Right now, nothing beats a birch sap cure to get off to a good start. Detoxifying and revitalizing, this precious nectar will help your body do the big cleaning.

birch sap

Birch sap – Source: spm

birch sap

Very popular in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, birch sap is harvested every year in the spring. This clear, slightly sweet drink is a real nutritional goldmine. It contains 17 amino acids, minerals (potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and iron), vitamins (A, B, C and E), antioxidants, saponins and enzymes. A birch cure is perfect for the change of season, because it allows the emunctories to be drained and the toxins accumulated during the winter to be eliminated. This remineralizing and alkalizing beverage helps purify the microbiota, boost metabolism and strengthen the immune system. It is also known to improve sleep, reduce inflammation, as well as fight against kidney stones, ulcers and joint pain. To benefit from its health benefits, banish pasteurized products filled with preservatives in favor of fresh, organic birch sap. Remember that this natural water is particularly diuretic. Avoid consuming it before going to bed if you don’t want to get up at night to go to the bathroom. Finally, note that it is contraindicated for people suffering from hypersensitivity to pollen or edema related to heart or kidney disease. Caution is also required for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children under 12 years old. If in doubt, ask your doctor for advice.

red apples

Red apples – Source: spm

Apple

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” goes an old saying. It is true that with its composition, it deserves its reputation as a health food. Low in calories and nourishing, it provides you with soft fibres, antioxidants (flavonoids such as quercetin), vitamins (C and E) and minerals (potassium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium and copper). A nutritional identity card that explains its digestive, draining and diuretic properties. Not to mention its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholesterol-lowering, tonic and anti-stress qualities.

carrots

Carrots – Source: spm

The carrot

Appreciated for its richness in fiber, minerals (potassium and calcium) and vitamins (A, B9, C, E and K), this root vegetable is the ally of the intestines and the liver. Carrots balance digestion, regulate transit and calm inflammation of the colon. Antioxidant and remineralizing, it also helps to lower blood cholesterol, improve night vision and the health of the skin and mucous membranes. Lemon This detox champion drains the liver and helps good digestion. Very well endowed with antioxidants (flavonoids and limonoids) and vitamin C, it is beneficial for the immune system and vitality. It also contains vitamins A and E, minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium) and iron. A very well assimilated iron, because it is associated with vitamin C. Another asset, its alkalizing effect which rebalances the internal pH. Is your blood sugar playing tricks on you? Consume a little lemon with each meal, its acidity will help you reduce your blood sugar level.

My spring detox smoothie

Ingredients

  • 15 cl of birch sap
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon

Preparation

  1. Wash the carrot and the apple. Take out the core. Cut them into quarters. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you get a homogeneous mixture. Feel free to add a little water if you want a more liquid result.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy.

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