Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie: Powerful Recipe For The Best Cleanse

heavy metal detox Smoothie
Heidi Moretti Author circleHeidi Moretti, MS, RD
Clinical Registered Dietitian
Detoxification Expert

Recipe | Nutrition Label | Research

Heavy metals are good if they are rock bands, but they have no place in our bodies!  All kidding aside, I am often surprised at how little the medical community speaks about heavy metals, because over the course of a lifetime, they can take a toll on the cardiovascular system, brain, nervous system, digestive tract, skin health, and liver function.

When I was in graduate school, the idea of mercury was obscure, and we only thought that people who ate swordfish had to worry about it.  Today, the concern for heavy metal toxicity has grown because of pollution in the oceans, in the air, and in the soils has grown exponentially across the globe.

In this article, I will share with you several evidence-based healthy, simple, natural and safe steps we can all take to begin to gently remove heavy metals from our body.

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe

Below is my favorite heavy metal detox smoothie recipe, using a combination of foods and herbs known for their heavy metal detox abilities, such as moringa, chlorella, cilantro, probiotic foods, and selenium-rich foods.

I will also discuss the research behind the ingredients I use including different options to help you tailor the smoothie recipe to your own preferences.

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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe

My favorite heavy metal detox smoothie recipe, using a combination of foods and herbs known for their heavy metal detox abilities, such as moringa, chlorella, cilantro, probiotic foods, and selenium-rich foods.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
Servings: 1 people
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Heidi Moretti, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup wild blueberries
  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened, plain
  • 1 ml moringa drops
  • 2 nuts brazil nuts
  • ½-2 grams Chlorella around 5-10 capsules, start with the lowest serving size
  • 1 ounce cilantro
  • 2 whole kiwi
  • 1 ounce chia seeds
  • 1 medium banana optional
  • 8 fl oz kombucha optional

Instructions

  • Soak chia seeds in two cup of almond milk overnight, store in the refrigerator
  • Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Add 1 ml moringa drops
  • Drink in the morning on an empty stomach

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal

Other options I often do:

  • Simply mix chlorella into my kombucha drink
  • Add chlorella and cilantro in my other smoothies recipes.

Related Recipes: Overnight colon cleanse
Related Supplements: Organic selenium,  Zeotrex, Moringa extract drops.

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Nutrition Label

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Nutrition Label

Heavy Metal Detox Ingredients: Summary of Research

Below is a summary of the ingredients used in the recipe, and their main benefits for heavy metal detox.

  • Wild blueberries: (Anthocyanin)
    Are rich in anthocyanin (purple pigment) known to protect the body from heavy metals, including neuroprotective benefits.
  • Moringa:
    Different parts of the moringa plant are reported to have the ability to remove heavy metals from the body, and to reduce their oxidative stress.[1]
    Moringa extract drops make it easier to use in smoothies and juices.
  • Brazil nut:  (Selenium)
    One brazil nut (5 grams) provides over 150% of your daily value of selenium, an important mineral known to bind and detox heavy metals in the body.
  • Chlorella:
    Has the ability to bind to heavy metals, and is also a concentrated source of nutrients, including chlorophyll, another potent natural detoxifier.
  • Cilantro:
    Known ability to bind to heavy metals.
  • Chia seeds: (Fiber)
    Very high in fiber to help eliminate heavy metals and promote healthy bowel movements.
  • Kombucha: (probiotics)
    Probiotic many healing benefits also includes detox heavy metals (see research section below). I know this may sound like a strange combination, but kombucha actually taste good in this smoothie!
  • Almond milk: (Vitamin E)
    Rich in vitamin E, which may help chelate lead.[2]
  • Kiwi: (Vitamin C)
    Rich in vitamin C, which also may chelate lead, by itself or with vitamin E.[3]
  • Banana: (Fiber, taste)
    Added due to its fiber content, and also to improve flavor and creaminess.

Chlorella for Heavy Metal Detox

Chlorella for Heavy Metal Detox

Chlorella is a powerful single-celled algae shown in studies to bind to toxins and heavy metals in water, and also inside our body.

According to research, chlorella acts like a sponge to heavy metals such as mercury and can “soak them up” so they can be eliminated with the stool.

In fact, several studies found that chlorella can bind to heavy metals in people who have silver fillings.  It may even remove mercury from nerve tissue by eliminating this harmful substance through the bowel movements and urine.  The benefits of chlorella aren’t just for mercury either; some evidence suggests it may be helpful in removing other dangerous heavy metals like cadmium from the body.

Not only does chlorella bind with toxic metals, it also provides healthy nutrients for the body like iron, chlorophyll, and protein. As a natural way to improve health, there isn’t much to lose by adding some chlorella into your daily life to gently help the body remove unwanted metals.

I use a daily dose of chlorella, at about 1 -3 tsp per day in my smoothie.  A little bit goes a long way!  Start with ½-1 tsp per day and work your way up.  If you add too much, you may experience some digestive side effects or a healing crisis. Remember, detox is all about restoring balance. It’s not a sprint, but rather a part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle.

