Many know I wholeheartedly believe that green smoothies are a super easy, low cost way to get a whole whack of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more.
They are an absolutely essential way to add more fruits and veggies to your life, especially if you are busy. But, you may have also heard about (or are experiencing!) the detoxification associated with adopting a raw foods diet, a juice cleanse, or – you got it – copious amounts of green smoothies!
You may indeed experience some green smoothie detox side effects when first starting out.
Since green smoothies are packed-full of chlorophyll, it can cause detox if consumed in large amounts (and large amounts is relative depending on what your diet looked like before).
Chlorophyll is a particularly cleansing agent in our bodes as it helps to alkalize our system by ridding the toxins we have built up by eating less-than-ideal foods, by living in the city, by having stress and on and on.
This means that – at first – you might feel slightly nauseated (or just “off”) from drinking a lot of green smoothie(s). However, while many people notice slight side effects, they also feel better and more vibrant than they have in years.
The level of detoxification experienced varies greatly between people, depending on various factors like what your diet was like beforehand, your overall health, and even your state of mind.
Often a group program is simply the best way to start, for these reasons.
Common Detox Symptoms
In addition to a nausea that might last a little while (likely not more than a day or two), you might experience some degree of these common symptoms:
These are all natural parts of getting the toxins out of your system. And adding green smoothies to your diet will be the mildest way to get the toxins moving and should only last a few days at most.
Oh my gosh! you say, so what is the incentive to start green smoothies anyway?
Firstly, these symptoms are temporary – very temporary. As well, they are almost always related to scale. So if you’ve started gushing back 2 litres of smoothie a day, you’ll definitely detox (not always a bad thing if you’re prepared for it…).
If you’d like to take the path of least resistance (nothing wrong with that) than simply start slower. In fact, doing a short and gentle program like my Free 10-Day Green Smoothie Detox (starts live Sept. 4th), is a great way to begin.
Start with one cup a day, then move up to a 1.5 cups in a several days, slowly increasing over a few weeks until you can have 3-4 cups or more a day (I have two full mason jars a day). As well, you can take it easy on the green portion of the smoothie to start. Start with 30% greens to 70% fruit and you should experience even fewer side effects.
Just like the frog who jumps out of a bucket of hot water, if you gradually increase the hot water (i.e. green smoothies) you won’t be in as much (or any!) pain.
In addition, drink water. Lots of water.
Get moving: go for a walk or a hike, try some dry skin brushing or bounce on a rebounder. Get to bed early for a few nights.
And, to truly harness the healing power of green smoothies.
Rest assured, you’ll be drinking more greens sooner than you ever thought possible and soon salivating just at the site of freshly grown kale…Yuuuummm!
What is your experience with green smoothies? Do you have any other tips or tricks to making the transition easier? As well, can you imagine your day without a green smoothie anymore? Leave your comments below!
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