Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Top 10 Foods for Detoxing

Detoxification can be done in various ways: consuming specially formulated juices advertised so enthusiastically; following a strict diet that deprives you of virtually all those foods that you are crazy about; or consuming some natural foods that are known for their detoxing abilities. Here is a list of the top 10 detoxing foods that can be considered gifts of nature to modern (hu)man.

1. Beetroot is full of nutrients, especially iron, and at the same time, assists our liver and gall bladder to break down toxins.

2. Lemon is full of vitamin C that helps convert toxins into a water soluble form that is easily eliminated from the body. Lemon also purifies the blood.

3. Apples stimulate bile production, which the liver uses to break toxins. Pectin found in apples is helpful in removing heavy metals and food additives.

4. Green vegetables: all green veggies have chlorophyll in them that rids the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides. Besides aiding in detox, greens increase oxygen content in blood, and purifies it.

5. Garlic: has exceptional antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Garlic helps stimulate the liver to produce enzymes that assist in detoxification. 

6. Sea vegetables: sea veggies have huge amounts of antioxidants. They also have alginic acid that absorbs toxins from the digestive tract.

7. Broccoli sprouts: have phytochemicals that aid in the detox process. They are also high in antioxidants.

8. Green tea: the good old green tea is already quite famous for its antioxidant properties. Catechins, a type of antioxidant found in green tea, improves the functioning of the liver, and thus aids in detoxification.

9. Artichokes: they increase bile production and protect the liver.

10. Cilantro/coriander: cilantro is very effective in removing heavy metals from the blood. Phytochemicals found in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals in blood and loosen them from the tissue and organs, thereby assisting in eliminating these heavy metals.

Include all or some of these magic foods and ensure good health for you and your family.