Ten Foods to Help Detox Your BodyArtichokes
If you’ve been enjoying a few far too many cocktails over the past few weeks or if you’ve been binging on a weeks’ worth of rich, fatty meals, steamed globe artichoke leaves will get your body back to optimal function. Plus, artichokes are a great source of antioxidants and fiber to stimulate liver function and help the body digest and cleanse those fatty meals.
When you hear detox do you automatically think of lemons? I do, because the fruit is essentially able to single-handedly flush out all the bad stuff. Chalked full of vitamin C, a slice of lemon in your morning tea or glass of water will brighten your skin, improve immunity, and help ward off disease-forming free-radicals.
Similar to rhubarb, watercress is a natural diuretic, which naturally eliminates toxins from the body. However, watercress is much easier to incorporate into salads, sandwiches, casseroles, and stews. The vitamin-rich leaves of this vegetable are packed with B vitamins, zinc, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C to boost immune health.
Ground flaxseeds are the ideal detox food. These fiber-rich seeds work to bind and flush out toxins from the intestinal tract while coating the intestinal walls with healthy omega 3 fatty oils. Mix ground flaxseeds into your cereal or fruit smoothie.
Your doctor was right! An “apple a day” really does the body good. Packed with essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, beneficial phytochemicals, terpenoids, and a particular flavonoid called Phlorizidin, that daily apple encourages bile production, helping the liver gets rid of those nasty toxins like metals, food additives, and pesticide residues.
If your digestive tract is out of whack add some ginger to your diet in a stir fry or steep a few slices as a tea. Ginger curbs nausea, encourages digestion, soothes bloating and gas pain, and strengthens immunity all in one root.
You’ve no doubt heard many celebrities tout their success with one cabbage diet or another? It doesn’t matter if Beyonce is noshing on cabbage soup or cabbage smoothies, cabbage is an excellent detoxifying food that can help with weight loss. How? This cruciferous vegetable contains two things: sulforaphane, a chemical that elminates toxins; and glutathione, an antioxidant that promotes liver detox.
The pungent bulb is already beneficial for so much. Now you can add garlic to the list of best detoxifiers as well. Garlic is naturally antiviral, antibacterial, and antibiotic because it contains allicin, a compound that increases white blood cell to fight toxins and free radicals. Best eaten raw (and alone) you can add fresh garlic to a sandwich, soup, stew, or salad.
Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries—they have some common denominators other than just being sweet and succulent. Fresh berries are extremely high in a collection of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber—while remaining extremely low in calories. So boost your berry intake if you want to improve digestion, make your skin and hair brighter, and regulate your bowel movements.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from nutritious, organically grown apples and retains many beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized. ACV undergoes two fermentation processes where it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make apple cider vinegar the powerhouse it is. Just 2 TBSP a day is all you need, but feel free to go nuts with this one! The list of benefits deserve an entire blog of it’s own, stay tuned! *Note, be sure to buy Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother”. I recommend Bragg’s organic raw apple cider vinegar.