A Week Long Green Shakes Cleansing Plan
Have you ever heard about a cleansing plan and all of its health benefits? It’s a mere complement to your diet that involves the consumption of green shakes made with crushed fruits and vegetables.
Regardless of what the fads claim, a cleansing diet alone will neither eliminate accumulated toxins nor help you lose weight nor improve your health. They’re just a way to cleanse toxins from your organism. The most important part is eat involves eating healthy foods.
Are you ready to learn more? Today’s article will show you what you need for a one-week cleansing plan with green shakes.
What’s a cleansing plan?
A cleaning plan usually lasts a short period and is about drinking shakes or juices made with fruits and vegetables.
Very fashionable in recent years, its proponents advocate its ability to “detoxify” the body. However, the liver and kidneys already perform these functions. Moreover, there’s not enough scientific evidence to support the consumption of green shakes for this purpose.
There are many types of cleansings out there: with juices, smoothies, medicinal plants, superfoods, syrups, soups, etc.
There are also a great variety of miracle diets that promise incredible results by eating a single ingredient for a set period. These options aren’t only extreme but can lead to serious health problems.
Does this mean these methods are dangerous or unadvisable? Not at all. However, they’re not a solution to overweight or obesity, health problems or fatigue. Likewise, you cannot just eat these ingredients alone on a regular basis. You must stick to a well-balanced wholesome diet.
In any case, they’re positive in that they provide nutrients you need for good health. They can also promote intestinal transit and help the kidneys eliminate liquids.
As part of slimming diets, green shakes can contribute to a feeling of satiety. This is due to their high content of fiber as it slows down the emptying of the stomach.
Are green shakes a good beauty treatment?
A cleansing plan consisting of green shakes can positively impact your health and it reflects in your appearance. You must add them to a healthy lifestyle that involves a proper diet and regular exercise to benefit your skin, hair and nails.
Because of the type of food in them, green shakes contain decent amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These help prevent aging and improve the appearance of premature wrinkles. They can also:
- Balance of sebum in your skin and hair, and add extra shine and softness
- Minimize impurities on your face and prevent the appearance of new ones
Green shakes as daily complements
Don’t be frightened by the color of these shakes. They’re quite sweet in spite of being green due to the combination of vegetables and fruits.
Those who try them are often surprised by their tasty freshness and light texture. Follow these recommendations to integrate them safely into a cleansing plan:
- You must blend these shakes so as to keep the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, a nutrient. Likewise, don’t strain them. Blend them longer if you prefer a smoother texture.
- Alternate ingredients daily. This way the nutrients you combine nutrients to keep the balance and avoid excessive intake of certain nutrients that could be harmful in large amounts such as the oxalates in spinach.
- You may have these shakes as a complement to your breakfast or as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. However, they should never replace a main meal and you shouldn’t drink more than one per day.
Never follow a shake-only diet. Indeed, their ingredients are mainly fruits and vegetables, but these lack proteins and fats as well as certain vitamins and minerals you also need.
- This type of cleansing plans aren’t recommended for children or for pregnant or lactating women.
- Similarly, people with a chronic disease or health condition should consult their doctor before following this kind of cleansing plan.
In addition to combining healthy food sources, you must also avoid others. Processed foods, sausages, fast food dishes, alcohol and sugary drinks, among others.
Also, you’ll only notice improvement in your state of health by adopting other healthy habits: physical exercise, rest, and stress prevention.
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Example of a green shake you can make for a one-week cleansing plan
As we said above, you must combine different vegetables and fruits in a one-week cleansing plan.
But, here’s a recipe for a green shake just to give you an idea of what we’re talking about. Take it from here and get creative to elaborate more varieties.
- A piece of fruit
- Oatmeal (24 g.)
- 1 to 2 glasses of water (200-400 ml)
- Green raw vegetables (100 g.)
- Firstly, wash and cut the fruits and vegetables you’re going to use in your shake
- Then, blend or process them to a homogeneous texture
- Finally, serve it in a glass or a suitable to-go container
The most common vegetables in a green shake are spinach, broccoli, cucumber, celery, beets, kale or watercress. As for fruits, you can add your favorite ones: blueberries, apples, mango, pears, oranges, pineapple, etc.
Don’t exceed the dose equivalent to a serving when blending them together. In addition, you can use a banana or an avocado for a more satiating shake.
Some ingredients can bring a touch of flavor and extra freshness. Lemon juice, mint, parsley, cinnamon, and ginger, among others.
It’s common for some recipes to introduce supplements such as wheatgrass, spirulina or maca. Consult a health provider before using them though.
A one-week cleanse
Here are a few combinations of fruits and vegetables you can try on the green shakes you’re going to drink for a week.
Start the week with one of the most classic smoothies to introduce ourselves to green smoothies: spinach and strawberries. This smoothie is rich in iron, folic acid and vitamin C, so it’s excellent for fighting and preventing anemia and tiredness. Besides, spinach is great for cardiovascular health.
Tuesday’s shake has a spicy and refreshing touch thanks to its two main ingredients: arugula and pineapple. This cleansing beverage can improve digestive function and helps eliminate liquids.
Wednesday green shakes
Make this unusual, exotic shake with chard and mango for hump day. It’s rich in beta carotenes, and has powerful antioxidant and re-mineralizing properties. Plus, it helps promote healthy intestinal function.
For this shake, you can use some green leaves you don’t usually eat and blend them with fruit to make them tasty. Radish leaves and pears in this case. This is a powerful combination that can promote liver and kidney function.
The weekend is almost here so it’s time to power it up with watercress and apple. It’s an great combination to promote liver health.
Green shakes for Saturday
For Saturday, we propose a highly nutritious smoothie made with beet greens and avocado.This shake provides a large amount of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals.
Finally, let’s end the week with a purple shake made of corn salad (laos known as lamb’s lettuce) and cranberries. This smoothie helps prevent urinary infections and improve vision.
Have these green shakes as a week-long cleansing plan
The green shakes we mentioned above can improve organ function and provide nutrients.
However, keep in mind this is neither a healing nor a slimming method per se. Consult your doctor if you have any symptoms or doubts about a health problem.
A cleansing plan should help you maintain variety and balance in your diet. Above all, it can complement an already healthy lifestyle. The results will be gradual and you won’t have to sacrifice what you like. Thus, the health risks are low to none.
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