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Drinking Green Smoothies Saved JJ Smith's Life. Now She's Helping Other Women Take Control Of Their Health.
May 13, 2022
When nutritionist and weight-loss expert JJ Smith started taking her health seriously, it was at a time when she’d been on an endless loop of fad diets, losing upwards of 20 pounds only to gain the weight right back. “I was always in the cycle of trying to do some kind of low-carb diet just to get off the extra pounds that were starting to pile on and did that back and forth for years,” she tells ESSENCE.
Smith realized that in order to reach her goals to shed weight and better herself inside and out, she couldn’t keep wasting time on restrictive low-carb, high stakes diets. Instead, she needed to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle that she could maintain.
“You think you have to go on a diet in order to lose weight, but the reality was, changing my eating habits caused me to lose weight and I wasn’t even trying,” she says.
For 10 years, Smith began to fully immerse herself in the ins and outs of food. She studied, eventually becoming a nutritionist and expert in all things weight loss. In the midst of those life changes, she experienced a health crisis that threatened her life. “I got really ill, like bedridden, and had no energy,” she says. “If I got up and made up the bed, that was all the energy I had for the day. I’d have to get back into bed because I couldn’t even function.”
The cause of Smith’s dwindling health was mercury poisoning, with high levels of this toxic substance found in her kidney, liver and gut. While recovering from her diagnosis, Smith was prescribed 24 medications that she was expected to take daily to get her failing organs to function normally again. But she didn’t want to be held captive to such a routine.
“My mom came by and said, ‘Okay, you’re a couple of months in and you’re not getting better. You’re gonna have to you have to pray and do something different,’” she recalls. Smith soon learned about the transformative benefits and detoxifying effects of consuming green smoothies. As she integrated them into her diet, he results were nothing short of miraculous. “I went from taking 24 meds down to four, literally in days,” she says.