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Monday, 15 February 2016 15:56

Cleansing Foods for Every Day Eating

Cleansing means a lot of things to different people because there are so many different types of cleansing that one can do. There are cleanses where you fast, there are cleanses where you cut out certain foods (dairy or wheat are the usual targets), there are cleanses that require a liquid, pill, or potion. Cleanses can focus on a certain organ, such as the liver. The definition of cleansing really just means to “clean thoroughly” or get “rid of.” It’s a vague term that can be taken to an extreme, and yet, a lot of people seem to love the idea of it.

The thing that seems to get lost in the conversation about cleansing, is the foods which you can and should eat in order to help your body naturally flush toxins out. Being that we love food as much as we do, that’s what we want to focus on in this blog. There are so many delicious ways to help your body detox itself and we’re here to share!

Apples – Not only do apples provide soluble fiber that aids in digestion, they include a specific kind of insoluble fiber called pectin, which helps remove heavy metals and food additives from our bodies.

Tip: Conventional apples are some of the most sprayed produce on the market. This is one fruit we definitely recommend buying organic!

Asparagus – The best way to cleanse your body is to eat foods that help it digest and get rid of toxins by creating waste. Asparagus is a natural diuretic and has been known to treat problems that involve swelling (arthritis, water retention). Asparagus also contains amino acids and minerals that help protect liver cells against toxins.

Recipe: Looking for a new way to enjoy asparagus? Try it in a Raw Asparagus Pesto!

Beets – The bold color of beets are actually an indication of very powerful health benefits. Some of which are the cleansing properties it contains! Beets play a large role in something called phase 2 cleansing, which is when toxins attach themselves to molecules in your body. The combination allows the toxins to pass safely through the body. Therefore, beets are known for cleansing the liver! Additionally, nutrients found in beets aid in detoxifying blood by widening blood vessels and allowing for more oxygen rich blood to pass through them!

Dandelion – Thought of only as a weed, dandelion is an awesome cleansing food. It it’s a mild diuretic, cleaning out your kidneys and digestive tract. More importantly, it helps remove the toxins from your liver (perfect after a celebratory weekend!).

Garlic – This potent and powerful food has so many health properties that we could talk about in this entire blog, but we’ll just stick with one.  Garlic has been proven to remove heavy medals, such as lead, from the body. Studies show that it can reduce headaches and lower blood pressure related to work-related lead poisoning. 

Tip: Exposure to air increases the health benefits of garlic!

Lemon – Similar to beets, lemon is a top blood purifying food. Lemon helps aid in digestion, but also stimulates the liver!

Fun Fact: Lemon is NOT an acidic food when ingested. In fact, it alkalizes your PH balance.

WATER –Drinking water also flushes your body of toxins and proper hydration allows your organs to function at their best, especially the kidneys. Your kidneys need water to do their job of cleansing the body.

Some cleansing foods not mentioned in this blog are leafy greens, cranberries, and papaya. The main thing to consider when you’re “cleansing” is eating whole, unprocessed foods that have no ingredients list. It is these types of foods that provide our bodies with the most nutrients to assist in its natural cleansing process. The point of cleansing is to rid the body of toxins that don’t belong there, and the best way to do that, is avoid eating those toxins in processed foods. 

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