With summer right around the corner, the word “detox” seems to come up quite often in conversation. We tend to want to spring clean our bodies as we would spring clean our homes this during time of year.
“I need to do a detox.”
“What are your thoughts on this detox?”
“I lost 10 pounds on that detox.”
Generally, most people have an opinion when it comes to detoxing. Some people like them because they “restart their thought process when it comes to food” or a detox helps “rid their bodies of the harsh chemicals, toxins and waste” that enter our systems everyday and other people think even the thought of a detox is completely crazy. Actually in most healthy people, our liver and kidneys detox our bodies all day long, regardless of you declaring “I’m doing a detox right now.” (Also, please remember that everyone and every body is different. Always work closely with your health care provider whenever undergoing a detox.)
Whatever your thought process, did you know there are less extreme ways to naturally help your body “detox?” No detox pills, powders or drinks involved and no starvation either.
Foods To Help Your Body Detox, Naturally
- Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water (before you put anything else in your body). This combination not only acts as a diuretic (stimulates urination) and thus the removal of unwanted toxins, but it also stimulates the liver to produce enzymes that aid in digestion and the removal of these same harmful toxins.
- Cruciferous vegetables. Crucif-what? You ask. Think broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, and kale. These vegetables all contain sulphoraphane, a naturally occurring sulfur-containing compound, that activates detoxification enzymes produced by the liver.
- Purple/blue fruits and vegetables like berries, grapes, beets, red onions, and cranberries. Each of these contain anthocyanidins which can help protect the body from harmful chemicals. I’ll share a tasty way to give beets a try next week – for all of you “beet haters.”
- Dandelion greens or tea. Dandelion helps stimulate the liver as well as acts as a natural diuretic.
- Fiber from all fruits and vegetables. Fiber can help trap and remove toxins found within our bodies.
Have you ever given any of these old natural remedies a try? If so, I’d love to hear!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m on the road with the hub for a few days. We’re off to Whole Foods for some delicious lunch! Can’t wait!