Foods that Detox
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 and spirit.
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.
Count on 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.
Fragrant 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 toxic foods.
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.