You spring clean your house and your closet, but what about your body? A little spring detox is the perfect way to welcome summer, and recover from any binge eating this past weekend. Not only does flushing the toxins from your body make you feel better, detoxing has beautifying properties as well. Unlike your typical juice cleanse, you don’t actually need to change your entire diet in order to detox. In fact, you can just incorporate a few super foods in each of your meals and you’ll look and feel refreshed in no time!
A general rule of thumb is to always eat your fruits and veggies, but to take your cleanse a step further, the foods above are essential for any detox. Here’s why:
Asparagus is known as an “anti-cancer” food because of its detoxifying properties. It helps break down toxins so they can easily be filtered out of the body. It’s also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber—all essential for our health.
Ginger is a powerful detox food because of its anti-inflammatory, digestive, and immune-boosting properties. You might remember my love of ginger from my 5 Beautifying Drinks post.
Apples are known for their high fiber, which is absorbed slowly in the body. They contain glucaric acid, which is known to help sweep out toxins. Some people actually do detox “apple fasts”—but I prefer to just keep one handy whenever I need a snack!
Avocados contain loads of antioxidants, including glutathione, which protects against carcinogens while aiding the liver in the detox process. Top a salad with a few slices of avocados to reap the benefits.
Cabbage doesn’t seem like a super food, but it actually plays a major role in helping the body break down and filter out toxins. Since it is an anti-inflammatory and vitamin rich, it also helps skin because it can lower cortisol, preventing wrinkles.
Garlic helps cleanse the body of harmful toxins thanks to its ability to fight back against free radicals, and is considered an immune-boosting food. Add it to all sorts of meals to ensure you get the proper dose (and lots of flavor). I’ve heard of people eating raw garlic to fight colds during flu season… Interesting, right?
Spinach has always been touted as a must in any diet. One reason is because it helps your liver break down and expel harmful toxins. It’s also high in vitamins A, C, & B-6, as well as a good source of iron and magnesium.
How do you incorporate detoxifying foods in your diet? Check out my video How to Reduce Bloating for even more detoxifying foods!