Our bodies and minds are connected in a wonderful manner. The way our body feels, plays a huge part in how well our brain functions and whether it experiences a state of well-being. To look and feel well requires keeping our body free of toxins and free radicals. We owe it to our bodies to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The best part is that all you need to do in order to keep your body and mind healthy and refreshed, is maintain a clean diet. When I say ‘clean diet’, I mean eating food that cleanses our system – especially the liver, which is the major filter in our body. Here are 10 detoxifying superfoods that cleanse our body by strengthening our liver:
Green tea is not only the most popular detoxifying superfood but also the most effective one. Hence it tops our list! Due to its high antioxidant value, green tea helps seek out and kill free radicals before they can do any damage to our body. It keeps you refreshed all day long and also has a calming effect on your senses. Here’s a myth busted: green tea can be consumed at any time of the day, so you don’t have to wake up early in the morning and deprive your body of sleep.
Artichokes help the liver function at its best. A good liver means more toxins flushed out and increased production of bile. Since bile helps the body break down foods and absorb its nutrients better, include a serving of artichokes in your diet to keep your liver fit and healthy.
A simple switch from your regular seed-based oil to olive oil will go a long way to help cleanse your body of toxins and bad cholesterol. It has a lot of healthy properties, and makes for a better choice of fat than most of your other options. Just make sure you don’t cook it on high heat as it may lose some of its nutritional value.
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Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian kitchens and also as an Ayurvedic medicine for many thousands of years. This anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory spice makes for the perfect addition to a glass of warm milk, that helps detoxify your body and strengthen the immune system.
Citrus fruits like lemons, lime and grapefruit, are known for their detoxifying properties. These fibre and nutrient-rich fruits give your system a nice ‘rinse’ and help the body flush out toxins and free radicals, apart from providing us with energy.
Ginger: Ginger root has been used as a medicinal herb in ancient Chinese and Indian civilizations. It has cleansing and astringent properties that help the liver do its job well. Oh, and did I mention that it amps up your metabolic rate by 30% making it easier to lose weight faster! Have a cup of ginger and lemon grass tree every morning and feel the difference right from the first sip.
Cabbage: No we’re not asking you to take the cabbage soup detox diet. We know it’s not exactly a treat to the tongue. But the fact remains that cabbages are lower in bad cholesterol than most other vegetables and hence they help your liver to a great extent. Cabbages also improve your digestive system.
Yes, you heard me! Broccoli has to make its way to any and every health food list. But that’s only because it packs a nutritional punch in a mini tree-shaped vegetable! The best way to eat broccoli is cold and raw.
Your occasional Greek salad topped with slivers of beetroot isn’t going to help detoxify your body. Try to include this fibrous superfood in your daily diet. You can stir up a salad of boiled beetroot and corn, or make a beetroot smoothie with a dash of lemon juice.
Avocados are high on their fibre and antioxidant count, and hence this superfood makes its way to our detox foods list. But don’t go for the fat-infused guacamole that your favourite fast food restaurant offers. Instead, opt for an organic avocado salad to get your dose of healthy cholesterol and fibre.