Cilantro’s Powerful Effects Against Heavy Metals

Cilantro’s Powerful Effects Against Heavy Metals

Another easy step anyone can do to help the body clear heavy metals is to eat cilantro regularly.  This relative of parsley has the ability to safely remove heavy metals from the body too.

While we only have about a dozen case reports where cilantro has been used for heavy metal toxicity, all these cases showed impressive improvements.  The case reports even visualized a reduction in heavy metal content in the body by observing MRI’s. Animal studies also show that cilantro can safely remove lead from the body.

It is still not clear how exactly cilantro works to detox heavy metals, but since it’s safe and also delicious, this is an easy add-in to your daily meals.  In fact, I’m going to buy some more for dinner tonight!

A great way to have cilantro is to chop it up and add it to salads, add fresh cilantro as a condiment to soups, make a cilantro pesto, and add to your green smoothies.

Zinc & Selenium for Heavy Metal Detox

Zinc & Selenium for Heavy Metal Detox

Both zinc and selenium are essential minerals that can also naturally bind to heavy metals and safely remove them from the body.

Unfortunately, with selenium, our soils content affects how much selenium our food will have.  For example, the region I live in is very low in selenium, so if I am to eat local foods, I better consider taking selenium supplements routinely. People who work in agriculture are very aware of this because their livestock will die without enough selenium. For humans, an average daily dose of selenium is around 100-200 mcg.

The required amount of zinc per day varies, depending on your body size, the form it comes in your diet, and more.  For example, zinc in plant foods is poorly absorbed, while it is well absorbed from fish and meats. Also, many medications make zinc absorption poor, such as stomach medications, blood pressure pills and others.  In these cases, it is important to consider zinc supplementation. On average, a normal daily amount of zinc is around 10-15 mg.

As in many essential minerals, more is not always better. So no need to get overboard with zinc and selenium. Try to get your daily supply from whole foods such as oysters, wild salmon, and brazil nuts, and consider supplementation if needed.

Probiotic Foods & Heavy Metals

Probiotic Foods & Heavy Metals

Did you know that fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi can help remove heavy metals from the body too?

According to research, certain type of bacteria found in these foods have the ability to bind to toxic metals in the gut, so they can be eliminated with the stool.

I love fermented foods and won’t go a day without them in my diet.  I feel that anyone struggling with heavy metal toxicity symptoms should do the same.

While you can supplement probiotics too, the complexity of fermented foods supports many aspects of digestive health and provides healthy polyamines for the body. The only caution I would give here is to people who are sensitive to tyramines or need to avoid tyramines.

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – How Often?

All the ingredients in this heavy metal detox smoothie support your body in a natural, safe, and gente way. You can drink it regularly, as a part of a healthy lifestyle to promote health and well-being.

Lung Cleansing Drink : 2 Natural Recipes To Detox & Clear Your Lungs

Lung Cleansing Drink

Evidence based lungs cleansing drink recipes to detox, clear and flush excess mucus, phlegm, and toxins from your lungs, with the best foods for lung healing respiratory health.

Use these lung detox drinks to enhance your lung cleanse program, or as a natural way to support normal lung function and promote the health of your respiratory system.

Table Of Content

  • Juice : recipe, nutrition facts.
  • Smoothie: recipe, nutrition facts.

Lung Cleanse Juice

Lung Cleanse Juice Recipe

This recipe is based on traditional medicine principles, as well as modern science recommendations.

All the ingredients have a long history of safe use for long health that is also supported by the medical community. See the evidence section to learn more about the science behind each ingredient.

Lung Cleanse Juice
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Lung Cleanse Juice

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Juice
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lung Cleanse Juice
Servings: 1
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium apple
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 4 oz pomegranate juice 100% pure & fresh, not from concentrate
  • 2 inch ginger root
  • 1 tbsp raw local honey or stevia to taste optional

Instructions

  • Peel the ginger.
  • Run the carrots, apple, kale, lettuce, and cucumbers through a juicer.
  • Add the pomegranate juice. We recommend to only use 100% pure fresh juice.
  • Mix and taste. You can add a few drops of stevia, or use raw local honey to add sweetness (optional). Another popular option is to add another apple to the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal

Lung Cleanse Juice – Nutrition Facts

As you can see below the lung cleanse juice provides your body with a lot of nutrients. Out of these nutrients, we would like to highlight iron and magnesium, that according to research, may play a key role in the health of your lungs.

  • Iron (60%):
    Research data suggests that iron deficiency can lower lung function and may even increase the risk to develop asthma. [1].
  • Magnesium (35%):
    According to research, magnesium may also play a key role in healthy lung function. The evidence suggests that low magnesium intake may increase the risk of asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease. [2].

