The Truth About Detoxing – What You Really Need To Know

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Ok, so the word detox is grossly overused by all of us in the health industry. You see it employed to market anything from laxative teas to sceptical skincare. Truthfully, your body knows how to detox. It’s called a liver. However, there are certain ingredients that you should indulge in to give your liver a hand, no superfood powders required. All you have to do is get down to your local market, pick up this fresh produce and blend it into a liver-loving smoothie to kickstart your system and your day.

4 Simple Steps To Detoxing

1Start with a lemon

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You already know about squeezing lemon juice in warm water to start the day. But if you want to exponentially help your liver, digest a whole one (and let your blender do the work.) You’d be shocked how delicious they are with hydrating coconut water, which we’re adding next.

2Next up, add your raw leafy greens

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We’re going for the infamous multivitamin: kale. And throwing in some raw broccoli as it contains the detoxing amino acid, cysteine. Great support for your liver.

3Always add a source of plant based protein

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Studies show that protein is helpful in weightloss as it keeps us satisfied and out of the pantry. You can use any nut or seed that you love as they all have unique nutritional properties, but we’re going with flax seeds. The lignans in flax seeds work with enzymes to deactivate toxins. Which means your body gets rid of toxins before they turn into something nasty. The dense fiber source will keep you regular too. (You can also check out some of our favourite all-natural protein powders here.)

4And finally, add banana and honey.

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We finalise our detox smoothie with creamy frozen banana and delicious raw honey. If you’re looking at these as unnecessary carbs and fructose, you’ve got it all wrong. Bananas are full of fibre. They are slow releasing energy sources. And raw honey is antibacterial and antiviral. Like all of the other ingredients in this smoothie, they’ll help protect against toxins.

Blend this bad boy each morning for the most detoxifying and satisfying meal of the day.

Ultimate Detox Smoothie

Serves 1


½ lemon, peeled
1 cup coconut water
2 cups kale
½ cup raw broccoli
¼ cup flax seeds
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon raw honey

…blend until creamy.

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James McLoughlin
James McLoughlin is the cofounder of Green Press, a true pioneer in the health and wellness space, dispelling the stigma that health is boring. Green Press was created to help people feel alive. Their flagship cafe in Melbourne, informative blog, and online store offer an inspiring insight into the world of healthy living. James works closely with his brother Miles, both received their nutritional education in NYC. Chef Miles worked at multiple Michelin Star winning restaurants in Manhattan whilst James managed both a Manhattan restaurant and a juicing food truck. The brothers decided they were ready to go out on their own and moved to Melbourne, Australia and open the city's first organic cold pressed juice bar, launching Green Press in November 2013. Green Press now shares it's healthy message online through their online store and blog where you can find healthy recipes, lifestyle tips and inspiration.