problems, ranging from motion sickness to morning sickness to general nausea, gas & diarrhea, to loss of appetite and even irritable bowel syndrome. Ginger is also effective in treating nausea caused by cancer treatment, HIV treatment and other toxic drug treatments, including the effects of post-surgery anesthesia. Like turmeric, ginger is also effective in alleviating pain from a wide range of conditions including arthritis, headaches, chest pain, respiratory issues, as well as menstrual pain. Ginger also slows blood clotting so heed the same advice as above for turmeric and also take care if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, as ginger may decrease both blood sugar and blood pressure.

Admittedly, this autumn detox smoothie isn’t going to solve all of your health challenges in one glass, but it can’t be denied that it is chock full of potent plant medicine and a good way to counteract some of the overindulgence that invariably comes with the holiday season.

2 oranges, peeled and quartered
1 large carrot, chopped
1-inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger
1/2-inch piece of fresh, peeled turmeric (or 1 teaspoon powdered)
Pinch of black pepper

Add all ingredients to your blender, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup ice, and  blend until creamy and smooth. Add up to a cup of water for a more juice-like smoothie. Serve! (Makes two smoothies.)

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