I am sure we have all read about the benefits of detoxing, yet the very word can often conjure up starvation, headaches, breakouts, fatigue and nausea. In fact, whilst the end result is obviously worth it, it can often leave you wondering if you are up for the actual process!
For those of us who are a little faint hearted and not ready to go for the full monty, how about introducing foods into your diet on a daily basis that may naturally detox your system?
Fruit – Ensure you eat plenty of fruit including oranges, watermelon and bananas. On the whole, fruit has a high water content which will ultimately assist with flushing toxins from your system. Obviously you are also getting all the vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and fiber that a serving of fruit can deliver.
Leafy Vegetables – Leafy green vegetables such as chard, spinach, kale, bok choy and arugula are another great detoxifying food. The chlorophyll in these vegetables can assist in the removal of toxins such as herbicides, pesticides, and toxic metals.
Garlic – There are so many health benefits of garlic, one being that it will stimulate your liver into overdrive, which in turn will assist in the elimination of toxins from your system. Add it to as many dishes as you can, cooked or raw.
Citrus fruit – Citrus fruit such as lemons, limes and oranges are filled with water and have amazing “flushing” benefits. Drinking citrus infused water throughout the day and starting the morning with warm water and lemon will also give your digestive system a huge boost.
Raw vegetables – Whether you need to eat your vegetables raw, cooked or juiced, add as many to your diet as you possibly can. Raw vegetables in juice form is a wonderful and easy way to consume a lot of vegetables easily which will help your liver function to remove toxins more quickly.
Nuts and seeds – Eat a handful of raw nuts and seeds every day or better still add them to your salads and snacks.
Eggs – Believe it or not because eggs are a protein rich food they have a high content of sulfur. Sulfur improves liver function so is therefore a wonderful detoxifier.