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The 8 Best Foods to Detox Your Body

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

The 8 BEST foods to detox your body naturally -- why they're awesome and recipes to try!

Well friends, here we are. The first day of 2016!

By now you've probably thought through resolutions and are ready to get back on the healthy train. I hear ya! After spending two weeks away, I am missing my routine and looking forward to stepping back into my healthy habits.

For some of us (me included), this is the time of year where we start to think about detoxing. You've probably been eating and drinking more than you're used to and your body might be feeling less than optimal. Your system is probably a little taxed, immune function might be decreased, and I'm guessing your digestion is not quite where you might want it to be!

So does that mean it's time for a detox? Well, yes and no.

I definitely am a believer in the power of detoxification and think that detoxes and cleanses definitely have their benefits, but I don't necessarily think they're mandatory or by any means something you have to do. Instead, I think it's much more about being mindful of what you're putting into your body and incorporating foods to detox your body in a natural way.

So today, rather than pushing you towards a juice cleanse or telling you should go on a diet, I want to encourage you to simply start adding more detox foods to your diet. In today's post, I'm sharing 8 of my absolute favorite foods to detox your body and giving you a few recipes and tips to help you along the way.

Happy New Year!

Whole Almonds from Bob's Red Mill

1. ALMONDS 

Not only are almonds high in fiber, protein, calcium and healthy fats, they’re also the highest nut source of vitamin-E. Almonds help stabilize blood sugar and remove impurities in the bowel. The great thing about almonds is they're fairly easy to add into your diet with some simple swaps. Try homemade almond milk with your cereal or coffee in the morning, use it for the base of your favorite green smoothie or eat a tablespoon of almond butter with an apple or banana as a snack.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Homemade Cinnamon Almond Milk

Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodles

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

 

2. APPLES + APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

I lumped apples and apple cider vinegar together because they have some of the same properties for detoxification purposes, but also have a few differences. Whole apples are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble pectic fiber (which is found in apples) soaks up toxins in the body and helps move them easily through the intestines. So adding apples, even just one per day, can help keep things moving and help you stay regular. Apples are also low-glycemic (just like quinoa!), which means they are absorbed slowly and don’t cause spikes in blood sugar which can affect your mood, hunger levels, energy, etc.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help balance your internal pH. This balancing act aids in detoxification as it helps your body run at a more optimal level. ACV is also great for your cardiovascular system, your lymphatic system can help with candida AND it can help reduce heartburn. Again, those are just added benefits of increasing your intake of ACV.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Green Apple Smoothie

Slow Cooker Apple Sauce

Carrot, Beet + Apple Salad

Morning ACV Detox Tea

how to roast butternut squash and beets

3. BEETS 

Beets are detoxifying rock stars. Beets are packed with natural plant chemicals that have been proven to help fight infections, help purify the blood AND support in cleansing the liver. Beets also help stablize the body’s pH, which aids in detoxification. Beets can be a little intimidating to work with when it comes to cooking – most people just roast them or boil them and then toss them into salads. I love those options, but there are so many other ways you can use beets – I add them to smoothies, you can make soup, you can spiralize them into noodles and more! Also, just a little warning when you eat a lot of beets in one meal…don't be scared if when the next time you head to the bathroom your poo is a little red – it's just from the beets and it's totally normal!

tasty beet recipes to try:

Apple + Beet Noodle Salad

Easy Detox Quinoa Salad

Liver Cleansing Beet Juice

Citrus Beet Cleanser Smoothie

how to make blueberry banana bread with gluten-free flours

4. BLUEBERRIES 

Blueberries are very high in antioxidants and have antiviral properties to help prevent infections. Blueberries also help decrease inflammation in the body, help protect your cells from free radical movement, and are full of fiber and vitamin-C. As a bonus, blueberries are low in calories and majorly delicious.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Blueberry + Avocado Detox Smoothie

Superfood Detox Salad with Blueberries

 

5. GINGER 

Ginger has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and as a healing agent. Ginger not only helps improve liver function (which is the main organ for detoxification), but it also helps flushes out toxins from the blood and lymph, increases your metabolism and fights disease. Ginger also improves detoxification by speeding up the movement of food through the intestines and reducing inflammation in the body.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Gingered Carrot Bisque with Garlic Quinoa

Lemon Ginger Morning Tea

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

Creamy Ginger Green Smoothie

 

6. LEMON 

Oh how I adore my lemons! This little fruit stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body. Because of the amazing detoxifying properties of lemons, I make them a part of my everyday routine by drinking a glass of lemon water first thing every day when I wake up. Lemon water is wonderful in the morings as it contains alkaline-forming compounds which helps to balance our pH.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Warm Water + Lemon (warm water + juice of 1/2 a lemon)

Lemon Herb Quinoa

Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing

Detox Green Juice

Simple Kale Salad with Asian Dressing

7. KALE 

What would this list be without kale? I know that kale has gotten TONS of buzz for being a superfood and some people feel like it's more than it's cracked up to be, but this wondrous green plant has some seriously incredible health benefits. Like many of the other foods on this list, kale is high in anti-cancer chemicals and antioxidants, both of which help cleanse the body of harmful toxins. Kale is also packed with tons of other vitamins and minerals that help promote detoxification. Kale is also anti-inflammatory and really high in fiber, which as we've said before, helps keep your digestive system normal and helps keep your elimination on a regular schedule.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Kale + Shredded Brussels Sprout Quinoa Salad

Asian Kale Salad

Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie

Crispy Kale Chips

Lemon Turmeric Quinoa made with just 5 INGREDIENTS! So simple and the perfect way to spice up your next Indian or Middle Eastern feast!

8. TURMERIC 

Last, but certainly not least, is the magical spice Turmeric. If you haven't heard of (or used) turmeric before, it's a spice often found in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes and does wonders in the detoxification process. Turmeric has long been known to have powerful medicinal properties due to its high content of nutrients, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The most important to pay attention to is curcumin. Curcumin is a phytochemical that been linked to a decreasing risk of many diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis, as well as chronic conditions like IBS and Crohn's. Curcimin also decreases inflammation, improves liver function AND boosts immunity. Turmeric is basically a rockstar all around and is something I recommend adding to your diet wherever possible.

tasty detox recipes to try:

Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad

Turmeric Milk

Squash, Coconut + Turmeric Soup

Chamomile + Turmeric Evening Tea

 

pulling it all together…

When you're thinking about detox, it's important to remember that not all bodies are created equal and it depends on where you fall on the spectrum of health. I'm not suggesting from this post that you need to jump on a detox program, do a full-blown cleanse or potentially even detox at all, what I do think you can do is be more mindful about your eat and start trying to incorporate some of these detox foods into your regular diet.

Especially after the indulgent holiday season, your body could likely use a little support and your liver could use a little break. Take it slow and find things that work for your body. And at the very least, if I could encourage you do to five things RIGHT NOW that will have tremendous affects on your body and healthy, it would be…

  1. start drinking a glass of lemon water as soon as you wake up in the morning
  2. make breakfast a detox smoothie with as many of the foods listed above as you can
  3. drink ginger, lemon or turmeric tea throughout the day
  4. remove dairy from your diet completely and switch all milk to homemade almond milk (it's so easy to make!)
  5. DRINK WATER!! Staying hydrated is incredibly important for maintaining your health

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  1. Great list of foods for detox. Include many of my favorites; lemon, blueberries, turmeric. Especially a combination of Lemon and ginger is one of my favorites

  2. I use most of these foods on a daily basis. I can’t stand the beets taste, maybe if I can find some great recipes. I will definitely try the Turmeric Soup!

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