In Chinese Medicine, rigorous detoxing is almost never recommended because of the way it can actually throw your body out of balance in the opposite direction. Instead of harsh detoxification, we recommend nourishing of the digestive system and a gentle clean-out. And while drinking cold smoothies has been considered a healthy practice in the West, too much cold and raw in the Stomach can actually cause a deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach organ system over time . In Chinese Medicine, cold and raw food and drink are seldom recommended except in the summer. To keep your digestive fire intact and your metabolism boosted for the long run, it is best to eat and drink warm and cooked foods. While this smoothie is still raw, using warm or room temp water, as well as having ginger as a key ingredient, helps to protect the digestive fire that is essential for great metabolism.
SPINACH - Spinach is a nutrient-dense super green veggie, high in fiber and one of the best sources of the antioxidant lutein, which promotes eye health and can prevent macular degeneration.
PEAR - Pears are a powerhouse fruit that is packed with fiber, vitamins, and plant compounds that help reduce inflammation and promote blood circulation. They help moisturize, nourish the Lungs, and promote gut and heart health. They also contain pectin, a fiber that nourishes gut bacteria.
CELERY - Celery is known to reduce stress hormone levels, fight inflammation, and promote kidney and urinary bladder health.
GINGER - Ginger is one of the most important herbs in Chinese Medicine for promoting digestive health. It warms the middle burner, supports metabolism, and circulation of Qi and Blood. In the winter, ginger is perfect for keeping your body warm and boosting immune health.
CUCUMBER - In TCM, cucumber is known for its ability to clear heat and eliminate toxins. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C and K and have excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They hydrate and help support digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.
LIME - Lime juice has natural cleansing abilities that rejuvenate the Liver. They are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, support immune health, heart health, can help prevent kidney stones, and aid iron absorption.
WALNUTS - Walnuts are known in TCM for supporting the Lungs, Kidneys, and Large Intestine. They have a wealth of polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Shaped like little brains, they help support memory, cognitive function, and are neuro-protective. Consuming walnuts regularly is highly recommended.
1.5 cups of room temp or warm water *
2 cups spinach, washed and dried
1 ripe pear, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 stalk of celery
1/2 cucumber, washed
3 - 5 walnuts
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!