Certain foods can speed up your body’s detoxification process and
boost the health of your liver, the major organ in charge of filtering
impurities. Including at least one of these vegetables or fruits in every
meal is a positive step towards achieving optimum health in body, mind
Artichokes cue your liver to produce more bile. Acidic bile breaks down foods to
let your body absorb more nutrients from each bite. Besides toning up
your liver, the spikey green veggie supplies you with fiber, protein,
magnesium, folate and potassium.
You know that rather aromatic smell your urine gets after you eat
asparagus? That’s an indicator this nutrient-rich stalk is helping your liver
drain toxins from your body, and that’s a good thing. This anti-inflammatory
super-star also helps to tone up your heart, prevent cancer cells from
growing and keeps you looking and feeling younger.
The creamy deliciousness of fresh
avocados delivers both antioxidants and lots of fiber. Good fats in the shiny green
fruit are essential for healthy body and brain function.
Beets are a Rodney Dangerfield vegetable, rarely getting the respect they so
richly deserve. Red, golden or striped, beets are a super food that’s
super rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, niacin, and
vitamins A and C. They also contain folic acid, important in the creation
and upkeep of new cells to speed healing. Add in their immunity boosting,
anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting ability, and they jump to the top
of your “must eat” list.
Besides packing a hefty nutritional punch,
broccoli teams up with your liver enzymes to flush toxins from your body.
cabbage to help lower cholesterol even as its high fiber content is aiding in
your bowel elimination.
Folk wisdom says something is a ‘weed’ until we figure out
what we can do with it. Pick
dandelion root to heal a compromised liver, or keep a healthy one in balance.
garlic packs a one-two punch of helping the liver and boosting the immune system.
Ginger can spice up a detox diet – literally – with both a delicious
flavor boost, and an aid to liver function. It’s particularly effective
in helping to tone a fatty liver caused by too much alcohol, or too many
Grapefruit jump-starts your liver to burn fat more quickly, making it a must for
both detoxing and shedding excess weight.
Raw in a salad or whipped into a veggie smoothie,
kale helps to flush out the kidneys. It also delivers antioxidants, anti-inflammatory
properties and tons of vitamins and minerals.
Kicking off your morning with a squirt of
lemon juice in your pure water is a great way to start your daily detoxification.
We’ve talked before about the importance of staying properly hydrated,
but it bears repeating – pure
water is essential for flushing toxins from your body.
Tossing fresh organic
watercress into your salad or smoothie is a smart way to help release enzymes in
the liver that detoxify the body.
We saved the best for last –
wheatgrass, of course! It’s your liver’s best friend, and works to alkalize
your entire body. Wheatgrass juice is fantastic for lowering your blood
sugar and resetting your metabolism, too. It’s definitely a key
part of any smart detoxification program.
Come taste the healing power of these fruits and vegetables as part of
a transformative experience for all your senses and your body, mind and
spirit at OHI. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional
and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Call us at (800) 993-4325
to make your reservation.