Raspberry Beet Detox Smoothie

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My liver has been hurting.  My health care provider and I both suspect the reason is due to something I am eating on a regular basis.  I have eaten primarily paleo for the past few years.  Eggs, nuts and seeds are my main source of protein.

She suggested a food elimination diet.  This consists of taking out of my diet foods that are common challenges for people with food sensitivities/allergies.  These foods can include:

  • citrus fruits
  • night shades
  • grains
  • dairy
  • nuts/seeds
  • eggs

For the next 30 days I will not eat these foods.   I am already on day 4 and am having some pretty intense detox symptoms.  For instance:  headache, body ache, fatigue, cravings, etc.  The simple fact that I am having such a detox response to not eating certain foods tells me that one (or more) of the above culprits has been affecting my liver.

Before I began this adventure I made a plan.  I looked up recipes on-line and went grocery shopping.  This smoothie recipe came out of my desire to have something yummy and support my liver health as well.  Both beets and turmeric are incredibly healthy for your liver, chia seeds are great internal sweepers, gelatin helps with bones and joints, cinnamon supports digestion.  I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 avocado
1 steamed beet
3-4 tbsp. shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. turmeric paste
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp. gelatin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 handful greens (optional)

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