We put out bodies through in awful lot as we go through life. Exposure to toxins in our environment, stress and a diet filled with too many processed foods can wreak havoc in the long run on our overall health and well being. We only have one body, we have to take care of it! Which means that sometimes we need to reset it, give it a break so we can begin to heal up and get back to our most vibrant and vivacious selves.
The good news is, the plant world is chalk full of foods that help to not only cleanse our system of toxins by promote long term health too. Sure these foods are high in vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber but they also contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to promote cell and organ health. Oh, and did we mention that they’re delicious as well?
If you’re feeling sluggish and run down or just want to kick up your nutrient profile (don’t we all?), these recipes will help to keep your body alkaline, your digestive system moving and your step extra springy. Who doesn’t love that?
This smoothie contains green leafies, which support liver function, as well as grapefruit and all of its wonderful limonoids. What’s a limonoid you ask? Oh, just a phytonutrient that helps to inhibit tumor formation by promoting the body’s natural detoxification system.
Dandelion greens are know as one of the best greens for detoxing (which is saying something because most greens do the job quite nicely) and is a rich source of calcium, magnesium and chlorophyl.
Both beetroot and beet greens are very powerful cleansers and builders of the blood. Betacyanin is the phytochemical in beet that gives it its rich ‘amethyst’ color that significantly reduces homocysteine levels.
The natural fermentation process of miso creates healthy bacteria, which help to maintain balance in our digestive tract. In fact, there could be up to 160 different probiotic strains rocking out in this food. Yogurt, who?
Antibacterial and anti-inflammitory in nature, this spice has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries in order to reduce everything from headaches to arthritis as well as restore digestive health.
Studies show ginger increases circulation and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as protects nerves, lowers blood fat levels, and may even reduce protein levels in urine. That’s a lot of action for one zippy root!
A staple in Indian cuisine, mung beans are not only delicious sources of protein but they also cleanse the heart and vascular system, reduce toxicity and are great for the liver, gall bladder.
Greens are not just vitamin and antioxidant powerhouses, they’re also highly alkaline, which is important when you’re trying to bring your body back to a healthy, happy state. Too much acid in the system (often caused by diets high in alcohol and animal protein) can cause inflammatory, immune, digestive and reproductive issues.
So what’s the dill-y-o with dill? Aside from its antibacterial properties, iron, calcium and vitamin A content and its ability to settle the stomach this baby may also help neutralize carcinogens. Just be sure to eat it in its raw state, cooking dill will zap all of these benefits right out of this fragile herb.
When it comes to detoxing your system, cranberries work double duty. Not only do they promote Phase 1 detoxification in the liver, they also kill harmful stomach bacteria that can lead to ulcers and other stomach disorders.
In order to keep the engine cleansed of gunky things like free-radicals, a heaping helping of antioxidants are in order. You need look no further than artichokes, or more specifically artichoke hearts, as they have more antioxidant density than any other fruit or vegetable per serving!
You’re not going to do much better for your body when it comes to cleansing and detoxing than spirulina. Not only is it a complete protein and great source of vitamin B12, it also helps balance acidity, regulates the thyroid and cleanses the digestive tract. Talk about a superfood!
All the benefits of green juice with the feeling of a dessert? Yes, please! Like the juice, this sorbet will help keep you alkaline and, like we always say, if you’re alkaline, you’re feelin’ fine!
Filled with carotenoids, carrots help to boost the body’s immune response as well as promote detoxification and rejuvenation of cells.
Easy to digest and yummy to eat, fennel has actually been found to move carcinogens from the digestive tract and is anti-inflammatory in nature too.
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