Detox and cleanse your body with these 8 superfoods
If you haven't started a detox diet after all these holidays, well now is the best time. In normal conditions, our body is capable to cleanse itself without any help from us, but when we add high levels of stress, lack of exercise, and lots of unhealthy foods, our body definitely needs a detox diet.
A detox diet will help our body to eliminate cravings and toxins, wake up the digestive system, and why not, prepare it for a new healthier way of eating. Beside these, choosing to cleanse our organism can reduce the incidence of developing different health problems such as, chronic fatigue, low immunity, allergies, headaches etc.
Here are the best foods that you should include in your diet for a fresh and healthy start.
Like all citrus fruits, lemons are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and only one lemon contains 90% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C.
This fruit provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and glutathione, a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage and is also essential for liver pathway cleansing.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable which is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that having a diet rich in cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of certain cancers. Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.
Collard greens increase bile acid binding, which makes it easier for bile to bind to large lipid molecules and pull them apart. Bile acid binding helps to keep "bad" cholesterol under control.
Dill is an annual herb which is rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory substances. Dill also helps the activation of glutathione, a liver antioxidant that attaches to free radical molecules and disarms them.
The famous green tea is richer in antioxidants than white, black, and oolong teas. The caffeine in green tea also gives this energizing drink a diuretic effect, which helps to reduce bloating by counteracting water retention.
Onion and garlic
Onion and garlic also contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver's strongest antioxidants. These vegetables have powerful antibacterial and immune-boosting properties.
Blueberries have the power of boosting our body’s ability to regenerate from inflammation. They also nourish all of ours body systems, and give us a whopping 32% daily value of vitamin K, which is essential for our blood, bones, hormones, and heart health.
In addition to the wonders that all these foods will do for our health, another best thing is that all of them are very versatile and you can create hundreds of recipes where even the not so tasty ones will become delicious.