Detoxifying in our incredibly polluted environment is not an occasional endeavor.
The connection between the body and the mind is a very real one, with the way your body feels playing a big part in how your brain functions and whether or not you experience a state of well-being. Keeping it free of toxins, free radicals, and other nasty things that can end up in our insides is essentially to maintaining a healthy life. Some foods not certified organic may be okay if they are rarely sprayed, especially if locally grown. But again, select from fresh bulk produce; don’t buy canned or frozen veggies and fruits. So here are some of the best foods and veggies for detoxifying your body.
#1: Beets With their high-sugar content and known ability to ward off free radicals, beets are also powerful sources of Vitamin A, manganese and nitrates.
For some people, their intense flavor needs to be tempered, so try adding them to a juice-based soymilk smoothie. On the other hand, you can grate them and add them to a huge salad filled with tons of vegan delights.
As your body digests the beets
, they purify the blood and deeply cleanse the liver. Don’t be surprised, though, if you eat beets and they turn your urine red, orange or pink; this is normal and all a part of the expected detox process.
#2: Garlic A lot of detox diets shy away from the addition of garlic, which is a terrible mistake. Garlic can add tons of flavor and pizzazz to salads, soups and juices.
Over the past few millennia — that’s not a joke or hyperbole — garlic has been used to treat an abundance of everyday and serious health concerns from fatigue to parasites.
Garlic is an anti-inflammatory and can also be used to lessen blood pressure levels. For vegans who are detoxing, garlic can work like a brush in the arteries, de-clogging them from years of buildup and reducing cholesterol levels without the need for questionable medications
#3: Grapefruit If you’re hoping to lose some weight during your detox — and not just water weight — it’s important to include grapefruit into the mix. Grapefruit can make bitter veggie drinks a little snazzier. Plus, it helps lower fat levels in the liver, which means a lighter you!
Want to add a superfood to your detox? Kale is the answer.
This single vegetable has few calories yet provides nearly 19% of the calcium, more than 200% of the vitamin A, 134% of the vitamin C and nearly 700% of the vitamin K recommended for the average adult’s daily diet.
It also packs a punch with its phytonutrients and antioxidants. One caveat: Kale is very crunchy when raw, so if you’re adding it to a detox salad, make sure it’s completely chopped in very small pieces.
#5: Combine Alfalfa, Spinach and Asparagus
When your body is under attack by toxins, it’s quickly depleted of vitamin B. Add alfalfa, spinach and asparagus to your detox program to bring back your levels of vitamin B, which helps balance your system and improve your ability to handle stress. These veggies also assist in flushing toxic build-up from your system. In fact, some vegans who have added these veggies to their diets in earnest feel better in a surprisingly short time.