6 Foods to Detox Body and Mind
This summer season is full of opportunities to spend time with friends and family. In taking advantage of these opportunities most of us have been spending less time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals and more time eating out or grabbing a quick bite here or there along our travels. If you are looking to reset a bit (like we are) here is a list of body cleansing super foods that taste great and nourish the body and mind.
AVOCADO Antioxidant and fiber-rich this superfood is #1 on our detox list. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. They are loaded with healthy fatty acids and nutrients like Vitamin K and Folate. They make a perfect mid-day snack or can be added to your favorite salad. Healthy fats are also know to boost to mood and leave the body feeling satiated.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES Cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale, contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are essential to vitality and health. These vegetables also reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress arises when your body does not have enough antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. These antioxidant rich veggies also contain a compound called diindolylmethane, which helps keep hormones in balance.
MATCHA GREEN TEA Matcha Green Tea is premium quality powdered green tea. As always we suggest finding an organic source for this ingredient. Packed full of antioxidants green tea offers a great energy boost with clean caffeine. It also contains an antioxidant called catechins which are known to increase liver function. Green tea is also known to enhance focus and mental clarity. BEETS Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable packed with iron, calcium, betaine, B vitamins. These nutrients are known to have powerful cleansing and detoxifying effects on the liver. This is so important since the liver is our main defense against environmental toxins. Betaine is also known as a mood enhancer. Beets can be juiced, blended into a smoothie, roasted or baked.
CITRUS Citrus fruits, like lemon and grapefruit, are low on the glycemic index and are packed with super detoxifying Vitamin C. They naturally help the body flush out toxins and awaken the digestive tract. Lemon and grapefruit also support healthy liver function. Citrus is enzyme rich which assists in the breaking down of fats. Citrus aromas are known to be uplifting and invigorating. This makes sipping from a glass of lemon water good for the body and mind.
TURMERIC Turmeric is from the ginger family. In India it has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It known as one of the most powerful herbs to benefit the mind and body. Turmeric is widely recognized for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and anti-oxidative properties. It contains lipopolysaccharide, which helps enhance the body’s immune system. It also contains curcumin, an active phytochemical component that protects again oxidative stress and is said to balance neurotransmitters in the brain! This handy spice is delicious and can be added to any number of tasty dishes.
Keep the system feeling lively and well nourished with these super food essentials! Let us know your favorite way to detox this summer!