Winter is closing in for most of us, and even if you’re in warmer climates, our bodies are STILL making adjustments, whether we like it or not. What better time to increase your bodies temperature and boost your metabolism! You will surely get toasty with my Spicy Pear Smoothie Recipe—full of the warming and stimulating action from the ginger and cayenne, to the anti-inflammatory juices of the pear.
Did you know that cayenne pepper has been used both as food and medicine for the last 9,000 years?! Pretty cool, right? What I love about this spicy little pepper, is it’s power to stimulate your body’s circulation and reduce acidity.
Cayenne is typically added to food in either its natural or powdered form, but you can also use it as a cream or capsule in order to benefit from its detoxifying properties (a bonus for us Beauty Detoxers, since you know how much we stress detoxing!).
Cayenne pepper not only helps with digestion, but can heal an upset stomach/stomach pain, help cure diarrhea and slow intestinal gas, and, has been used as a natural remedy for cramps. It improves poor circulation, reverses excessive blood clotting and can aid in preventing heart disease.
This amazing pepper also has the ability to relieve toothaches, help with seasickness, and help when you have a fever. It’s also been known to alleviates pain caused by shingles, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and even fibromyalgia. Cayenne can also be applied topically, to help benefit the skin, too.
What About Pears?
Pears excel when it comes to the phytonutrient category. One study from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, including 1,638 participants—averaging between the ages of 62-69 years. What they found was that the combination of apples/pears ranked as the second highest source of flavonols among all fruits and vegetables. This was partly due to the epicatechin richness of pears.
To put it into perspective, one pear can provide about half the amount of the average daily intake, of about 14 milligrams per day. What’s of special interest to researchers, is the long list of phytonutrients found in pears.
I love pear’s yummy skin and the white insides also, which contain phenolic phytonutrients, giving them the ability to help with antioxidant powers and anti-inflammatory flavonoids. The skin of the pear has also been show to contain about half of the pear’s total dietary fiber (and you know how much I love my fiber!).
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until well combined.
It’s time to give our body a boost of fiber and a punch of detox-promoting heat. Let’s get our blenders whirling! ;)