I’ve noticed a number of health benefits after adding anti-inflammatory smoothies to my daily morning routine. Turmeric has been one of the key ingredient in my smoothies, even spinach or kale-based. This smoothie has a great tropical taste and bright orange color that reminds me of orange sherbert push ups!
I blogged about the benefits of turmeric last week, so I’ll keep it short with turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain reliever. It’s also amazing for gut-health, liver function and anti-aging supplement. I use all-natural turmeric root. You could also try the turmeric powder by Organic Traditions from Thrive Market if you don’t want orange fingers from handling the root
I start each day with a liter of water with freshly squeezed lemon on an empty stomach. Sometimes I’ll add cayenne pepper, turmeric powder or ginger. The benefits of lemon are so great it could and should be a topic on it’s own.
- Hydration – Lemon is great for supporting hydration. When you add lemon to water it adds a refreshing taste that makes you want to drink more.
- Antioxidant Power – Lemon contains Vitamin C which is a natural anti-oxidant and protects your cells against free radicals. The anti-oxidant power in Vitamin C helps reduce heart disease, autoimmunity and high blood pressure. Primal Panacea by Thomas Levy is an excellent book about Vitamin C that will change your perspective on this powerful supplement.
- Healthy Body Weight – Evidence is strong that lemon water supports weight loss. Whether this has to do with people drinking more water or the antioxidant properties, is unclear but either way it’s a good thing.
- Skin Care – The antioxidants in lemon protect your skin against oxidation and free radicals that cause wrinkles and skin damage.
- Digestion – Digestion starts once you start drinking or eating in the morning. Starting with lemon water jump starts your system setting the stage for proper digestion all day. The practice in Ayurvedic philosophy, includes starting the day with warm lemon water which removes toxins in the digestive tract.
There’s a reason, all the great detox soup recipes are made with carrots. Carrots are packed with Vitamin A which helps flush out toxins and reduce fat in the liver. They’re also full of fiber to clear out the colon. And, carrots are good for eyesight. The retina transforms the vitamin A in carrots into a purple pigment which is necessary for night vision.
Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. It’s known for everything from fighting infections and nausea to lowering cholesterol, and weight loss. My favorite, it may help improve brain function in middle aged women. Ha!
Try adding or subtracting ingredients depending on what you like. I added spinach one day and it was great – it just didn’t have the pretty orange.
- 2 - 2 inch pieces of rurmeric orot (peeled) or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root (or a couple larger chunks, it will pulverize in the blender)
- Freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange
- Freshly squeezed juice from 1 meyer lemon
- 2 organic carrots
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Put everything in your Vitamix or Ninja blender and blend until smooth. It usually take me two cycles through with my Ninja.