Spring is here and it’s high time for a cleansing program. After all the comfort foods you’ve consumed last winter, your body deserves a week-long (maybe even a month-long) detoxification.
But don’t fret because you don’t really have to experience the withdrawal symptoms published in many forced detox programs. Gradually, you can ease into the process by choosing to eat any of these six naturally detoxifying foods.
When cleansing, one needs to load up on fiber. Legumes are your best sources of fiber, both insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber is not broken down into sugar molecules.
It remains in its fibrous form but helps food go through your digestive system, so you end up with a healthy waste disposal habit. The latter kind of fiber dissolves in water and benefits the body by optimizing the absorption of food nutrients.
Legumes include beans, peas, and lentils that are rich in amino acid precursors, as well. Your asparagus, which contains glutathione, helps in cleansing your kidneys and preventing water retention.
More than just flowers, dandelions are great detoxifying agents for the liver. The dandelion greens and roots are effective agents for the secretion of gastric juices that digest fats and stimulation of gallbladder and liver bile that excretes the toxins.
Now you know why ancient Chinese and Arabian medicine have relied on dandelions for restorative tonics. Try drinking dandelion tea or eating dandelion greens with your favorite salad.
You will not hear any detox program without lemons in it. Rich in vitamin C, lemons are known as master cleansers. They help detoxify the system by converting toxins into their water-soluble form so they can easily be disposed.
They also boost your immune system so you don’t easily catch colds while your body is under a special diet. You can mix your early morning lemon water with cucumber, loaded with potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
Instead of spending on artificial hydration drinks, go natural with lemon and cucumber hot drink. Hydration is crucial in a detox program, after all.
4. Cilantro and Chlorella
Studies have shown that cilantro effectively removes about 80 to 90% of the heavy metals present in the body within 45 days. Specifically, the chlorella (acting as the absorbing agent) and cilantro (mobilizing, chelating agent) combination gets rid of 91% mercury, 74% aluminum, and 87% lead in the system.
That’s the catch. You don’t just eat too much cilantro alone, lest you end up having heavy metals free-floating in the bloodstream because they aren’t moving and being excreted as fast as they should be with chlorella.
You need more fiber than ever when undergoing a cleansing program. But be selective with your green leafy veggies. Celery is particularly high in fiber and low in calories.
It helps you lose weight and cleanse your colon, which is an integral part of your digestive system where waste products go through final processing and fluids are reabsorbed.
Celery also contains antioxidants that guard you from carcinogenic substances. It further breaks down proteins that often contribute to a sluggish liver, so you have healthier digestion.
6. Sesame Seeds
Easy-to-find sesame seeds are sources of amino acids, tryptophan and methionine, that aid in proper liver and kidney functioning. Sesame seeds also contain the antioxidant called sesamin that removes free radicals which cause cell damage. Sesamin likewise prevents the breakdown of Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant.
Grab your detox superfoods from your local grocer and see which ones work best for you this spring.