Our systems of detoxification are extremely important to maintaining a healthy body and clear mind. In much the same way as we’d spring clean our homes to get things in good working order and make space for the new, we need to clean out the junk that accrues internally after periods of excess such as Christmas or Easter or any stressful period.
Below are our top 5 superfoods that can help you increase your body’s detoxification power so you can start your year fresh and energised.
1. Acai berries
These berries are considered a natural digestive cleanser aiding the kidneys and liver in the removal of toxins and waste from body. It’s fibre content also makes it a good colon cleanser to keep the bowels clear. The fruits don’t stay fresh for very long, so a powdered version is likely to be the best way to maximise the benefits of consuming this fruit such a long way from its Brazilian origins.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables – Kale
Kale’s high levels of antioxidants makes it a great superfood for liver detox. It is also high in calcium and vitamin C as well as indole-3-carbinol which is helpful for hormone balance and boosts DNA repair in cells. This is helpful to neutralize the effect that stress has on DNA in our body. Studies also show it has the potential to block cancer cell growth, can slow age-related cognitive decline.
You can enjoy kale raw in smoothies or salads, mixed into scrambled eggs, or baked meals such as macaroni cheese or frittata. When using kale in salads go easy on the quantity and throw on salad oil and seasoning and rub the leaves between fingers and thumbs to help to soften the leaves and improve digestibility. You can also use other member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel, sprouts, bok choy and turnips.
Beets are rich in both antioxidants and nutrients which can prove a powerful aid for helping the liver to detox the body. They also have energy enhancement benefits, improving blood flow and oxygen uptake by the body as well as improving energy production in the mitochondria.
Beetroots work well raw, grated into dishes, pickled, steamed and roasted.
This is a species of green algae which is recognised for its detoxification capabilities. The chlorophyll content in chlorella pyrenoidosa contains the most amount of chlorophyll of any known plant on earth. This potent nutrient helps to inactivate environmental toxins and prevent them binding to DNA and cellular receptors in the body. Moreover, one study in which participants took 4-5g of chlorella prior to consuming alcohol reported a 96% reduction in the incidence of hangovers. Bet you wish you knew that pre-Xmas party!
We recommend you use the Sun Chlorella brand as it contains the specific chlorella species shown to be most effective.
For any detox is important to drink plenty of water as it helps flush out toxins from the body. Fluids allow you to keep the internal cellular environment clean and free flowing, rather than viscous and soupy. We recommend you always have a bottle of water nearby.
Join us for our free 30 minute webinar on Super-foods for the Super-busy on the 30th of January, at 1.30pm. This workshop that will explore the ‘everyday’ as well as the ‘exotic’ - superfoods you can incorporate into your diet to supercharge your energy resources and bring the body back to equilibrium, ready to power through your day. Book your slot here.