Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dr Oz 3-Day Detox: Lunch Shake

Celery: A great source of vitamins and minerals. Rich in flavanoids which help to protect from certain cancers.  Naturally low in calories, celery has a high soluable fiber content which helps keep the digestive track moving. It helps to boost the immune system and your metabolism all while helping the body to maintain a proper PH.

Cucumber: These have high levels of potassium, anti-oxidants and Vitamin K. Cucumbers protect the brain and the peel helps to sweep toxic compounds out of the gut. Cucumbers also have a mild diuretic effect which helps to move toxins out of the body.

Lime: A good source of phytonutrients, vitamin C, iron, calcium and other trace minerals. It also helps the body to flush the liver of toxins, and adds nice flavor to the shake.

Coconut oil: A medium chain fatty acid which means that it is broken down quickly by the body for quick energy rather than stored as fat. This amazing oil contains lauric and caprylic acids which are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Coconut oil has also been shown to have properties that can protect the brain from alzheimers and other neuro-degenerative diseases.

Kale: The King of Greens. Kale is on a scale all of it’s own. Pound for pound it is one  the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It has high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. This fiber in this powerhouse also helps to bind and neutralize bile toxins which helps to keep cholesterol levels low.

Apple: "An apple a day" is an adage for a reason. Apples are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals. All of these substances are used in the detox process. These assist in stimulating bile production which helps with detox.. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fiber pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body.

Pineapple: This contains an enzyme called bromelain which digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. It aids in digestion and in repair of damaged cells. Pineapple is also high in pectin, which helps to move toxins out of the body

Almond Milk: A rich source of Vitamin E, calcium, folic acid, as well as the minerals magnesium, selenuim, phosphorus and zinc. Almonds are wonderful for maintaining skin elasticity as well as helping to lower cholesterol. They are also a good source of protein.

Grocery stuff not making the grade? Check out my homemade almond milk recipe.)

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