Today concludes my guided Ayurvedic spring cleanse, a free detox program that I run every spring. It is a traditional cleansing regimen that has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
The best part about this cleanse is that we learn to use medicinal herbs and spices, not only to add delicious flavors to our food, but to also strengthen the immune and digestive systems and aid in the process of detoxification. In fact, spices are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat symptoms of inflammation and prevent illness.
The use of herbal remedies has always been of great interest to me when it comes to nutrition therapy.
The smoothie recipe I have prepared for you today, which is also included in my Ayurvedic spring cleanse program, is sprinkled with yummy flavors thanks to the spices used in the mix. This delicious concoction is also soothing for your digestive tract and helps to boost your immunity.
The cinnamon turmeric mango smoothie is a perfect combination of all-natural sweetness, thanks to the fresh banana and mango fruit, and plant-based protein, fiber and omega 3 fats sourced from the chia seeds.
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is widely used in Ayurveda to treat illness and inflammatory conditions. Topically, it can be applied to help cure skin lesions and acne.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is a natural antibiotic, while at the same time it strengthens digestion and improves intestinal flora.
In the winter and spring, turmeric is great for treating cold and allergy symptoms. Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder or graded turmeric root with a tablespoon of raw honey and some lemon juice and drink that in a shot. It is extremely powerful.
Cinnamon is another great spice know for its health benefits. In the West, we typically use cinnamon to sweeten our coffee or add some flavor to cookies and cake. In Eastern cultures, cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as an anti-bacterial medicine.
Recent research has linked increased consumption of cinnamon to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Cinnamon is also known its anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.
The combination of turmeric and cinnamon in this delicious cocktail is a powerful one. It is especially great to use in the spring when our bodies are more susceptible to the change of climate and we need to give our immune system a gentle boost.
Give it a try, I am sure you will love it ♥
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup fresh (or frozen) mango
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder or ground turmeric root
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of cloves (optional)
- 3 cups of almond or coconut milk
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Drink while fresh
- Now go in the sun and have some fun!