Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hydrating and Detoxing Smoothie with Cucumber and Aloe Vera

This is an amazing smoothie recipe ideal for summer, when our body really needs an extra hydrating boost. Due to the numeral properties of its ingredients, this smoothie becomes a very beneficial choice for everybody and it is absolutely ideal to start your day with it and get these toxins out of your system! Simple and fast to make with a rejuvenating taste of nature!!!
If you don’t already have fresh Aloe Vera in your garden or balcony, I recommend you to get one; it’s really easy to grow (if the climate is appropriate of course, but you can even keep the plant indoors) and is very-very-very beneficial, both to consume (fights cancer, cures ulcers and Crohn’s disease, is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients, reduces high blood pressure, etc) and for external use (skin problems and irritations, sun burns, skin conditioning, etc). Here you will find the necessary information about growing Aloe Vera.
Cucumbers, like watermelons, are 95% water, which means that they keep the body hydrated and help regulate the body’s inner temperature. They also help the body flush out toxins and fight cancer (especially breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer). When I include them in smoothies, I prefer to leave the skin on, since it contains a good amount of vitamin C (about 10% of the daily recommended allowance). If you do like your cucumbers peeled, the skin can be used to relieve sunburn and mild skin irritations, similar to Aloe Vera. 
And let’s not forget about the parsley and celery! Parsley too is very antioxidant. It is rich in vitamins (A, B9, C, K) and fights cancer (especially lung cancer). Celery (like parsley and Aloe Vera) balances the body’s pH, neutralizing acidity, replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body, lowers cholesterol levels, and stops the growth of tumor cells.
Here is the recipe: 
2 small cucumbers (preferably organic to keep the skin on) 
1-2 fresh Aloe Vera leaves, peeled carefully to remove the gel inside (if you don’t have fresh, you can use about two shots of pure Aloe Vera juice that you will find at health or organic stores, just make sure it’s pure Aloe Vera juice!) 
4-5 stalks of parsley 
2 stalks of celery 
¾ cup fresh mint leaves 
juice of one lemon (or lime) 
ice (optional)

Wash your ingredients and put them in a blender or juicer, add ice, blend well and always enjoy with gratitude!

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