Carrot smoothie is rich in beta-carotenes which are profoundly important for our well-being.
Smoothies in general are often quite high in natural plant sugars; it is a good idea to take a walk afterwards, or your blood glucose may shoot into the stratosphere if you are insulin resistant. Then instead they are turned into glycogen.
To test is not difficult; two pricks of the finger. Borrow a glucometer, enjoy a carrot smoothie and measure your blood glucose half an hour later, after sitting at your computer. Repeat again on another day after a short walk instead; what is the difference?
This simple test could literally save your life; the C-19 virus is targeting those who are insulin resistant. Smoothies without exercise could actually contribute to your demise.
Having said that, I enjoy one most mornings despite being pre-diabetic. I make sure I am very active after any sugary or starchy meal.
Without beta-carotenes in your diet you will literally die; whilst a total deficiency is rare since they are found in many vegetables and fruits, a moderate shortage is really very common because of a lack of sufficient yellow and orange foods in the Western diet.
The beta-carotenes in your carrot smoothie are converted to vitamin A.
They contribute in many ways to our well-being, not least of which is good eyesight, a clear skin and a normal immune system that will give you protection against invading viruses and bacteria; that is not unimportant in Covid-19 times.
They also contribute by giving us protection against malignant tumours; in short, carrot smoothies are not small beer.
Once you are in the groove you can make most smoothies in five minutes or less. Drop in a leaf of arugula or parsley for a variation. I am firmly committed to the understanding that we either take a little time to prepare nutritious food, or we spend ten times as much consulting doctors and swallowing pills.
For heaven's sake don't think you can cheat on five minutes and swallow your beta-carotene in a pill. Let your food be your medicine, said Hippocrates. He was correct then and he is still right today.
Natural honey alas is difficult to get unless you know a small beekeeper; the stuff you find in the supermarket is a poor shadow of the real McCoy, highly refined and often adulterated. It has over 30 phytochemicals and substances from the flowers and added by the insects that contribute to our well-being. But it does contain simple sugars; I recommend no more than perhaps three teaspoons a day unless you are physically very active.
You can use liquid, runny honey or the crystallised version in your carrot smoothie.
Ginger and turmeric are included in your carrot smoothie for a very important reason. They help us control blood sugar; if we enjoyed them daily in our food we would be far better off, and it is so easy.
As I write on 5th August, 2020 we are in the midst of rheumatic fever week. Just like the over the top cytokine storm after exposure to the coronavirus, it is this same abnormal immune reaction to the streptococcus bacterium. It is a common complication of those living with raised blood sugar. Enjoying ginger and turmeric with your food, and taking a short walk after starchy meals is an important part of the solution.
Rheumatic heart disease kills an estimate 300,000 people every year, and the corona virus has already doubled that; avoiding refined carbohydrate is an important link in the equation.
Whatever you do, not not strain or filter your carrot smoothie. All that fibre is a very important prebiotic for the bugs in the colon; it passes through the small intestine undigested and becomes the food for the microbiota, those teeming billions of bacteria, viruses and yeasts in the lower bowel that are indispensable to sparkling well-being.
If you insist on it being very smooth, then just blend it for a little longer.
Your carrot smoothie is high in natural sugars so take a short walk after breakfast.
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