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Woah, so i finally “caught” the flu. I say caught but i read somewhere that we create the environment in our bodies in which we become susceptible to illness.
I was thinking that i was doing pretty well, eating mostly raw, fuelling myself with clean, fresh fruits and vegetables. So i turned my gaze inwards- was this flu the result of some detoxication process my body was going under? Was it that i’d been running with all pistons fired for too long, ignoring the signals my body was sending? Was it that i’d let stress consume me so much that it manifested itself into a physical illness?
Probably all of the above, but as awful as i felt on Monday, i was actually pleased that the flu had taken hold. Pleased you got the flu? Really? Yup, it meant that i could no longer go on ignoring my lifestyle, no longer ignore my body. I really have to start listening. Start taking care of and showing my body more love. So i have.
I started by making an insanely fiery version of my Sunshine Tonic- as in a fists worth of fresh grated ginger and a whole chilli! i also added a few cloves as they work as an anesthetic. My word was that one powerful potion! I instantly felt my mouth/ throat/ chest lighten and yes, slightly numb.
Next i ran a super hot bath with a tablespoon of both Epsom Salts and Bicarbonate of Soda. These two ingredients draw out toxins from the body and ease muscular aches. I totally recommend these baths when your feeling ill/ after exercise or just once a week as a good detox.
In terms of food i’ve been adding fresh garlic, chilli and ginger to absolutely everything. Not only are these anti bacterial, they also aid digestion meaning you’ll flush out even more toxins.
Now on to the smoothie. They are the perfect thing to have a big supply of when you’re under the weather, quick to make and easy to sip at (which was about all i could do). I wanted mine crammed full of cleansing, bacteria fighting goodness and so with a bit of research i threw the following beauties together. The real punch came from the green tea- so, so good for you and the caffeine is good for perking you up. I simply poured freshly boiled water over two tablespoons of tea and left the mixture to infuse and cool for 30 minutes.
(Makes roughly 1.5 litres)
- 1 litre Green Tea
- 1/4 cup Oats (soaked in 2 cup water for 30 mins)
- 2 cups Red Cabbage, roughly chopped
- 2 handfuls Spinach
- 1 Banana
- 1 Red Apple
- 1 Orange, peeled
- 1/2 cup Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Cherries
- 1/4 cup Cranberries
- 1 tbsp Maca Powder
- 1 tbsp Lacuma Powder
- Blend everything in stages until smooth
- Top with Goji berries, hemp hearts, kiwi etc