Veggie-filled smoothies don't always have to be green! We've created this carrot pineapple smoothie that is antioxidant-rich shake. The result is a beautiful orange color (with carrots as the vegetable source) and tropical flavor you'll want to sip year round.
Whether you were more of an orange or apple kid, chances are juice has been a part of your diet since you were old enough to drink from a cup. As an adult, fruit juice is still undeniably delicious and makes a great mixer for brunch cocktails. But, it can also send our blood sugar into a tailspin. For this reason, we recommend drinking fruit juice in moderation on the 21-Day Clean Program. Green juice made from vegetables, on the other hand, offers many health benefits and can make a healthy addition to your diet both on and off the cleanse.
We have a deep love of Asian food. Such flavors as ginger, sesame oil, and rice vinegar really please the palate. Served with crunchy cashews over a bed of brown rice, our General Tso’s Cauliflower is a delicious, nutrient-dense take on the traditional dish that is suitable for scratching your take-out itch while on the Clean Program cleanse.
It’s the day after a vigorous spin class and your glutes are so sore you can’t sit, stand, or lie down comfortably. While you could pop a few ibuprofen, finding relief from post-workout muscle soreness could be a bit simpler. We’re talking about CBD, which you’ve probably heard of in the context of edibles, tinctures, skincare, and even lattes. While CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it won’t get you high. However, when applied topically, it may soothe aches and pains and help you recover faster after a workout.
How does topical CBD work?
To understand how CBD could impact your post-workout recovery, it’s important to know what is. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of two major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. The difference between CBD and THC comes down to the arrangement of a single atom. It might not seem like a big deal, but this slight variation has a huge impact on how each compound affects the body.
THC has the unique ability to bind to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in areas of the brain responsible for memory, cognition, emotion, and motor coordination, while CB2 receptors are sprinkled throughout the central nervous and immune systems. CBD can only bind to CB2 receptors, which means it delivers many of the same benefits as THC without the psychoactive effects. When applied topically, CBD is absorbed through the skin where it can interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors and reduce inflammation in injured tissues.
The link between exercise, inflammation, and CBD
When it comes to building muscle and getting toned, a little bit of inflammation is good. In fact, it’s crucial for getting the results you want. Working out causes micro-damage to our muscles, triggering the body’s natural repair process and allowing tissues to grow back stronger. The problem occurs when too much inflammation is left unchecked. When we overdo it and push beyond what we’re conditioned to do, inflammation can lead to poor workout performance and exercise injuries like sprains, strains, and joint pain.
Fitness fanatics and serious athletes often rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to soothe post-workout pain and aid the recovery process. However, popping over-the-counter painkillers too often could have some unexpected and troubling consequences for people who vigorously exercise. Multiple studies have shown that NSAIDs may overtax the kidneys during prolonged workouts and reduce the muscles’ ability to recover afterward.
CBD provides a natural alternative to pain relief. And, when applied topically, CBD never reaches the bloodstream. It offers localized relief from muscle and joint pain without the potentially harmful side effects of taking NSAIDs. This being said, there isn’t much research on the long-term effects of CBD products, and doctors aren’t sure whether continued use of CBD is effective or even safe. If you do decide to try topical CBD to aid in your post-workout recovery, there are a couple of things you can do to enhance the effects.
How to use topical CBD for the best post-workout recovery:
1. Shower before applying topical CBD. Our skin has low permeability, which makes it difficult for bacteria and other harmful substances to get in. This also makes it tricky for the skin to absorb good stuff, like CBD ointments and salves. After your workout, thoroughly wash off any sweat, dirt, and other substances that could create a barrier between the CBD and your skin. This will help create an optimal environment for absorption. Dry-off thoroughly before applying CBD.
2. Don’t be shy with application. Because the skin absorbs cannabinoids at a low rate, a liberal application is key for feeling the effects of topical CBD. You may also need to apply more than once. With each application, massage and rub the topical into your skin. Keep in mind, it could take over an hour for the pain-relieving benefits of CBD to kick in. Follow the instructions on the label for reapplication, up to several times daily.
3. Check with your doctor. As when incorporating any new treatment into your wellness routine, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor first, especially if you’re taking other medications or supplements. CBD has powerful healing potential, but the total effects on the body haven't been fully explored.
Take one sip and you'll feel like you're eating a slice of blackberry cobbler, but you'll get all of the benefits of a produce-rich meal in this delicious smoothie. The tart, juicy blackberries, combined with creamy coconut milk, sweet dates, and bright lemon will have you making this blackberry smoothie on repeat and loving every sip.
People have been using astrological signs to understand personality traits for centuries. If you’re familiar with the different characteristics of each sign, you might notice the bold and hardheaded tenacity of a Sagittarius or the comforting, empathetic nature of a Cancer at first meeting. In addition to explaining the inner workings of our minds and what makes us who we are, astrology can also potentially tell us about our health.
Topics: Clean Life
Food combining principles have been around for a long time. Generally, food-combining eating assigns foods to different groups. These are usually broken down into carbs and starches, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats. Some guidelines also classify foods as either acidic, alkaline or neutral. Food-combining diets specify how you should combine these groups in a meal.
It's easy to get your greens when they're hidden in a flavorful, comforting bowl of pasta. We've paired chickpea pasta with a nutty, homemade pesto and filled it with good for you veggies like arugula and peas. This is the perfect dish to make ahead of time, and it can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Ever wonder why you crave crisp salads and cold smoothies in summer but not so much in winter? It probably has a lot to do with the weather outside. But Ayurvedic principles may also be influencing our eating patterns. Eating with the changes in the season can help us stay healthy and energized throughout the year. This recipe helps us transition from the colder months to the warmer ones.
We've bottled up all of the decadent flavors of a 'cookies and cream' milkshake into a good-for-you smoothie that leaves out all of the refined sugar and dairy. Our version is filled with whole ingredients like maca, raw cacao, and coconut cream. It's delicious enough to serve as dessert but healthy enough to serve as a nutrient-dense breakfast on the cleanse, or with the Daily Shake any day.