Over the holidays, we tend to overindulge in foods that make us feel less-than-awesome. Inflammatory sugars, alcohol, fried food and heavy portions can drag us down and create that feeling of needing to take a scrub brush to our insides.
This time of year, we hear a lot about cleanses, detoxes and flushes. The truth is that our bodies possess all of the cleansing organs we need to keep our bodies working well and feeling great. The key to the “clean” feeling is supporting those organs, so they work at peak performance. Specifically, we want to support the liver and the gut.
The liver is our key detoxification organ. It filters toxins out of our bodies and manages what goes into our bloodstream and what is eliminated as waste.
Cleansing is incomplete without elimination. A healthy bowel movement is essential to a body that feels clean and works well, so supporting the gut is imperative. We need three elements for a healthy bowel movement: Water, fiber, and healthy fats. We discuss five foods below, but keep in mind that a clean diet should be varied, should include lots of colorful veggies, and lots of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, eggs, and fish.
Lemons are our number one alkalizing food, which helps restore our bodies to a fighting state [i].
Adding lemon to your filtered water promotes drinking more water, which is our first defense against inflammation and poor health. Additionally, lemons offer powerful antioxidant glutathione to promote liver detoxification.
Seaweed is not consumed nearly as much as it should be. Accessible options include spirulina powder, nori, and kelp seasoning. Seaweed helps to bind heavy metals and detoxify the body by supporting their elimination. Seaweed is a great natural source of sodium to restore electrolytes and is very high in minerals like iron and iodine which can be difficult to obtain from the diet.
Raspberries are among the most perfect foods in the world. At 5 grams of sugar and 8 grams of fiber per cup, they are a healthy and low-glycemic snack option. They are powerhouses of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in red, purple and blue produce.
Kale has been a go-to superfood for a couple of years now and for good reason. It is another antioxidant workhorse, full of vitamins A and C. Kale is an alkalizing, fibrous cruciferous vegetable, hailed for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antibacterial properties [ii].
Garlic is one of the oldest healing tools we have access to. It helps to get rid of harmful bacteria from the intestines and is used as an all-natural antibiotic. It is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps to clear the body of mucus build up. Add fresh garlic to meals or do a shot of fresh garlic juice to support the top function of all elimination and immune support organs.
May 2017 be a year of clean living, pure joy, and excellent health. Enjoy, and be well!
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