It’s Spring time! The snow is melting and warmer weather is just around the corner…it’s time to prepare for summer. Spring is the perfect time to detox and prepare for a hot wonderful summer. We can do this by eating more foods that support detoxification. This includes:
1. Fruits, especially lemons and the citrus fruits. Fruits contain high quantities of water which help flush out toxins from the body. In addition, they contain fiber which act as an “intestinal broom”. They also contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which support detoxification processes.
2. Cruciferous vegetables; the sulfur rich cruciferous vegetables contain sulforphane which support detoxification processes in the liver. These include broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, bok choy, mustard greens, arugula, etc.
3. Other leafy greens such as spinach, swiss chard, cilantro, parsley, etc. contain a lot of chlorophyll and are packed with nutrients. These vegetables support anti-inflammatory pathways, help reduce blood sugar and are very low in calories.
4. Beans and bean sprouts such as mung bean sprouts are a great detox food, as they are high in protein and nutrients, and can support your detox program. They are easy to digest and are also very anti-inflammatory.
5. Onion and garlic are some of the best detoxing foods out there. They are sulfur containing alium vegetables which help stimulate the liver to produce detoxification enzymes that filter toxic residues from the digestive system. They are also antibiotic and help support germ fighting forces in your body. They also help lower cholesterol and are great herbs to prevent heart disease!
6. Seeds, Nuts and their oils: Omega 3 containing flax seed oil has so many healing properties and research is under way in their role in breast cancer prevention. In addition, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds are all excellent options while you are on a detox program. They contain easily digestible oils and are great sources of protein.
In addition, olive and avocado oils, and hemp seeds oil contains fatty acids that support anti-inflammatory processes and lubricate the intestinal walls enabling toxins to be absorbed by the oil and then eliminated from the body.
7. Raw vegetables including carrots, beets, artichoke, etc. are great when eaten raw and even juiced, as they are loaded with nutrients and fiber that support a detox program.
Here is recipe for a perfect detox salad! Everything in this salad is allowed on a detox program!
Kale Quinoa Detox Salad
4-5 leaves of organic curly kale, washed and dried, stems and spines removed
1 organic raw carrot, washed and grated
1 cup cooked organic quinoa, cooled
½ cup organic currents
1 tbsp. chopped dried organic cranberries
1 tbsp. chopped organic dried apricots
Juice of one organic lemon
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Dash of Himalayan salt
Place cooked quinoa in a serving bowl.
Place leaves of kale in a food processor and pulse until all kale has been chopped finely.
Add chopped kale to the serving bowl with the quinoa and mix thoroughly. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
Garnish with sliced avocado and olives or to your taste, serves 4.