Cleansing my body through foods...How and Why!
Jun 5, 2018
Fall is a great time to support your body through a natural cleansing process. As the season changes and nature is riding itself of the old to get ready for the winter months, followed by rejuvenation in the spring, our bodies should be aided through this transition as well. Now is a great time to support your detoxification organs with proper foods that have been proven to support your body and its own natural cleansing process. Eating foods that are supportive of the natural function of the liver, kidneys, and intestinal tract are key ways to help your body rid itself of harmful chemicals or toxic burden on the body and to help your body feel more alive. Some positive side effects that begin to occur as you support your body with the proper foods to cleanse itself are more energy, mental clarity, clearer skin, fat loss, increased efficiency in your work and your fitness levels, just to name a few.
Supporting your body through cleansing does not mean starving yourself. It means to begin eating more foods that support your body through its own detoxification process and to eliminate more foods that get in the way of your body’s natural ability to thrive. Some foods to eliminate would be artificial and processed foods, refined sugars, and red meats.
Here are some of the best foods to begin taking in to help your body detoxify more efficiently on a daily basis:
Garlic helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It also has a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing
Eating or drinking grapefruit juice can help your liver flush out carcinogens and toxins. This fruit is also high in both vitamin C and antioxidant properties.
Beets are high in plant-flavonoids, which can improve the overall functions of your liver.
Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods, and act as a protective mechanism for the liver, Suri says.
Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, which have been known to improve the functions of our liver.
Adding more avocados to your diet can help your body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our livers to filter out harmful materials.
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts also increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies that helps create enzyme production for digestion.
Citrus fruits like lemons are full of vitamin C, but lemons also help our bodies cleanse out toxic materials and aid the digestion process.
Used as a spice, tumeric has been known to help our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile. It can also act as a natural form of detox for your liver.
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support our liver through its cleansing process.
If you would like to discuss this process with me further, please feel free to set up a nutritional consult with me at the FT studio!
Here is a great article on the environmental toxins and the burden it puts on our bodies.