There was a time when I took fresh fruit-veg juices every weekday for months and I was glowing! I looked young and healthy and my skin was clear and had a healthy flush. However, plagued by my busy schedule–and probably a bit of complacency–I suddenly stopped taking juices. And now that I’m experiencing the worst condition of my skin, I can’t help but look back both with regret and newfound determination. I am going to bring that glow back. I’m going to bring that “me” back.
My Morning Smoothie
I don’t have a juicer so I usually just buy and drink my fresh juices late in the afternoon. In the morning, though, I prepare my own fresh smoothies. It’s the first thing I take in the morning aside from water. It’s Part 1 of my usually two-part breakfast. In this video, I share with you this healthy new addition to my morning routine.
Essential Tip: it’s best to take fresh smoothies on an empty stomach because that’s when your unclogged system is most ready to absorb the best out of what you take in.
Other Benefits of Fresh Smoothies
As mentioned on my video, I’ll be sharing some more benefits from taking fresh smoothies–actually, all of these benefits apply to taking fresh juices and salads, too. But since my post is focused on smoothies, I’ll leave juices and salads out for now.
Good for Detox
There’s been a greater buzz about detox diets during the recent years. While I do believe that we need a big flush once in a while, I think it’s still better to incorporate a mild detox step in our daily routine as maintenance. Besides, slacking up on detox puts your body in ‘shock’ whenever you decide to go on a hardcore detox program. Detox, I believe, is the biggest benefit of including smoothies in the diet and almost every other benefit revolves around it.
Assists in Weight loss or Weight Gain
Depending on what your weight goal is, fresh smoothies or juices first thing in the morning help to flush out toxins. Toxins can either slow down your metabolism, making you gain unwanted weight, or interrupt with your body’s absorption of nutrients, making it difficult for you to gain weight.
Since a good smoothie includes a healthy amount of fiber and water, it can definitely help your bowel movement (again, DETOX is your keyword) become more regular.
Processed food and improper digestion drains our energy, making us feel sluggish and moody. When you take your smoothies with an empty stomach, it is much easier for your body to absorb all the goodness of the fruits, vegetables and oils you blend in with your smoothie.
Beautiful Skin, Hair and Nails
With body rid of unnecessary toxins, it’s prepped up to absorb nutrients from the rest of your diet and the supplements you take. I’m a firm believer that our exterior health is a reflection of how healthy we are inside. All that goodness is bound to show and make you glow.
Fights Unhealthy Cravings
A naturopath my mother consulted previously said that our cravings can tell a lot about how acidic or alkaline our body is. Taking fresh fruits and vegetables reduces the acidity levels of our body which is definitely a good thing. An acidic body is a very good host for infections. Remarkably, when you take a lot of fruits and veggies, you’ll slowly notice your body craving for more and more healthy food. Since I’ve taken smoothies, my chocolate and fried food cravings have reduced significantly.
I’m quite sure there are a lot more benefits to taking smoothies. Some prefer juices because it’s concentrated and delivers all the nutrients without fiber getting in the way. But since I need a little help with my digestion and I need something heavy enough to be half a meal (and I can’t afford a juicer), I don’t mind all the fiber at all. Besides, my skin is so bad right now I’m willing to try any natural remedy just to bring my healthy and smooth skin back. =(
If you’re having skin problems for so long and no product has ever worked for you, would you consider including smoothies in your lifestyle, too?
By the way, I won a Butterfly Blog Award from Scatterbrain Adventures, lol. I really am not into tagging games and awards so I can’t pass it forward. But I really appreciate the award, Rae. There are a lot of other amazing eco beauty bloggers out there! I’m a beginner in this journey and it motivates me to know that I have at least inspired a reader or two.
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