Facing a near-constant barrage of calorie-rich foods and all-too-common late nights, our bodies could use a bit of cleansing every now and again. Even when we try to stick to a healthy diet, most of us tend to have one or more ‘cheat days’. Sticking to a healthy regimen of regular exercise, a wholesome diet and moderate consumption of alcohol is always advisable. But no one said it was easy!
A day at the spa can be a great way to get rid of all the toxins. Easier still, include a few detoxifying foods in your daily diet. While our bodies can get rid of unwanted toxins on its own, including certain foods can help speed the process. So if you need a boost of energy, want to clear up your complexion or simply eat healthier, try some of these detox foods.
- Fresh Fruits- Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. So if it’s a clear complexion, lustrous hair and better digestion you’re after, add some fresh fruits to your diet. They are easily available and can be snacked on at any time of the day. Start your day with a fresh fruit salad or make yourself a delicious smoothie instead. However you like your fruits, the antioxidants will help get rid of the toxins. Pomegranate is packed with antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C and E, folic acid and iron. Adding pomegranate to your salads or smoothies can do wonders for your skin.
- Garlic- Garlic has gotten a bad name mostly because it gives you bad breath. But there is no denying that garlic is good for your health. In addition to its antiviral, antibacterial and antibiotic properties, garlic also has a chemical – allicin – which helps produce toxin-fighting white blood cells.
- Water- Fluids help flush toxins out of the body and a detox diet is incomplete without lots of fluids. Water makes up 70% of our body, and keeps the brain hydrated and fully functional. Not only this, it also helps replenish the water in the cells throughout the body. What better way to get rid of those pesky toxins than by drinking water?
- Green Leafy Vegetables- Veggies have high dietary fibre content, another weapon in the fight against toxins. Green vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C and E and iron – all of which help the body’s natural detoxification process. Now we know why mom always insisted we finish all our veggies! Add them to your omelet, mix them in with your salad or puree them into a juice, anyway you want them, green leafy vegetables are good for you.
- Lemon- The vitamin C in lemons is great for the skin and fights disease-forming free radicals. The citrus fruit helps restore the body’s pH balance, aiding the immune system. Starting the day with a glass of water mixed with lemon juice is said to help flush out harmful toxins. Not only does a glass of lemonade refresh you, but it cleanses your system at the same time. Opt for honey rather than sugar for the most benefit.
- Ginger- If your ‘cheat day’ has left you with a tummy ache for indulging a bit too much, adding some ginger into the mix can be a good idea. It may not get rid of the guilt, but it can definitely help improve digestion. Ginger has antioxidants which help boost the immune system. If adding freshly chopped ginger to your meal is not your cup of tea, try sipping on some ginger-infused tea.
You can still spend a day at the spa but supplement it with the right diet. After all, there’s always something fresh and pure in nature’s kitty to solve most problems!