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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.

BITTER MELON

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

THE RECIPE

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.

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Bitter Gourd Juice

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1

Bitter Gourd Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 bitter gourd
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a pineapple
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 knob of ginger

Instructions

  1. Wash all the vegetables. Peel the pineapple. Cut the bitter gourd in half then extract the juice from all the vegetables. Serve immediately!

Notes

I did NOT deseed the bitter gourd. You can if you prefer to.

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21 Comments

  1. July 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I’ve only had bitter gourd (bitter melon) before in Vietnamese restaurants and it is an acquired taste, to say the least! Really loved your post- loved your memories and quite thought provoking too. Definitely a firm believer of detoxing from negative people!

    • Mira
      Author
      July 3, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      That is such a sweetcomment Annik! Really appreciate you taking your tim commenting. I would love to go to Vietnam one day.

  2. July 3, 2017 / 7:24 am

    This looks so good! But I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to bitter foods

    • Mira
      Author
      July 3, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      I love to ask this question ”What about chocolate”?

  3. July 1, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    This sounds so interesting! AND I recently got a juicer!

    • Mira
      Author
      July 3, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Yay!!! Let me know if you ever try it!

  4. June 30, 2017 / 3:41 am

    This looks so healthy but I really cannot stomach anything bitter so I don’t know whether I would manage it ….. but I could definitely give it a go without that one ingredient!

    • Mira
      Author
      July 1, 2017 / 1:37 am

      It’s completely understandable Tiffany, You can swap the bitter gourd for nettles, spinach or any other leafy veg that you think you can stomach 🙂

  5. June 30, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Bitter foods aren’t something I naturally associate with detoxing, so this is definitely food for thought. What is a bitter gourd though, don’t think I’ve heard of it before, unless it has another name too?

    • Mira
      Author
      June 30, 2017 / 2:15 am

      Hi, Rachel, it is known differently in different places, of course, look for Bitter melon or karela. You may find it in your local Ethnic shop. You can try the frozen ones as well

  6. June 29, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I’m into detoxing but never heard of doing it with bitter foods. I will have to try it

  7. June 29, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I absolutely hate everything that is bitter. If I eat almonds, and for some reason, a bitter one ends up in my mouth I have to spit it out and wash my mouth out with water – several times, lol. I think I will not take my chances with this juice, though detoxing is always a good idea.

    • Mira
      Author
      June 29, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      Haha, I totally get that! What about chocolate? I’m sure you’re eating plenty of other detoxifying food that you won’t need to go near this one! Good luck!

  8. June 29, 2017 / 8:53 am

    How interesting! Something I didn’t know about bitter foods. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Mira. Knowledgeable as always.

    • Mira
      Author
      June 29, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you Tonia, I’m glad you learn something through this post today.

  9. June 29, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I learned something new! Bitter gourd! Going to try a few of these, I love a shot of detox to keep my system strong and a shot of get lost to the negative peeps as well! 🙂 That’s a great detox! 🙂

    • Mira
      Author
      June 29, 2017 / 9:27 am

      You’re right! We don’t want toxic people! I’m glad to be of help!

  10. June 29, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Oh gosh my partner would love this! I should give it a try too, I’ve been really struggling with my stomach this last three weeks and currently undertaking a lifestyle change.

    • Mira
      Author
      June 29, 2017 / 9:28 am

      That’s Super David! Awareness is where it all starts, good luck and if you need any help, gives us a shout!

  11. June 29, 2017 / 7:10 am

    I’ve never heard of a bitter gourd before. Does it have other culinary uses?

    • Mira
      Author
      June 29, 2017 / 7:32 am

      oh yes, You can stir fry, bake or cook it with dhal or meat curry. I think I have only 1 other recipe on the blog which I should link.

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