Can a pricey liquid detox diet truly help you eliminate harmful substances from your body? Many nutritionists say no.Besides, your intestines, kidneys, and liver are already hard at work on the task! Why not use nutritious foods to promote the health of your organs and improve their ability to rid your body of harmful toxins and waste?
Here's a meal-by-meal plan for adding some top contenders for the best boost into your diet!
Citrus Fruits: Eat these irresistible, juicy foods to get your daily intake or more of vitamin C and assist the metabolism of all of your cells. The high antioxidant quality of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and tangelos, (a cross between tangerines and grapefruit) can aid in the production of glutathione, an essential compound for detoxification in the liver. Have a small glass of grapefruit juice or add freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice to a glass of water to help stimulate the liver.
Oats: The soluble fiber in this breakfast favorite will slow the rate of absorption of food, promote healthy gut functioning and beneficial bacteria, and stimulate the excretion of bile by the liver. Oats help decrease the amount of bile that is reabsorbed by the intestines, aiding your body in eliminating the toxic waste and improving the development of short-chain fatty acids, which also help with digestion and elimination.
Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage: In addition to promoting regular bowel movements to remove toxins and waste, these high fiber cruciferous veggies contain high concentrations of the phytochemical sulforaphane, which has been discovered to be an active ingredient in stimulating enzymes which guard against tumors. Factor in the fact that just one cup of shredded cabbage packs a powerful punch of vitamin C and you'll want more of this good health defender as part of your daily diet. For even more nutritional value, try a cabbage and carrot slaw or add kimchi (a fermented food), cabbage soup or sauerkraut to activate liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins.
Artichokes & Asparagus: These two green foods help promote the formation of good bacteria in the gut. This is due to a high concentration of the prebiotic inulin, which promotes immunity before the liver metabolizes the foods you eat, thereby decreasing the burden on the liver for detoxifying.
Greek Yogurt: A powerhouse of beneficial bacteria, yogurt aids your body in processing and passing waste. Read the product labels and you will discover the difference in the ratio of carbs and protein between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt. The higher protein content in the Greek yogurt can be blood sugar stabilizing.
Leafy Green Vegetables: Raw, cooked or juiced, chlorophyll-rich leafy green vegetables help remove environmental toxins from the blood stream. These foods offer a liver-protecting mechanism with their ability to neutralize heavy metals, pesticides and chemicals. To increase the creation and flow of bile for removing waste from the blood and organs, try salads featuring a variety of greens including arugula, dandelion, spinach, mustard, and chicory.
Green Tea: Full of antioxidants which are known to assist liver function, it's easy to see why afternoon tea makes sense both nutritionally and as a relaxing break in the day.
Lentils: These legumes are an inexpensive and satisfying substitute for meat. Insoluble fiber found in lentils helps move food through the digestive tract while immune-boosting zinc aids with metabolic processes in all of your organs.
Sweet Potatoes: The rich color of the sweet potato reveals its high beta carotene content, a dietary defense against some cancers, particularly lung cancer. The B vitamins (B6, B12 and folate) found in high concentrations in sweet potatoes help the body's breakdown processes for good digestion, cell health and metabolism.
Alternative Grains: Try quinoa, millet or buckwheat to avoid grains which contain gluten and cause your liver to work harder to filter the toxins they may contain.
You are eating every day, don't miss the opportunity to choose delicious and nutritious foods that help, rather than harm, and naturally rid your body of harmful toxins and waste.
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Author: Lynn A. Trombett