It's a refreshing and rejuvenating drink for a hot summer day or a perfect breakfast when you've overeaten or eaten heavy or unhealthy foods the day prior. One note: this smoothie is not for you if you don't care for radishes as they are the predominant flavor in this recipe. You can always reduce the amount of them for a fruitier taste if you prefer. I happen to love the crisp, peppery flavor of radishes!
All of the ingredients in this smoothie have some kind of detoxification properties...
Strawberries contain a chemical compound known as phenols. A certain phenol found in strawberries is anthocyanin. This compound is what gives the fruit is rich red color. Anthocyanin is known to have antioxidant properties which when consumed increases the body’s uric acid levels serving as an antioxidant agent. In addition, a recent study found that extracts from strawberries activate a protein in our bodies called Nrf2. Once activated, Nrf2 boosts your body’s internal production of antioxidants. It increases certain enzymes which remove toxins from cells. And it has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Watermelon helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Ammonia comes in external forms, but is also a by-product of the proteins our bodies are burning up constantly for energy, and it’s quite damaging to our cells.
Radishes act like a literal cleanser, regulating the production and flow of bilirubin and bile plus enzymes and acids and help to remove excess bilirubin from the blood. Radishes also have a diuretic effect, which helps move toxins out of the system.
Honeydews, like other melons, are a high water-content food, which are natural diuretics. Diuretics are cleansing agents that flush excess fluid from your body. They accomplish this by fielding more sodium into your urine, which attracts water away from tissues and cells and into the bladder, helping with excess water retention.
Coconut water has been referred to as one of the strongest antidotes, especially against poison infusion. Coconut water has helped in saving many poison victims. It has the ability to neutralize the poison effect. It is believed that when coconut water is given to a poison victim for nearly 40 days, coconut water has the ability to flush out poison from the blood stream completely. Some studies have found that it also decreases rates of heart attacks and lowers systolic blood pressure in 71% of hypertension cases. It has even been used as IV fluid in certain cases in under-developed nations – as published in a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. It is also known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, helping the human body combat parasites and intestinal worms. Current research is ongoing on this specific topic and no concrete information has yet been provided.
Bananas? It's a little known fact that bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B-6 since B vitamins are more commonly found in animal products. Vitamin B-6, also called pyridoxine, has multiple functions in the body. The brain needs it to convert tryptophan to serotonin, an important antidepressant neurotransmitter. It also helps to maintain normal intracellular magnesium levels. By helping maintain the balance of sodium and potassium in the body, B6 aids fluid balance regulation and the electrical functioning of the nerves, heart, and musculoskeletal system. B6 is also connected with detox because it is equally important in helping recycle chemical groups called methyl groups. Like sulfur, methyl groups are required for the processing of literally hundreds of toxins.
For this smoothie, I used mostly frozen ingredients. The radishes and the watermelon were not frozen.
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 cups chopped watermelon
- 1 cup chopped honeydew melon
- 1 banana
- 4 large red radishes
- ~ 1 cup coconut water, use a little more or less to create a thick smoothie
- Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with some sliced radish and sunflower sprouts!
Serves 2. Enjoy!
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