Detox your green smoothies with herbs

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Our bodies are in a constant battle of fighting processed foods that contain harmful toxins. We have systems set in place inside of us that filter out these toxins so we can stay clean and healthy. Though it is tough to avoid harmful toxins altogether, it is important not to ingest high amounts that can cause build-up and stress to the organs that work to keep us in good health. So, how can we help out our filtering friends? Detox with herbs— which is your challenge for the week.

Detoxifying herbs clean our bodies’ filters, and they are healthy foods with lots of nutrients. This also means we aren’t putting harmful toxins and gunk into our bodies in the first place. When we help our bodies’ filters and eliminate our harmful toxin input we set ourselves up for a clean and healthy life. To help you detox we have made a list of our favorite herbs, what each of them does for your body, and how you can use them in a simple green smoothie.

Health benefits of herbs:

basil
Basil
Basil specifically targets the kidneys when it comes to detoxification. Kidneys play a major part in removing waste product and toxins from our blood stream, and things like high-processed foods place a heavy work load on our never-resting kidneys. By eating basil, we are taking in nutrients that help to clear up any gunk that is stuck in our kidneys and also toning them to work well in the future. Basil is easy to grow at home, and has a warm flavor that will strengthen your green smoothies and kidneys.


cilantro

Cilantro
You may know cilantro from a variety of cultural dishes, but we encourage you to make it known to your green smoothies. This herb is known for a variety of nutrients, but its detoxifying affects are found in its ability to bind to heavy metals and remove them from our bodies. Toxic heavy metals usually enter our body in small amounts through food, water, and anything else we consume. It is near impossible to completely avoid ingesting toxic metals, so it is important to incorporate foods that eliminate them. Cilantro’s ability to remove toxic metals and its distinct flavor are a great addition to your tangy, citrus fruit smoothies.


mint

Mint
Toxin build-up can occur in the stomach and colon when improper digestion takes place, and that is why a healthy diet of mint leaves is a must when looking to detoxify. Mint leaves help to flush out those nasty toxins in a timely manner, and they do it in a way that prevents build-up from happening in the first place. Some have even believed mint leaves to have an ability to flush out toxins through the skin. This herb will add a cool kick to your smoothie, which makes it a must-have on mid-afternoons.


parsley

Parsley
There are three main filters in the body–bladder, kidneys, liver–and parsley is here to assist them all in the detoxification process. Kidneys help to filter out waste products and toxins from our bloodstream. The bladder filters fluids and flushes them out of the body. The liver is another blood stream purifier. It is important for all three of these filters to not build-up with gunk and toxins so they can work properly. Parsley specifically targets any build-up in these filters and helps to flush it out of the body. This is another herb with a distinct flavor that can liven up any green smoothie.

 

Detoxifying your body with herbs helps your bodies’ natural filters work better for you, as well as keeping you from ingesting harmful toxins. While doing this challenge, think about using water as your liquid base. Water naturally helps to flush out any gunk in our bodies, and at the same time doesn’t add any harmful toxins. It is important to keep your filters working properly, and to learn healthy eating habits that keep you clean and healthy. Feel free to experiment with all of these herbs. Find what works well for your body, and what tastes good. Doing a one-week detox is simple and easy!

 

Join the conversation!

What’s your favorite herb? Share your favorite green smoothie recipe with herbs in the comments below.

160 Responses to “Detox your green smoothies with herbs”

  1. Marc 7.21.2016 at 6:44 pm #

    I have Lyme disease and need a detox. I have cucumber, basil, sage, parsley, mint, oregano, and Thyme from my garden. Mix those with blueberries and pomegranate juice. Good or not for detox?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.22.2016 at 12:58 am #

      Hi Marc,

      Thanks so much for reaching out. Since we are not health care professionals, we recommend speaking with your doctor to determine what is best for you, personally. Everybody is so different :).

      Take care :).

  2. Donise McIntyre 7.6.2016 at 9:59 am #

    Hi, Just came across your website. I am 52 & starting to go through the menopause. No energy, lack concentration, hot flushes, forgetfulness low mood etc etc you’ve probably heard this all before, any ingredients I should put in my smoothies that may help would be greatly appreciated. Healthy otherwise & not on any medication. Thank you.D

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2016 at 10:52 pm #

      Hi Donise!

      Thanks for reaching out! At this time, we don’t have any recipes that specifically target menopause symptoms; however, many of our community members find that incorporating green smoothies into their diets can help with increased energy, better sleep, and feeling great overall! With that being said, we are not health care professionals, and always recommend speaking with your doctor if you have any questions about green smoothies and your personal health :).

      Cheers!

