Ever feel like your body just needs a good, clean detox?! Maybe after a weekend of extreme partying or an indulgent vacation? I’ve been there. Many times. But hey–it’s all about balance, right? You’re going to love some of these naturally detoxifying foods that you can add to just about anything!
The truth is, most of us go in and out of “healthy” phases, whether it be days, weeks or years at a time. If this is you, let me tell you something: yo-yoing is NOT the way to lasting health and happiness. What will help you become a healthier (and happier) person is regularly incorporating some good habits (like eating a vegetable) even when you’re not on your A game.
Back to detoxing…
Every day (sometimes without even knowing it) you ingest toxins through the foods you eat, the air and your skin. It’s an inevitable byproduct of the world we live in, especially with the influx of processed foods in our culture!
The good news: your body is a super intelligent organism with many detoxifying functions that happen automatically, like elimination and sweating. However, sometimes these aren’t enough. This can largely depend on your diet and lifestyle!
Toxic buildup in the body is an underlying cause for cancer and other chronic diseases, many of which are lifestyle-related and therefore preventable. If you are predisposed to this through genetics, it’s especially important that you eat a healthy diet and maintain good lifestyle habits as a preventable measure. But really, no matter who you are, taking preventable measures exponentially decreases your chances of cancer, diabetes and chronic disease!
So, how can you moderate your lifestyle and the foods you love to promote better health and purge your body of toxic buildup? Incorporating some of the following naturally detoxifying foods into your diet is a great place to start! I’ll tell you why:
- Lemons. In addition to their alkalizing properties and powerful electrolyte benefits, lemons are a natural liver antiseptic. The vitamins and minerals in lemons loosen unwanted toxins in your digestive tract; also, the citric acid maximizes enzyme function and stimulates detoxification in the liver (your liver is a major detox organ). Plus, you’ll love what lemons do for your complexion!
- Cilantro. It’s one of the only known foods to cleanse the body of heavy metals (arsenic, aluminum, lead, mercury, etc.)! Cilantro helps to bind these toxic metals together and loosen them from your tissue, as well as facilitates their elimination from your body.
- Garlic. This superfood is a potent blood astringent and contains close to 40 anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-viral agents (!)–make sure to add this anti-microbial wonder to the next thing you eat! Garlic also supports the manufacturing of the enzyme glutathione, which is crucial for liver detoxification.
- Ginger. This spicy and sweet root stimulates digestion, circulation and sweating. Your skin is your largest detoxifying organ (yes, your skin is an organ), which is why a poor diet makes you more susceptible to acne. In your digestive tract, ginger helps eliminate the buildup of waste in your colon, which is why it’s so popular for cleanses.
- Dandelion greens. Dandelions are considered a weed, but in the earth, they help purge the soil of toxins. Perhaps it’s why they grow so rampantly! Dandelion greens are high in antioxidants vitamin-C and Luteolin, help maintain the proper flow of bile in the liver and stimulate digestion. They are also a natural diuretic that aids in eliminating deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and urinary tract.
- Coconut oil. It’s a strong, anti-microbial superfood that contains lauric acid, which combats candida in the stomach and digestive tract. Candida is an overgrowth of sugar bacteria and yeast, which contributes to a slew of digestive complications and other unwanted side effects. Coconut oil will strengthen your gut health by improving your body’s absorption of calcium, magnesium and fat-soluble vitamins (all necessary for healthy digestion)!
Most of these foods can be added to the things you’re already eating. Try adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your morning smoothie, squeeze lemon juice into your water bottle or top your favorite taco with a handful of cilantro! It’s that easy, AND, in addition to the detoxification and digestive benefits, these foods will alleviate some of your unhealthy cravings.
Remember that good health isn’t an all or nothing practice. It’s about upgrading your choices–doing the best you can with your circumstances, finding balance and moderation in the things you do and consume on a regular basis and integrating some healthy habits into your life daily, even if you can’t do it all. Incorporating healthy, detoxifying foods into your regular routine will eventually become habit, and before you know it, you’ll be craving more. Your body will thank you!