Summer is the time for days and nights of cocktail parties, BBQs, pool parties and…hangovers. Blend this magical hangover smoothie full of antioxidants and an amino acid proven to detoxify your body and get you back in action fast.
What goes in your Magical Hangover Cure smoothie and why it works
1. Spinach, cauliflower and avocado
Three key ingredients give this smoothie its magical powers: spinach, cauliflower, and avocado. Each of these foods contain a special amino acid called glutathione, which acts as an antioxidant and helps the body Detox by flushing out chemicals and toxins that the body sends to the liver, but once that filter is clogged and full and can’t get the toxins out fast enough, glutathione helps create new liver cells and speeds up the filtering process, according to a study published in the publication Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
Because glutathione has powerful cross-over antioxidant properties, it also helps the body fight oxidative stress and neutralize the harmful free radicals that cause aging at the cellular level and can even lead to the growth of certain cancers. This important amino acid and antioxidant can help support overall health by boosting our immune system. A surrender is an attack on the body. Think of glutathione as Seal Team Six.
Bananas help fight your hangover in several ways. First, they’re high in potassium, a mineral that’s also an electrolyte that lowers sodium and inflammation in the body. If you’ve ever woken up with a leg cramp, it means your cells are “locked” and not exchanging fuel and oxygen like they should, which is likely due to your body being low in electrolytes, usually potassium. and as soon as you eat a banana and drink a glass of water to rehydrate, the cells open and close their membranes and the electrical circuits return to normal.
A banana also gives your smoothie a smooth texture and delicious sweet flavor. Don’t skip this ingredient.
If you cut up a few slices of watermelon or about a cup and add it to the smoothie, it will bring a boost of moisture thanks to its high water content. The fruit also contains a nutrient called L-citrulline is associated with increased blood flowaccording to a study by The psychological study. Watermelon is also high in lycopene, which gives it that rich color, and is a powerful antioxidant (also found in tomatoes) that helps the body fight free radicals and counteract cell damage.
When you add oats, you’re doing more than just improving the texture of your smoothie (although that can be a huge bonus if you’re hungover). Oats are a whole grain that restores your gut microbiome to health, which can help boost mood and energy. Oats can help prevent anxiety, fatigue, low blood pressure, and hangover-related symptoms.
Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants that help our bodies fight inflammation, a side effect of hangovers. The exact compounds in blueberries that have a powerful effect are called flavonoids. One group of flavonoids in particular, anthocyanins, is the powerful antioxidant that gives blueberries their health superpowers.
6. Coconut Water
Coconut water adds a moisture boost to your smoothie because it’s naturally isotonic, meaning it absorbs faster than non-isotonic liquids. It’s also packed with potassium and magnesium, two minerals that are lost when the body becomes dehydrated.
Add these ingredients to your blender and if it’s too thick just add ice or more coconut water depending on how creamy you like your smoothie. Enjoy!
The magic hangover smoothie
Adjust serving size (makes 2 to 3 per blender)
- coconut water
- Add ingredients based on serving size
- Blend, pulse to mix thoroughly and drink
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