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Child Psychiatrist /Adult Psychiatrist

Green Smoothie - Cleansing for the Mind?

Updated: Sep 9, 2023


A blender sitting on a counter top.

Over the past one year, I have made a major change in my life which has substantially improved my health, which has been focusing on proper nutrition. The first step was purchasing a high quality juicer, which I do not recommend. I think it is an expensive investment, where you lose a lot of fiber from the vegetables and fruits that you juice. I kind of regret that I got a juicer, but it was a stepping stone. My second investment was the Vitamix 7500 which I rely recommend. It could be seen as an expensive investment, however I use it once per day, which has been a great investment for my health.


Cleansing for the

Mind

A glass of green smoothie with apples, lemons and limes.

I recommend the Vitamix because it allows you to consume a substantially quantity of veggies and fruits within each smoothie. Today, I made a banana, mango, avocado, lemon, cucumber smoothie, where I added almond/coconut milk, which I thought was amazing. Each day I try to drink at least one smoothie, trying to make different recipes or experiment. It has forced me to consume many more fruits and vegetables, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, which I feel is very important for my health and well being. I highly recommend getting a device where you can make smoothies on a daily basis.



There are many brands that are less expensive, such as Nutribullet. I got the Vitamix because I tend to enjoy cooking as well, so its versatility has been amazing. I do not follow any diet, however noticed that I feel so much better eating more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. I have noticed that I don't have to work out as much and I am losing weight, which is a great feeling. However, I have started to play basketball every other day, which has been a lot of fun. It makes me nostalgic about my childhood where I would play outside for literally 3-4 hours per day. I think this is one major factor that has changed for children these days. I think it is really important that kids exercise for at least 1 hour per day, which could mitigate potential stress and has overall health benefits. Aside from limited exercise among youth, I think that our culture tends to consume foods that are high in calories, however nutritional deficient.



I think this is one major problem in America, the consumption of too much processed food. I am slowly trying to reduce my intake of processed foods in the long run, as I am concerned about all the additional chemicals and additives in food we purchase. This is one reason why I try to eat organic food at home, however at times, the price and availability can be restricting factors. I guess it would be optimal to grow my own fruits and vegetables. There are various studies that reflect that a high vegetable meal plan helps fight the toxins that exist in our mind and body. The gut does not process meat, especially in how it is mass produced these days. Natural meat does not really exist as all animals are farm raised include wild fish increasing the level of toxins such as mercury, CBC, etc.


a group of fish in water

Here are a few pictures of how farm raised animals lived their lives. Would you want to live in such conditions?



a group of pigs in a cage

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