Stomach cramps. Headaches. Foggy brain. Problems with digestion. Bad circulation, or skin issues. Experiencing just poor overall health?
Our bodies are exposed to hundreds of thousands of chemicals every day – and one of the main culprits? Our food. Sugar, saturated fats, alcohol, and BBQ meat are just some of the foods that contain carcinogens that create free radicals to invade our body and result in a host of health issues.
Our bodies are pretty amazing, utilizing the kidneys and liver to naturally detoxify the body. However, it is put under a lot of pressure. And frequently, it needs our help to push things along.
That zingy citrus fruit containing high levels of Vitamin C, and is renowned for its effective detoxing abilities when squeezing half a lemon in water each morning. Lemons are a good source of potassium, folate, flavonoids, and the terpene limonene which gives lemons its zesty flavour and aroma.
Lemons are high in tyramine, so if you are sensitive to tyramine this can trigger headaches. However, a small amount in your water is generally a safe amount to prevent this, and not erode dental enamel.
Lemons are High in antioxidants to kill off free radicals, improves insulin resistance, aids digestion, can break up small kidney stones and prevent them from developing, and promote a healthy complexion.
Half a lemon in water to start your day is one of the best ways to encourage your body to naturally detox.
Rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fibre, this high in Vitamin C zesty fruit carries ‘old-school’ detox benefits.
Remember those 90s movies where the women wanted to lose weight, so they ate a grapefruit for breakfast? There is a reason for this.
Low in calories, but high in Vitamins, and a rich source of powerful antioxidants lycopene, beta-carotene, and anti-inflammatory Flavanones.
Grapefruit is a good source of Vitamin C, B and A to promote a healthy immune system.
And with its fibrous content, it aids in improving digestion and regularity.
There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to liking or disliking grapefruit.
A strong sweetly sour fruit, with flavours enhanced by honey drizzled over top, and marinated overnight for a tasty breakfast. 😋
Are you one of those few that like grapefruit?
There is nothing quite like bringing in summer with fresh asparagus. Low in calories, and high in Vitamins A and K, and folate.
Asparagus also contains good levels of micronutrients zinc, iron and riboflavin for promoting a healthy immune system.
Asparagus is an excellent source of glutathione, and flavonoids – quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol, along with polyphenols; aiding in reducing inflammation, and improving overall body functions so the liver and kidneys can focus on what they do best.
High in insoluble fibre to support regularity,
Asparagus is known for being a natural bladder and kidney cleanser, in large part due to the presence of glutathione – a potent detoxifier.
Smear in a little bit of butter. Wrap them up in bread with some grated cheese, and toast in oven. Or toss them on the grill.
Did you know that the compounds in cabbage can reduce some of the negative effects of cigarettes?
Not to say if you eat cabbage, you’re all good to continue smoking. 😏 However, if you are trying to quit, cabbage can assist with the detoxing process.
A half a cup of this crunchy vegetable provides about 1/3 of the RDI of Vitamin C, and 1 cup provides 85% of RDI Vitamin K.
Rich in B6 and Folate for energy metabolism, Cabbage is also high in fibre, polyphenols, and sulphur compounds to promote a sturdy immune system.
A good source of gut-friendly insoluble fibre, contains phytosterols which reduce build-up of bad cholesterol, and rich in sulforaphane which helps the body fight against toxins.
Whether you enjoy it in a crunchy coleslaw, pop it in last minute in a stir-fry, or sauté it with a little butter, cabbage is a delicious addition to any meal.
Side note. Those with IBS may not be able to eat cabbage, so test out your tolerance with a little bit at a time.
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