As we approach winter and the holiday season, our bodies start to ask for more calories. If you want to keep your body healthy and give your system a rest and a boost of nutrients, you need to detox. A detox or cleanse can be done in a few different ways.
Some people detox once a week, usually Sundays. Others do a cleanse of a few days, once a month. A third approach is to include foods that help your body wash on a daily basis. This way, you accumulate fewer toxins and need to cleanse less often.
We researched and found five foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet that will boost your system and help you detox.
PARSLEY AND CORIANDER
Parsley and coriander are packed full of nutrients. They are alkalizing and contain chlorophyll. They also will help your body release all the excess mercury.
If you eat them raw, they will have all of their nutrients, and your system will thank you for it. Alternating between eating them cooked and fresh will make it easier for you not to get bored with it.
Yes, we know that most of us don’t think of water as food. Changing this will help you and your body.
The amount of water that you need to drink depends on what you eat. If you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables that are naturally high in water, you will probably drink less. If you eat a lot of pasta and meat, you will probably need more.
In any case, most of us are usually more dehydrated than we think. Dry lips are the first sign. A headache could mean a more severe level. Drink 3 cups of water in the morning and at least another five during the rest of the day, not necessarily with your meals.
Leafy greens are powerful cleansers. Spinach, kale, celery… They are all ‘musts’ in any good detox. Here is why.
They are alkalizing, helping your body fight harmful bacteria, yeast, and cravings. Leafy greens are a boost for your immune system and also help you snack less!
They also have chlorella, which increases oxygen levels in your blood.
Leafy greens are easy to combine with any salad, cooked, or even in smoothies. Explore and have fun with them. You won’t regret it!
Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C; it is alkalizing and helps you with digestion. It helps clean your liver and reduces bloating. It cleans your intestines as well.
Some people like to eat it raw; others mix it with other food. For most of us, the best option is to mix it with water. It helps you rehydrate and feel less thirsty.
The best thing is to have a cup of water with the juice of half a lemon. If it is too strong for you, get used to adding a slice of lemon or a few drops every time you drink water. You’ll feel great!
Avocados are fresh, tasty, and high in Omega-3. Omega-3 reduces inflammation and also eases digestion. They also are high in potassium and rich in dietary fiber. This will help clean your digestive system while helping you feel full.
They can be added to make a tasty salad, turned into guacamole, or eaten as a snack!