Cleansing your system is a lot like cleaning out your fridge. Out with the old and in with the new. When cleaning out a fridge, after the initial purging session is over, it’s time to restock with new and fresh ingredients. Very similarly when cleansing your body, it’s time to restock your system with vital nutrients found in delicious foods. With everyone’s hectic and busy schedules refueling the body with necessary nutrition is often neglected, here are the top 5 best cleansing foods that are quick to use, easily absorbable by your body and nutritionally jam-packed!
The first of the great cleansing foods is the beet.
Beets have vibrant pigments called betalains, which offer tons of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support to your body. Betalains are responsible for the elimination of toxins out of the body; which makes them one of the best cleansing foods for your system. Peel them into pasta noodles, grate them on top of salads or thinly slice and bake into chips.
And then there was kale.
Kale is the new ‘it’ super vegetable and it’s for good reason – it has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties and can help lower cholesterol. The sulfur in kale is what really makes it a detox star by supporting your body’s cellular detox process. For some, this is a daunting veggie but fear no more – steam it, tear it up and devour in salads, throw it into a smoothie or bake it into a kale chip.
When life gives you lemons…
… use them, because these bad boys are cleansing machines! Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which combats free radicals and prevents healthy cells from being damaged. They stimulate digestive juices and convert toxins into a form that is easily eliminated out of the body. A little lemon goes a long way, so squeeze some in your morning water, use it in dressings, marinades or sauces for some extra acidity and kick.
Garlic is your new best friend.
It's a miracle food that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and cancer protective properties – so it can fight and prevent infections in the body. Most importantly, garlic helps cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. Chop garlic up and throw it in dressings, marinades and sauces and to get the most of its health benefits, let it sit for 5 minutes after chopping.
Pass the parsley please.
Parsley is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid which all protect your blood cells and prevent damage in the body. A single bunch has a diuretic effect, which cleanses the kidneys and helps flush waste out of the body. Use it as a delicious herb in salads, in dressings, or in a pesto over chicken and fish.
Now let’s put it all together in one, big cleansing dish. Clean your system fast with this quick and easy Colourful Cleansing Salad recipe.
Tamara Green is Chief Nutritionist and Natural Cook with The Living Kitchen Wellness Group in Toronto.
by Tamara Green