People sometimes wonder what the reason is for constipation. Lack of fiber is one of the reasons. It’s not easy at times to eat a special diet full of vegetables, fruits, and good healthy fluids (water, coconut water, green juices, nut milk). As a nurse it makes me sad that many of my patients are on stool softeners and laxatives all because many of them don’t eat properly. Cleaning your colon is so important. Bowel movements should happen every day and some specialists believe twice a day. Many people, women primarily, have issues with bloating, etc. A lot of the foods we eat are mostly fillers and don’t really help us. We pick convenience but sometimes that comes at a price. Making juices and smoothies aren’t always easy, but they benefit my body so amazing that the last thing I think about is the hard work.
This smoothie that I am sharing today is by someone I really admire, Yovana Mendoza, a Mexican raw vegan. This colon cleansing smoothie not only helps move your bowels, but it clarifies the mind as well.
- 2 cups of orange juice
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 4 cups of spinach
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 head of lettuce
- juice of 1 lemon
Blend it all in a high speed blender (I used the Vitamix).
This smoothie is very tasty, refreshing, and full of fiber which helps with your digestion. Moving the bowels on a regular basis will help decrease your abdomen and constipation. It will make your skin clear and improves your energy.
Benefits of fiber:
- blood sugar control
- weight management
- improves digestion, heart, and skin health
- decreases risk for stroke
- may lower hemorrhoids
- decreases risk of gallstones, and kidney stones
- relieves you from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- reduces the risk of diverticulitis
Remember to eat at least 50g of fiber per 1000 calories consumed! Most Americans don’t get even close to that. Enjoy this amazing smoothie, I sure will!
Until next time!