Detoxing Is Good For Your Body, But I Never Knew You Could Do It Simply By Eating THIS...
LifeAspire Staff 7/22/2016
Eating these foods will help detox the body naturally.
Detox By Eating
In the race of detoxes out there, the liquids have definitely won over the solids given the plethora of juice brands, juice cleanses, and juice machines in the market. While, there is nothing wrong with drinking ones nutrients, read on if you fancy the idea of eating food in it's actual form all the while giving your kidneys and liver a boost in detoxification efforts.
These seven natural foods are nothing new. In fact they are easy to find, cheap, and versatile to include in any meal. Paired with plenty of water throughout the day, they can be just as effective as any expensive juice cleanse out there. Best of all, there is no need to wait till you have overindulged to start using this detox.
While many of us push it aside as a garnish, parsley is a potent herb which deserves to be more than just eye candy on the plate. It is a rich source of Vitamins A, C, K, and folic acid all of which boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and zap free radicals. The volatile oils and flavonoids in parsley are also a good source of antioxidants which can prevent oxygen based damage to our cells. Salads, soups, and pesto all provide an easy way to include parsley in our diet. But especially for middle eastern food lovers, this amazing recipe for tabouli (or tabbouleh) is worth the time and effort.
It might not win any dates but garlic's sulphur containing compounds (which give it the pungent smell) are legendary in the anti inflammatory department along with being responsible for lowering cholesterol, lowering blood triglycerides, and fighting cancer. Early research is also showing that garlic in the diet can help regulate the formation of fat cells. A quick tip to get its maximum benefit is to chop and let it sit for a few minutes before cooking; this will keep the sulphur compounds from disintegrating during the cooking and heating process. This Spanish Pan Con Tomate might be the easiest and tastiest way to get the garlic in your diet.
Why the poor lemon got stuck with an idiom that makes it seem like a loser, no one will ever know. In the detox diet book however, lemon is a total winner. Lemon juice is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, digestive aid, and liver cleanser. The Vitamin C and citric acid also boost the immune system like no other and keep inflammation at bay. A slice or squeeze of lemon juice in your glass of water is easy and effective, but for a more flavor punch try making your own preserved lemon or a lemon vinaigrette to add flavor and good detox juju to your food.
Beets with their brilliant colors are high in nitrates and antioxidants. Our body converts the nitrates into nitric oxide helping regulate blood flow and blood pressure, while the antioxidants work double duty by not only helping the liver process the toxins but also keeping them from getting reabsorbed. A popular way to eat beets is layered with goat cheese. But keeping in mind that this is a detox after all, roasting the beets for a salad might be the easiest. And if you are looking for more ideas, here are four great methods to cook beets from the homemaking queen, Martha Stewart.
Ginger root is excellent at eliminating gas and for soothing and relaxing the intestinal tract. It is also anti-inflammatory and the best cure for nausea from motion sickness or pregnancy even. This aromatic and spicy root is a staple in many asian cousins like stir-fries and curries. Nothing goes better with sushi than the pale pink ribbons of shaved pickled ginger.
Coffee addicts have an incentive to instead grab that hot cup of green tea. Loaded with polyphenols and antioxidant called catechins, green tea can help in boosting metabolism, adding digestion, and reducing cell damage. It is a natural diuretic and helps reduce bloating too.
Fennel, most likely the least commonly used food on this list, is rich in Vitamin C, fiber, and folate. It helps reduce bloating and cramping while acting as an excellent anti-inflamatory agent in the body. The best and the easiest way to enjoy fennel is in a raw salad (perhaps add that lemon vinaigrette mentioned above for a double boost). If you are intimidated with how to prepare it, Melissa Clark of the New York Times has it all figured out.
Check out Melissa's video on how to cut up fennel below:
Simple Natural Foods For Clean Living
So the next time you happen to find yourself needing a fresh start to get back on the healthy eating wagon, give these seven natural foods a go. They are a reminder that sometimes the simplest things can be the most effective. Hopefully they also help you detox any guilt of overindulgence because let's admit it, a life full of friends and occasions worth celebrating is nothing to complain about.