Green smoothie for healthy hormones
According to Chinese medicine the liver is the powerhouse for your hormones. If the liver energy is compromised, your hormones will react accordingly. If your liver is sluggish, for example, your hormones won’t break things down appropriately. If you have a fatty liver, your insulin levels might get out of control. And a deficient liver energy can leave your hormone levels diminishing and disappearing, triggering infertility, irregular periods, and more. To support your liver, eating leafy greens is a good way to go. But eating greens daily can be challenging. That’s when smoothies can be a perfect alternative. Green smoothies help flush the liver and the digestive system, metabolizing and binding the bad by-products of hormones.
A quick recipe to get you started but feel free to experiment!
Some background info on this recipe if you like to know the why’s:
Kale, as a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, contains indole 3 carbinol, a chemical that helps to metabolize estrogen. It also contains calcium d glucarate, which metabolizes estrogen and helps to remove carcinogens from the body.
Spinach is high in magnesium and iron, essential micronutrients for healthy hormones, while mustard greens have long been used in Ayurveda to metabolize and detoxify estrogen.
Swiss chard contains a high amount of antioxidants, especially lutein, xeanthine, and beta-carotene — all of which support the liver in glutathione production, a potent liver detoxifier.
Parsley and dandelion greens are well-known liver-supporting herbs. Parsley contains chlorophyll, folic acid, and beta-carotene to support the liver and aid in hormone production. Dandelion greens have diuretic properties, which help the liver eliminate toxins that might be affecting your hormone balance.
Banana aids the somewhat bitter taste of the greens and gives the smoothie a nice structure. Fresh, organic strawberries contain iodine, a mineral that supports the thyroid, while blueberries are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that support hormone production.
Chia seeds are a source of healthy fats, that are needed as hormone builders, providing the foundation for the production of hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Chia seeds are also a source of fiber, protein and omega-3 fats, which help to combat inflammation. If you rather skip the chia seeds you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil — another healthy fat with medium-chain triglycerides that support our hormones.