Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Everyday Detoxifying Foods

If the words detox diet, spirulina and wheatgrass juice make you squirm and want to grab the nearest chocolate brownie, I’ve got some good news for you. There are lots of other great foods out there that will help boost your energy levels and cleanse your body at the same time.

And the best news of all is that incorporating these ‘normal’ foods that you can buy from your local grocery store into your regular diet is often better for you than starving yourself with extreme at-home detox regimens. Here are just a few of the most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying foods you can add to your shopping list: Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, goji berries, pineapple, apples, artichokes, avocados, beetroot, seaweed, onions, basil, ginger, cinnamon, fennel and parsley.

Brazil nuts contain good levels of the antioxidant selenium which helps remove heavy metals from the body, while sesame seeds help detox the liver from alcohol and other toxins. Goji berries have high levels of vitamin C and beta carotene. Vitamin C can help remove waste from your body, while beta-carotene improves liver function.
Pineapple contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps cleanse the colon and improve digestion, and everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In fact apples contain good levels of pectin, an insoluble fibre that helps remove toxins from the body.

Artichokes contain silymarin and cynarin to help the liver process toxins and support the liver’s ability to break down fatty foods. Full of insoluble fibre, avocados will help cleanse the colon. Beetroot is a great source of betacyanin, and is a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium to help flush out toxins. Seaweed helps cleanse the body of lead, cadmium and the radioactive chemical strontium. It also contains good levels of iodine, a natural metabolism-booster. Onions are rich in powerful sulphur-containing compounds.

Basil is anti-bacterial and a powerful antioxidant along with ginger that contains antioxidants from the gingerol family which include: zingerone, shogaol and gingerdione. Cinnamon is full of iron, calcium and manganese and is great for processing fatty acids and stabilizing blood sugar levels. Fennel tastes like licorice and is packed with dietary fibre that helps flush out toxins and boost digestion. Parsley is full of beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and K to protect your kidneys and bladder.
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