  3. Fran 5.26.2016 at 7:31 am #

    I ordered your 30day book. I understood it was an eBook but now it looks like I’m getting it in the mail. Which is it?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.26.2016 at 9:26 am #

      Hi Fran,

      Thank you so much for your support! I just checked our records and see your 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge E-Guide purchase. As you’re aware our e-guide is a PDF, and should have been sent directly to your inbox. If it didn’t reach you, our apologizes! Send a quick message to our team at the link below and we’ll get it to you right away!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

  4. J. Harris 4.14.2016 at 7:06 am #

    Thank you for this informative article. I have added parsley before, but only a few sprigs. Now, I will try a 1/2 cup in order to get the full benefits. I can’t wait to try mint!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2016 at 8:41 am #

      Hi J. Harris,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love adding fresh herbs, and just wait! Adding fresh mint to your green smoothie is a GAME CHANGER! Plus, great for your body!

      Cheers!

  5. Linda 4.11.2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Hello. Please forgive me if this question has already been answered, but do you use the parsley stems in the detox drinks or just the tops? Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.12.2016 at 7:44 am #

      Hi Linda,

      Great question! We love to blend our herbs whole, stems + all!

  6. Jeannine 4.3.2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Do you have a good smoothie recipe for detoxing my kidneys?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.12.2016 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Jeannine,

      We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concerns— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your body.

      Cheers to health + happiness!

  7. Donna 4.3.2016 at 9:08 am #

    Hello
    How much of an herb should we put in either with fruit or green smoothies? What’s a good guide?
    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:09 pm #

      Hi Donna,

      Great question! Substituting a 1/2 cup of leafy greens with a 1/2 cup of any herb listed above is a great place to start!

  8. Lilli 2.9.2016 at 2:49 am #

    Hallo Ladies,
    I want to pay you my respects for your great website, it’s been very thoroughly done, and you have answers for everything. Being a beginner it’s a big help. I’ve been reading about green smoothies for years now, but being 56 years old and working 40-50 hours a week, I never had the time nor the energy to start on this new challenge. Your information about smoothie prep and freezing green has been the kickstart for me. Living in a Part of Germany, where it’s difficult to get different fresh greens, I will have to go for the frozen ones. Du you have some idea how to convert fresh packed Cups of green into frozen Grams of greens ?? I have a preference for doing one to one when I use recepies :-)))))))

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:21 am #

      Hi Lilli,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us and love that our tips are helping you make green smoothies a part of your lifestyle. When blending frozen greens just keep in mind that 2 cups of fresh greens equals 1 ½ cups of frozen greens.

      Cheers!

  9. Yolanda 1.29.2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Do you ladies have any smoothie recommendations for gaining weight?

  10. Barbara 1.27.2016 at 5:56 am #

    Hi Ladies! I found your site by googling the health benefits of parsley in smoothies. So glad your site popped up! I have been making a green smoothie with celery, parsley, a wedge of cabbage, coconut milk, pineapple and pear or banana along with a whole peeled lime (my daughter is getting so tired of it) but I have so much energy and find my self craving it. I love your site and the vast variety of smoothie recipes! No risk of burning out my teen on smoothies now:) Just signed up for your challenge. Better late than never. I’m drooling over all the recipes. Thank you, Thank you:)

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.27.2016 at 9:19 am #

      Hi Barbara,

      YAY! We’re so excited you found us in this busy digital world and are so excited to have you join our 30-Day Challenge!

      Reach out with any questions! 🙂

  11. felinda 1.14.2016 at 11:43 am #

    Hello Ladies,
    First, let me just say that I am so happy I came across your site by mistake. I was researching something else when I saw your site and decided to peer into it.
    Since doing so I am learning so much!!! And I am especially enjoying the Smoothies !!! Yum…. I’ve also enjoyed creating my own flavors as well. Pretty exciting!!!

    But here’s the reason for my email to you. I was just reading about the Detox with herbs and found it quite interesting. I was wondering if there were measurements assess to this smoothie? How much of each herb should be used? As well as the amount of liquid? And is the aforementioned herbs all that is needed to detox? How often should this particular detox be done?

    Thank You Ladies in advance for your response! (:

    Felinda

  12. TERESA 1.14.2016 at 9:13 am #

    What family does parsley belong to?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.14.2016 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Teresa,

      Parsley is part of the Apiaceae family, just like cilantro, carrot tops, and celery!

  13. Leticia 1.11.2016 at 9:44 pm #

    I just started the January challenge on the 1st. I had a major unplanned surgery a few days before Xmas and after my surgery I felt like I need to make some changes for a healthier me. I’m really enjoying all the smoothies especially the 1st green smoothie.i want to thank for all the support you show.So far I’m down 8 lbs since the 1st! Honestly I didn’t believe I would have the will but I’m making an effort so I can be released from all the medication I’m on. High cholesterol and high blood pressure and if I’m not careful I will be diabetic,skO with that said, let’s keep drinking those smoothies!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.12.2016 at 7:07 am #

      Hi Leticia,

      Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your story! We hope you are feeling better following your surgery and back on your feet. We are so excited to be a part of your journey towards health + wellness. Please reach out with any questions, we’re here for you!

      Cheers 🙂

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