The Top 10 Detox Foods
March 30, 2008 2:46am CST
Detoxifying is the key to achieve ultra healthy and beautiful body. If you're thinking about lowering your weight (and your RealAge) "eating clean" is a great first step. These 10 foods will make you achieve three terrific benefits: 1. Lots of super-healthy liquids to flush out the body while pouring in nutrients. [i]2. Fiber to keep your GI tract fit. 3. Foods that energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, your body's built-in detox center. [/i] Add these top 10 detox foods on your grocery list and achieve a healthy and sound mind and body: Green leafy vegetables - Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and protects the liver. Lemons - You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal. Its vitamin C, considered the detox vitamin, helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that's easily flushed away. Watercress - Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals too. Garlic - Add it to everything -- salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk. Green tea - This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity. Broccoli sprouts - Get 'em at your health-food store. They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable. Sesame seeds- They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that's a staple of Asian cooking. Cabbage- There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them. Coleslaw, anyone? Psyllium - A plant that's rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast. Fruits, fruits, fruits - They're full of almost all the good things above: vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
Thanks, that is some great information. I just realized that for a while I was on a lemon kick or something a while ago. I had to have lots of lemon in water real cold and would drink like a quart or so a day of it. I felt much better and only stopped because I bought those mixes for water..crystal light. I need to make a few changes but I eat mostly fruit and veggies, beans, whole grains and nuts. I am passing this on to my mom and sister. Brightest Blessings, Mari
• United States
5 Apr 08
I'm at the same stage in my life. 22, and the heaviest I've ever been. I'm trying so hard to change what I eat. Went shipping today, and picked up a lot of healthier stuff. Fresh veggies, fruit, lower calorie foods. Just relatively healthy stuff in general. Now that it's starting to get nice outside again, I'll be able to get back to bike riding, which was a great way for me to lose weight last year. I hope to do it again!
31 Mar 08
I know all of these are good for your health, that's a nice list you have there, I guess that if we abstained from eating any kind of meat we would be a lot healthier, but that's the catch, I at least am so used to meat that if I don't have it I feel like my meals aren't complete. Apart from that I believe another problem is that one eats until he feels full, I read somewhere that you should eat unit you feel about 75% full, and then stop, so your digestive organs don't overwork.