Who doesn’t crave a big serving of mac and cheese, potato chips or even ice cream on a day when you aren’t feeling like yourself? We have all been there and done that. Those high-calorie, high-fat foods, however, are not necessarily the best for you and can lead to you feeling sluggish later. The following three foods are nutrient-rich and a great way to naturally detox. Look for them the next time you are in your local supermarket to give your body the much-needed boost of nutrients it deserves.
Did you know that ginger has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant? No wonder ginger is often one of the first ingredients found in cleansing recipes and supplements! The root aids with digestion increase circulation, and promotes sweating – all of which are the body’s main avenues of detoxification. Try ginger in hot tea, Asian-inspired dishes, and soup.
No surprise here – leafy greens are one of the best foods out there for natural detoxification. That’s because they are rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B, K, C, and E. Many of these nutrients are involved in the detoxification process. Leafy greens are also full of fiber, which helps to detoxify your gastrointestinal tract. Spinach, kale, alfalfa leaf, and parsley are especially favored, so find ways to incorporate those into your salads, sandwiches, and smoothies as much as possible.
You’ve heard the old saying, but it’s true: an apple a day might keep the doctor away! Apples provide detoxification support for your liver, thanks to the pectin and malic acid in apples. We’ll save you the chemical facts, but just know that pectin helps remove cholesterol and toxins from the blood, while malic acid acts as a blood cleanser. Enjoy apples in salads, breakfast dishes, on their own, or slathered with peanut butter!
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