We live in a toxic world, and unfortunately for most of us, our organs of elimination just can’t keep up. In order to be optimally healthy we need to help our bodies to cleanse and detoxify, and the following 5 superfoods will do just that, safely and effectively. As an added bonus, consuming these foods regularly will also help you to lose weight, and eliminate pesky belly fat.
Start your morning off with a glass of warm water with the juice from half of a fresh lemon. The combination will help to get your bowels moving, balance you body’s pH, and boost your immune system. Lemons also contain enzymes that help boost your liver function, and aid your liver in flushing out toxins which is beneficial because a toxic liver can lead to inflammation and excess belly fat.
* Lemon juice can erode the enamel on your teeth, so be sure to use a straw and/or rinse you mouth with plain water after drinking.
Artichokes are loaded with antioxidants, insoluble fibre, vitamin C and essential minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium; they are also extremely low in calories and virtually fat free. The fibre helps to fill you up, so you eat less; and it promotes bowel regularity and a gentle cleansing of the digestive tract. Artichokes also contain silymarin which helps to regenerate healthy liver cells, and as eluded to above, a healthy liver is essential for detoxification and weight loss. Try consuming whole artichokes as an appetizer a few times a week, and adding artichoke hearts to salads, stir fries and pasta.
Spices & Herbs
Spices are rich in antioxidants, fiber and an array of nutrients, and virtually fat and calorie free. Consuming a variety of spices regularly can help to reduce inflammation (which is directly linked to obesity), aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, boost your metabolism and increase satiety. Cilantro and parsley are two particularly powerful herbs for detoxification. Some other well-researched spices for boosting health and weight loss include turmeric, oregano, fenugreek, cloves, cumin, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, cayenne, mustard and cardamom.
Probiotic Rich Foods
Restoring the beneficial intestinal flora is essential for cleansing because these good bacteria help eliminate toxins from your food and promote healthy digestion (which is required for proper detoxification). Probiotic rich foods also aid in weight loss by helping to quash the inflammatory fire that contributes to obesity and excess belly fat. Emerging research suggests probiotics may also help fight metabolic syndrome, and reduce overall food intake. Try consuming a range of different probiotics including organic unsweetened yogurt (sweeten with berries if desired), kefir, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kombucha, and fermented veggies such as saurkraut and pickles.
Sea vegetables such as spirulina, wakame and kelp are nutrient powerhouses, containing not only vitamins, minerals and fibre, but also omega-3s and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to oxygenate and purify the blood and also binds to and eliminates heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides in your digestive tract, preventing them from entering your bloodstream and being deposited into your cells. These veggies may also aid in weight loss because they are high in fibre, low in fat, and a potent source of iodine which helps boost thyroid function (an underfunctioning thyroid leads to sluggish metabolism and weight gain).
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