The Holiday season is full of beautiful moments shared with friends and family. However, most of us splurge a bit in the food department with seasonal favorites like stuffing, mashed potatoes and sweet treats. If you are looking to reset a bit (like we are) here is a list of body detoxifying super foods that taste great and nourish the body and mind.
Antioxidant and fiber-rich this superfood is #1 on our detox list. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. They are loaded with healthy fatty acids and nutrients like Vitamin K and Folate. They make a perfect mid-day snack or can be added to your favorite salad. Healthy fats are also know to boost to mood and leave the body feeling satiated.
Cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale, contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are essential to vitality and health. These cleansing foods also reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress arises when your body does not have enough antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. These antioxidant rich veggies also contain a compound called diindolylmethane, which helps keep hormones in balance.
MATCHA GREEN TEA
Matcha Green Tea is premium quality powdered green tea. As always we suggest finding an organic source for this ingredient. Packed full of antioxidants green tea offers a great energy boost with clean caffeine. It also contains an antioxidant called catechins which are known to increase liver function. Green tea is also known to enhance focus and mental clarity.
Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable packed with iron, calcium, betaine, B vitamins. These nutrients are known to have powerful cleansing and detoxifying effects on the liver. This is so important since the liver is our main defense against environmental toxins. Betaine is also known as a mood enhancer. Beets can be juiced, blended into a smoothie, roasted or baked.
Citrus fruits, like lemon and grapefruit, are low on the glycemic index and are packed with super detoxifying Vitamin C. They naturally help the body flush out toxins and awaken the digestive tract. Lemon and grapefruit also support healthy liver function. Citrus is enzyme rich which assists in the breaking down of fats. Citrus aromas are known to be uplifting and invigorating. This makes sipping from a glass of lemon water good for the body and mind.
Turmeric is from the ginger family. In India it has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It known as one of the most powerful herbs to benefit the mind and body. Turmeric is widely recognized for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and anti-oxidative properties. It contains lipopolysaccharide, which helps enhance the body’s immune system. It also contains curcumin, an active phytochemical component that protects again oxidative stress and is said to balance neurotransmitters in the brain! This handy spice is delicious and can be added to any number of tasty dishes.
Keep the system feeling lively and well nourished with these cleansing and detoxifying foods! Let us know your favorite way to detox post holiday!