If you’ve had a few too many glasses of champagne over the weekend, or pigged out on some chocolates and are looking for a way to detox the body, then listen up. Don’t buy into expensive juice cleanses that require you to stick to a liquid diet, rather clean your body with fresh fruits and vegetables from the pantry instead.
Certain plant based foods will give you enough vitamins and nutrients to detox the body naturally, and avoid living on juices for days on end.
Garlic is right at the top of the list since it’s packed with sulphur which is a very useful mineral to help rid the body of bad toxins. This doesn’t require you to eat it raw to get it’s nutrients (gross!), but add into stir fries and soups for an extra kick. Make sure to cook at a low temperature to really take in the vitamins and minerals.
If you’re suffering from an intense hangover and want to give your body a simple detox, then carrots are the best solution for you. Carrots are rich in glutathione which is a protein that specifically detoxes the liver. Carrot juice, or simply eating it raw will have you feeling brand new, and is full of vitamin C and potassium.
You either love them or you hate them, but beets are a natural way to detox your entire body. They are a high source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which are all essential qualities when detoxing. Add beetroot to your sandwich, salad or fruit juice for the added health benefits.
Ever tried adding some lemon to lukewarm water in the morning before breakfast? This amazing fruit has been used to detox the body for hundreds of years, and is definitely something we all have in the kitchen. Lemons release enzymes and convert toxins into water which can easily pass through the body.
5. Green Tea
Is there anything green tea can’t do? Pour yourself a cup of tea if you’re feeling sluggish and want to fasten your metabolism. It’s packed with heaps of antioxidants which help to reboot the liver.
This fruit is rich in an essential protein called glutathione which works wonders at detoxing the liver. Avocados are also a source of good monounsaturated fats; perfect for anyone who wants to lower their cholesterol levels. Just make sure that they’re ripe enough to eat!
Remember to replenish your body and drink at least 1L of water a day to avoid dehydration. The amount of water in a human body ranges from 50-75%, and will start to drop depending on how thirsty you are. Water helps to flush bad toxins out, and will get you mentally and physically back to good health.
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By Felicia Sapountzis