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Try these easy-to-make smoothies to help detox your body and improve your health


(NaturalNews) The Greek physician Hippocrates was one of the first doctors in the history of Western medicine to believe that diet and exercise could actually influence one's well-being and prevent illness. His theories were of such impact, both at the time and in the ages to follow, that Hippocrates is now referred to as the Father of Western Medicine.

Hippocrates is the reason why exercise and diet are considered commonsense factors in our overall health today. Ingesting large amounts of processed sugars or trans fats leads to a decrease in health. Back then, people were more likely to believe that the gods brought about diseases, so many called Hippocrates a quack. Still, they could not ignore the success of his methods.

You are what you eat

It's as simple as that. The food that you consume doesn't only affect your mood, but also your health. The invaluable minerals, vitamins, fibers and antioxidants our bodies receive from fresh fruit and vegetables help prevent a host of chronic diseases, including breast cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

For some of you, this might already be common knowledge. The problem that remains is implementing healthy habits in everyday routines. When you work anywhere from one third to one half of your day (even more in some cases), it becomes pretty impossible to watch your diet. So you either end up eating something fast during a break, or having a full-on feast at night with some deep fried meat, tasty sauce and a delicious desert. Don't forget that side of fries. You can't call it food if it's not accompanied by French fries.

The issue is that our body doesn't necessarily need food when we provide it. Furthermore, we don't always feed it what it actually craves. If you're having health problems every other day, something's definitely wrong. You can help your body get back in shape by paying attention to what you eat.

Save time by packing your fruits and veggies

Now we know for sure what happens when we eat too little spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms and every other fruit and vegetable you can think of. We may not have time to prepare foods with each ingredient, but with the help of a juicer or a blender you can quickly mix in everything you need for the day in a drink you can enjoy at any point.

The other great thing about combining vegetables and fruits into a smooth beverage (hence, the term "smoothie"), is that you can diversify. You don't have to change your diet. Fries are not that bad and you don't have to give up eating meat if you don't want to. However, if you broaden your dietary choices and switch that evening meal for something light, like a sandwich, a salad or a smoothie, it will greatly improve your health, mood and weight.

What can you make?

Here are just three ideas for drinks you can make that will help your body eliminate harmful toxins and boost your health.

If you want to keep your liver active and healthy, a colorful, carrot-based orange beverage is perfectly suited for the task. All you have to do is juice three medium carrots, a bell pepper, one medium cucumber, one apple and half a lemon.

Besides preventing gallstones, a golden lemon drink can clean your bowels and flush the accumulation of harmful substances in your liver. You'll also find that it's a natural remedy for an aching stomach after a generous meal. If you want to make it, add the juice from half a lemon, a tiny bit of ginger and half a teaspoon of turmeric to half a cup of water.

Last, but not least, a green tea citrus drink is the most effective way to detox your body. While it requires a bit more time than the other two, it works wonders for your health. Brew half a cup of green tea, wait for it to cool down, and then blend it with a banana and the juice of half a lemon.

Do you like the drinks so far? You can almost never go wrong with a smoothie, so experiment away!

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