Lung Cleanse Juice Drink Nutrition Facts

Lung Detox Smoothie

lung detox smoothie recipe

Another potent lung cleansing drink we recommended to include in the lung cleanse is the lung detox smoothie. The consistency of the smoothie is much thicker than the lungs cleansing juice, which many people enjoy.

The smoothie provides you with much more fiber. Around 50% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). As research suggests, a diet rich in fiber-containing foods may play a role in improving lung health [3].

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Lung Detox Smoothie

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lung Detox Smoothie
Servings: 1
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spring water 250 ml
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup whole blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries (halves)
  • 1 cup pineapples (chunks)
  • 1 medium apple
  • stevia vanilla flavor optional

Instructions

  • Place water, kale and romaine lettuce into the blender. Blend until they turn liquid.
  • Add the berries, pineapples and apple, and blend again until desired consistency is reached.
  • Drink immediately. Add a few drops of Stevia if you need to add a little sweetness. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal

Lung Detox Smoothie – Nutrition Facts

In addition to its high fiber content, the lung detox smoothie also provides your body with many essential nutrients, including a few key ingredients that may play a key role for lung health:

  • Bromelain:
    Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. According to research, Bromelain has the ability to reduce lung inflammation, decrease airway sensitivity to irritants, and benefit sinus infection. [4].
  • Anthocyanins:
    Anthocyanins are the blue, red, or purple pigments of berries. Multiple studies suggested that Anthocyanins may play a key role in the health of the lungs. The researchers believe that anthocyanins can slow down age-related decline in lung function, reduce airway inflammation, prevent asthma, and suppress growth of some types of lung cancer. [5].
  • Quercetin:
    Research data suggests that, Quercetin, a major flavonoid in apples can provide therapeutic relief of asthma symptoms, and may also suppress growth of lung cancer cells [6].

Lung Cleanse Smoothie Nutrition Facts

The Green Smoothie Detox Cleanse : Breakfast Of Champions

Green Smoothie Detox Cleanse Recipe

The green smoothie detox cleanse breakfast recipe is a delicious healthy drink designed to refuel and boost your energy in the morning, with easy to digest nutrients your body can easily assimilate and utilize.

Similar to all our detox recipes, the nutritional profile of this recipe (see below) is exceptional. You will be getting a lot of health promoting benefits and nutrients in just one serving.

When To Drink The Green Smoothie Detox Recipe

Ideally, you want to drink the recipe in the morning on an empty stomach, before you ate or drank anything else. There’s one exception; you can still drink the lemon juice cleanse drink recipe.

Use the green smoothie detox as a healthy tasty way to start your day:

  • Boost your cleanse or detox plan.
  • Give your digestive system a break. Especially if you have digestive issues such as bloating, and excess gas.
  • Jumpstart your weight loss plan. This recipe should make you happy, satisfied and full.

The Green Smoothie Detox Cleanse: Breakfast Recipe

Green Smoothie Detox : Strawberry Breakfast Delight

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green Smoothie Detox
Servings: 1
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spring water 250 ml
  • 1 cup spinach 3 oz
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce 5 oz
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 cup strawberries 5 oz

Instructions

  • Place water, celery, spinach and romaine lettuce into the blender. Blend until they turn liquid.
  • Add apple, banana and strawberries and blend again until desired consistency is reached.
  • Drink immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal

The Nutrients In The Green Smoothie Detox

As you can see below, you get a lot of nutrients when you drink the green smoothie detox breakfast recipe. If you wonder how much of it you should drink, here are a few tips:

  • If this is your first time, drink half a serving first and see how it makes you feel. You may find that you only need half a serving.
  • Some people like to drink the green smoothie detox recipe before they leave the house in the morning. Others prefer to drink it throughout the morning. In any case, we recommend to finish drinking the smoothie at least one hour before you eat any solid foods.

Green Smoothie Detox Breakfast nutrition facts

The Greens In The Green Smoothie Detox

The spinach – lettuce combination that we use in the recipe blends very well in terms of flavor and nutritional profile:

  • Spinach:  excellent source of folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, Iron, Manganese and chlorophyll.
  • Romaine lettuce:  excellent source of folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. It offers a mild sweet flavor for smoothies that helps to balance other greens and veggies.

Since each green may offer different nutrients , we highly recommend to rotate your greens throughout the year.

To make sure your green detox smoothies always taste great, it is best to combine greens that have a more mild taste with different dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, arugula and others that may have a more aggressive taste on their own.

The Fruits In The Green Smoothie Detox

Bananas, apples and strawberries are very popular fruits to use when you make smoothies. Their natural sweetness help to balance the taste of the greens. They also add a pleasant texture to the smoothies.

Just like we recommend to rotate your greens, you may also want to  experiment with different fruits. Great options are tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango and papayas.

It is important to look at the sugar content and see how much you really need. Based on our experience, some people may need less fruits in their smoothies. For this reason, when you change the recipe, always start with half a serving.