If you are feeling sluggish, have unexplained fatigue, aggravated skin, allergies, infections, bloating, menstrual problems, or find yourself in a mental haze... Start looking to foods and drinks that can assist in detoxifying your body and can get you back to feeling like the best version of you again!
The key to detoxing is to introduce healthy foods in a way that is manageable, and that will support your body's well-being while you detox. In this blog, we discuss what you can do to help your system perform optimally and feel the best you can!
Detox tips for a healthier, better functioning body:
Include anti-inflammatory foods & liquids in your diet.
Inflammation naturally occurs inside your body because it is the body's natural immune response, however there are many foods that we eat in our modern diet which can aggravate this response and cause extreme inflammation, which is really not a good state for the body to be in. Excessive & perpetual inflammation is the beginning of many serious conditions. You can aid your body in fighting inflammation by eating a diet high in foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Most anti-inflammatory foods have a high number of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, which all aid in the combat of inflammation.
Try these incredibly helpful foods to reduce systematic inflammation:
- Raw walnuts and almonds
- Turmeric & ginger
- Coconut oil
- Chia seeds & flaxseeds
- Detox Tonic Turmeric & Black Pepper
Eat foods rich in antioxidants.
It is important to be aware of what foods your body needs to function at the highest level. One thing to consider is how much of your diet includes foods that contain a fair amount of antioxidants?
Antioxidants occur naturally in certain foods, and they serve as protection from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are formed as by-products of metabolism, and these molecules can cause damage to your cells. When free radicals harm your cells, this can cause a risk of developing chronic diseases. Antioxidants nullify free radicals so that the molecules can't do any damage.
Use these antioxidant foods to combat free radicals:
- Pecans, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews
- Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed flour
- Pearl barley
Barley grass, moringa powder, maca powder, and spirulina powder – these superfood powders are powerful antioxidant supporters and probably the very best place to start.
Supplement gut health with prebiotic and probiotic rich foods
Having a healthy functioning gut and digestive system is essential to your overall health and well-being. Detoxing is a great place to begin to improve your gut health. When your gut is not optimal, it can affect your immune system, mood, sleep, and weight management and even increase the risk of chronic disease. Essentially, your gut is the starting point for good health.
To reset your gut, you need to reboot your diet with foods that will aid in bringing about a well-balanced gut microbiome. How do you do this? Include foods that contain pre and probiotics!
Prebiotic foods feed the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut; you want this bacterium to be functioning normally! Supporting these live bacteria is crucial as they aid in digestion while reducing the growth of harmful bacteria that lead to infection and disease.
Prebiotic foods that you can use to supplement your gut:
- Coconut flour
- Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, and split green peas
- Almonds and hazelnuts
Probiotic foods contain live bacteria and/or yeasts, which are the beneficial bacteria you need to keep your gut healthy. Your microbiome has good and bad bacteria that need to be kept in balance. Your body's balance is thrown off when bad bacteria enter your system and multiply or if good bacteria are killed off by excessive medication, antibiotics, and the like. Beneficial bacteria will fight off the bad bacteria and restore balance in your gut. Probiotics will help to reintroduce good bacteria, support your immune system, and combat the bacteria that shouldn't be there.
- Milk Kefir kit
- Water Kefir Kit
- Gut Build Vegan Kefir Powder
- Rawbiotics (Liquid Probiotic Supplement)
- Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso, and Tempeh
Try this easy detox protocol to give your system a boost.
This is a simple and straightforward way to detoxify your body and balance your ph. and blood sugar:
Mix warm water, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, juice of ¼ a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon. This drink is great in the morning to give you a boost of energy and keep your body in balance.
Drinking lots of green smoothies can also give you all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to give your body everything it needs to operate at the highest level, it is also full of antioxidants and helps the body expel toxins. Use apples, pears, bananas, spinach, kale, cucumber, spirulina, moringa and barley grass for the best results.
AVOID these inflammatory foods:
- Milk – Instead, use almond milk or other milk alternatives
- Sugar – Use xylitol, stevia or honey.
- Avoid wheat or refined carbs - use wheat-free flour or nut flour in its place
- Any processed foods
To feel like your best self, we advise that you include a wide range of healthy alternatives that will cover all the necessary bases. All the products we mention in this blog have numerous benefits and can aid you in taking the best care of your body. Which means you can feel like a million bucks every day!
Head to our store at Shop 116, Blueberry Square, Blueberry St, Honeydew to view our selections of healthy options and chat to our in-store Health Heroes who will guide you on your health journey. Otherwise, explore our website and chat to us online! Order products from the convenience of your home and get them delivered to your door, it is simple and easy! Don’t forget to check out our Nu Year Detox Sale, where you will find much of what you need to get started!
Here's to a happy, healthy 2023! We can’t wait to journey with you!