8 Top Foods to Help Detox Your Body
We all over-indulge on rich foods and alcohol at certain times, Christmas being one of those occasions when we treat ourselves.
However, this can leave us feeling tired, sluggish and our waistbands a bit snugger than we’d like. While our liver and kidneys do a very efficient job filtering out impurities and toxins, we can also eat foods that will help in the cleansing process.
Here are eight top food items to help you rejuvenate in January.
Not a food as such, but your best weapon in helping you cleanse and re-energise your system. We should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day for optimum health. I know it sounds a lot, but if you space them out through the day, you soon get into the habit of rehydrating regularly. You might find it easier to keep a water bottle with you; or fill a 1.5 or 2 litre bottle at the beginning of the day, and make sure you finish it.
The juice in lemons contain citric acid, an alkaline substance that regulates the digestive system and assists in cleansing the colon. We do not recommend drinking lemon juice straight but adding lemon juice to a cup of hot water first thing in the mornings is a great way to kick-start your digestion and get your day off to a positive start.
Not just for making cranberry sauce. Cranberries are high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and have unique properties that help to fight Helicobacter pylori: A form of stomach bacteria which can cause digestive problems, allergies and yeast infections. If you find yourself suffering from a urinary infection, flush it out by drinking plenty of pure unsweetened cranberry juice.
Not the kind that’s swimming in vinegar in a jar, the raw kind. Beetroot may look a little intimidating due to its strong colour, but it has a delightfully earthy, sweet taste; and a satisfying crunch. Beetroot is an ideal detox food because it is high in fibre (great for digestion) and full of vitamins B3, B6, C and minerals magnesium, zinc and iron. Beetroot also helps the liver and gall bladder to break down toxins.
5. Green veg
You can never go wrong with greens and they are essential when it comes to ‘clean eating’. High in fibre, they help to keep you regular, and are full of immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Add a green salad to your dinner for a regular dose of the ‘good stuff’.
This pungent vegetable might be a bit overpowering for some people but including it in your diet will make a huge difference. Garlic contains strong antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It stimulates the liver to produce enzymes that help to filter toxins from the digestive system. Eat garlic regularly and you will ward off the winter bugs, colds and flu.
We don’t just mean your daily dose of Lyons or Barry’s, although these are good too. Green tea, white tea and other varieties contain high levels of catechins which help to maximise liver function. Tea also helps with hydration, so why not become a tea aficionado?
Highly prized in ancient China for its medicinal properties, ginger is probably best known for helping with nausea and morning sickness. Ginger has a calming effect on the digestive system so if your stomach is upset due to over-indulgence, add some to your daily diet to redress the balance. Ginger also helps to ward off colds.
As well as including these foods in your diet; try to avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar as much as possible. Eat plenty of fruit, veg and unprocessed foods for increased energy and better health.