SPRING CLEANING has never been more invigorating. Cleaning house maybe the norm during this time of year, but how about cleaning out our body and giving it a natural boost at the same time?  Flushing out toxins, boosting the immune system and stimulating blood circulation can be achieved naturally with foods.  This month’s recipe features beets and other key ingredients (highlighted below) that are blended into a nutrient


 Take, for example, the star ingredient: beets.  One catchy phrase to remember their health benefits is "beets beat disease” and then some. Fresh, raw beets contain the potent phytochemical betaine, which has been proven to play a significant role in reversing and preventing the symptoms of heart disease.  Beets also purify the blood and help detoxify the kidneys and the liver.  When using beets, it is best to leave the outer skin on.  Just rinse with water and pat dry.  Consume raw whenever possible or opt for marinated or fermented beets for maximum health benefits.


 Included in the recipe for this earthy beet power drink, manuka honey does more than just add a sweet, savory twist.  It is known as a super antibiotic and is often used as an ointment to heal wounds.  Add to drinks or spread on sprouted bread to help reverse ulcers and as a preventative measure to stave off germs. 


 Toss in a tablespoon of goji berries!  carotene than any food on earth.  Known to help reverse symptoms of lung and eye disease, goji berries are also attributed to longevity and a healthy immune system.  You may or may not be familiar with this next power ingredient –cordyceps.  These parasitic mushrooms are attributed to an increase in cellular energy production and oxygen supply, which translates to faster energy recovery post workout, for example, and reduced fatigue.

 Black sesame seeds are considered the wonder seeds for all kinds of reasons.  These tiny seeds pack potent healing powers due to their hight concentrations of calcium, magnesium and copper.  They help reduce cholesterol and enhance immune response.  A side note: many people claim black sesame will keep away gray hair!

-susun irby, the bikini chef - contributing writer for ms&F magazine