Detox With Bitter Food
Regular detox help strengthens the immune system functioning and fights off infections. Toxins such as in plastics, cosmetics and detergents used every day can affect the body’s natural ability to detox.
Helping the body through food and lifestyle becomes more important today than ever before, introducing bitter food can be an excellent way to help the liver detox. Eating bitter food activates the taste buds that stimulate enzyme production and bile flow which supports digestion. The modern diet primarily consists of sweet and salty flavours and lacking in others. It has been suggested that consuming bitter foods may also reduce food cravings.
Along with detoxifying from food and drinks, I also believe that getting rid of bitter/toxic people from your life is as important. I regularly go through my contact lists and remove people who I consider bringing negativity to my soul.
Taking care of our body, being mindful, helping the liver detox, talking about why you eat, why you work, talking about why you rest isn’t selfish, it’s important.
Today, however, I would like to introduce you to this Bitter vegetable famous for so many health benefits. It’s also known as Bitter melon, bitter gourd or Karela.
In Mauritius, it’s known as mangoze. Mangoze is a bumpy looking vegetable that can very quickly throw out the taste bud with just a single bite.
I recall our bitter melon vine crawling on the fence like a snake. The oblong shaped fruit was hanging on the ever so delicate thread-like stalk.
It is hollow in cross-section, with a relatively thin layer of flesh surrounding a central seed cavity filled with large, flat seeds and pith. The fruit is most often eaten green, or as it is beginning to turn yellow. At this stage, the fruit’s flesh is crunchy and watery in texture, similar to cucumber, chayote or green bell pepper, but bitter. The skin is tender and edible. Seeds and pith appear white in unripe fruits; they are not intensely bitter and can be removed before cooking.
As the fruit grows, the flesh (rind) becomes somewhat tougher and more bitter, and many consider it too distasteful to eat. On the other hand, the pith becomes sweet and intensely red; it can be eaten uncooked in this state, and is a popular ingredient in some Southeast Asian salads. Resource: Wikepedia
In this recipe, the apple, the pineapple along with the ginger adds a refreshing and sweetness that is most needed. Otherwise, you can call it vile. I know some readers turn juice recipes into smoothies for the fibre. But in this one, you just can’t! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You may ask why we should bother if it is that terrible? The thing is juicing this recipe is quite tasty, and sometimes it’s what your body needs, whether you like it or not. Feed the body right!
A few years ago, when I was going through some horrible health issues, the decision and perseverance to start making vegetable juices even when I was tired and sick helped me tremendously.
Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, vegetable juices are a great way to add some extra nutrients to the body. I am glad I didn’t give up on my health, and I am in such a better place health wise.
What about you? Do you have the FLC Syndrome (Feel like crap)? Then why not book an appointment with me where we can go through what’s causing the FLC Syndrome and work out a personalised plan for you.
- 1 bitter gourd
- 1/4 to 1/2 a pineapple
- 1 green apple
- 2 celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1 knob of ginger
- Wash all the vegetables. Peel the pineapple. Cut the bitter gourd in half then extract the juice from all the vegetables. Serve immediately!
I did NOT deseed the bitter gourd. You can if you prefer to.
PIN IT FOR LATER
Do you feel sluggish, bloated, constant headaches, skin problems, lack of energy or lack of concentration don’t let these signs fool you as just life! These are signs that your body is struggling. Take care of your health before it’s too late.
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