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The Detoxification Diet.

Foods that Detoxify: Charge up and re-energise your body with the proper intake of nourishing foods to support and maintain its natural detoxification process. Read More

 

Mother Nature has gifted us some of the unique foods that detoxifies and cleanses the toxins away from our body. The present article throws light upon some of the foods and herbs that you may include in your daily diet for 1-2 weeks to feel cleaner and more energised within a few days.

 

•Radish: Radishes are one of the most ignored vegetables but the properties it possesses should not be ignored. Radishes are extremely low in calories, naturally fat-free and carry a low glycemic load. They carry a good amount of fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese and B-vitamins. They help increase the flow of bile, helping to maintain a healthy gallbladder and liver and improve the digestive process. Radishes also help regulate bilirubin production and flush the excess from your blood. The fiber content regulates bowel movements to flush toxins more efficiently and to help prevent constipation. Not only this, radishes also helps in weight loss, lowering blood cholesterol, regulating blood glucose, maintaining BP and curing UTI. The cleansing effect of radish also makes it helpful in preventing the onset of colorectal cancer growth. So try including radish and its leaves in salad and / or in juice or soups to get maximum detoxifying benefits.

 

•Lemon: Lemon has a key role in supporting healthy digestion and elimination. Scientist believes that the tart taste of lemon is responsible for the secretion and proper flow of bile to aid digestion. The peels of both lemons and limes also act as an antioxidant thought to support detoxification.  Lemon helps to strengthen the immune system and cleanses the stomach. It is not only a blood purifier but also enables body to fight diseases. Health benefits of lemon are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin B & C, phosphorus, proteins, and carbohydrates. Lemon contains flavonoid, a compound with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure. Lemon is very good for skin & hair care, fever, dental problems, indigestion and treating many other health problems like throat infection, rheumatism, internal bleeding, obesity, and burns.Easy ways to incorporate this citrusy treat: Add some fresh-squeezed lemon juice to water or throw in some zest to your cooking. 

 

 

•Coriander or Cilantro: Fresh or green Cilantro or seeds of cilantro i.e., coriander are both known for their health promoting properties. This Mediterranean herb, an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, is used for its unique fragrance and aromatic flavour in most Indian entrees, salads or soups. It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic-acid, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health. Both the greens and the seeds possess powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities. While the seed can aid in digestion and help maintain normal cholesterol levels, the leaves are known to aid in the detoxification of certain heavy metals (like mercury and lead) that can accumulate in the body. Coriander leaves offer great relief from stomach indigestion problems and the like. It also helps reduce feelings of nausea and promotes healthy liver function. One can make a mouth-watering paste of coriander leaves, peanuts, onions, green chilies and add a dash of lemon juice. This chutney is excellent as a sandwich spread.

 

•Turmeric: Favourite with the culinary experts in India and China, the ginger like root of turmeric has been used as a natural analgesic or antiseptic by our grannies since ages and the advance studies have confirmed turmeric to be an effective antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects. It has the ability to assist the liver in the proper detoxification of harmful compounds. Turmeric has a component called curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant that destroys the free radicals and reverses the damages done to our healthy cells. Curcumin is anti inflammatory too and helps in relieving pain. It also is beneficial for our heart as it prevents plaque formation or narrowing of arteries. One tablespoon of powder is all you need in a day.

 

 

•Garlic: Since ages Garlic has been known for its natural antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. When consumed regularly, raw garlic can help ease the painful symptoms associated with swollen arthritic joints due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a powerful immune system enhancer, helps lower blood pressure and controls blood sugar and prevents and treats bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body and is a source of selenium (a powerful anti-cancer medicine). Fresh garlic also improves cardiovascular health as it might slow blood clotting, thus reducing the possibility of strokes, reduce platelet clumping and clotting (thus reducing strokes). So grab on some fresh cloves of garlic every morning and keep gums ready too.

 

•Flaxseeds: Packed full of nutrients that can help facilitate internal cleansing, this little seed is particularly loaded with fiber, a nutrient that most healthcare practitioners would argue is essential to fending off many diseases. And flaxseeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which can help facilitate healthy bowel movements and prevent the re-absorption of cholesterol from the colon and protect against colorectal cancer. Flaxseeds also contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids considered good for heart health. Flaxseed also possess some antioxidant property and plant source of oestrogen both due to its lignan content which in turn may help protect against cancer by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells. So chew it as a snack, mix it with morning smoothie or shake or yoghurt, or incorporate the ground form into your muffin, cookie or bread recipes.

 

 

•Apple: Apples are a healthy fruit to consume year-round. It is important to consume a wide array of fibers in the diet to help with daily cleansing and elimination. Apples are full of fiber, and especially pectin, a type of fiber that can help promote regularity helping to cleanse the intestinal tract, ridding it of any accumulated toxins, excess cholesterol and food particles that may remain undigested. Apples satisfy hunger for few calories so it’s not surprising that they can be part of a healthy diet that promotes weight loss. Antioxidant compounds found in apples help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation thus promoting heart health. So follow as the saying goes; an apple a day keeps...............

 

•Beet: These earthy roots, whether enjoyed roasted, steamed or boiled, contain plant pigments that are believed to have antioxidant and liver-supporting abilities. While the beetroot may be the most commonly consumed part of the plant, the greens of the beet also pack a nutritional punch of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Beets contain betaine, good for the treatment of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being. Beets can also lower your blood pressure. So add it into your salad or juice it for your health.

 

 

•Broccoli: This member of the crucifer family is touted as being among the healthiest foods. A member of cabbage family, Broccoli contains a unique combination of three phytonutrients which are useful for detoxification of the “bad” estrogens that accumulate in the body. Too much of the so-called bad estrogens and not enough of the good ones could lead to some major health issues, including weight gain, PMS and possibly cancer. It has a good content of flavonoid which helps battle allergies and inflammation. Broccoli improves Vitamin D metabolism thereby sustains and promotes bone growth and repair. Broccoli has high fibre that reduces cholesterol. It has high carotene content that is good for eye health. Consumption of broccoli also helps in maintaining healthy skin. So start loving your salad guys.

 

•Asparagus: A natural water pill, complete with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, Asparagus holds a rich quantity of free-radical fighting and liver-protecting antioxidants. Asparagus has so many health benefits, it should be added to the healthy diet. Asparagus is great as a detox vegetable, an anti-aging vegetable, and an aphrodisiac. It protects against cancer, reduces pain and inflammation, prevents osteoporosis, reduces the risk of heart problems and can help prevent birth defects. So try on some asparagus soups and healthy recipes.

 

•Blue berries: A rich source of antioxidants which are significant in fighting free-radicals and keeping many diseases at bay. These little guys have three key antioxidants: Anthocyanidins, resveratrol and ellagic acid, all of which can block metabolic pathways leading to cancer. The blue berries are also supposed to control genes that are responsible for fat disposal or storage leading to fat loss form body leading to weight loss. So add these wonder fruits to your smoothies, puddings, shakes or simply eat fresh.