Foods that Gently Detox the Body
It's it funny how after and sometimes during, a vacation the body feels like it needs a boost? Vacations are meant to refresh the mind and body. I have taken a couple vacations this summer and each time I've stuck to eating healthy. Even while eating out. No matter how you look at it, eating out isn't great for the body. Gentle detoxing foods for the system are in order for the next week or so. Eating out is super easy and fun. It has always been one of my favorite things to do. That is until I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. Now, every venture out is a flair waiting to happen. My old ways of eating out are in the past and now, I have to ask a ton of questions and have the anxiety of worrying if the restaurant staff really knows what gluten is. Things are much easier than they used to be because many more people know what gluten is and what foods contain it.
The problem is being gluten-free has become a fad diet. Most people assume when a person asks for gluten-free, that it's a preference. Just the other day, my husband and I went to a local restaurant chain that I have eaten at before with no issues. There are many items on the menu that are gluten free, so that's a win. Plus most of the waiters seem knowledgeable. On this occasion, when I asked the waiter about what a waffle was made out of, at first he wasn't sure. I asked him to investigate. Before I could even finish asking, all of a sudden he stated it had only two flours, both of which were gluten free. This was a huge red flag for me.
In my experience when a waiter isn't sure the first time or doesn't go ask the chef of the ingredients in certain meals, it means he or she is not to be trusted. I know that sounds harsh but when being reassured that something is gluten free or does not contain gluten or potato (I also have a potato intolerance) ingredients and I still end up sick, I have to be very cautious. I would rather eat something I know personally is gluten free than trust someone who may or may not know or care.
After this last trip I could feel and see that my body needing some detoxing. However this is tricky at the moment because I am still breast feeding. Detoxing while breast feeding is a no, no. The toxins that come out of the body and liver will end up in the milk. I have found in the past that taking a few measures to detox my body have seemed to be alright. It is a matter of incorporating the foods that have a detox effect on the body into my normal meals throughout the day.
When doing any sort of dietary change, I am very mindful of listening to my body (and my son's since I am nursing). I take note of what might not be a great idea to consume regularly. Tea has always been a go to drink for me when I'm over drinking water. Changing my food intake can be difficult at times. So I try to remember there are always ways to switch out harmful foods for more nourishing foods. Using one or two foods that gently detox the body on a daily basis can help greatly.
In this post, I list many foods and teas that can gently detox the body. However if you are pregnant, nursing or have any health issues, make sure to consult your primary care physician before going full steam ahead with any dietary change.
Foods that Help Gently Detox the Body
Apples: A nutrient rich and pectin containing fruit that can help pick up metals and food additives that get stuck in the digestive system.
Artichokes: A silymarin containing food that helps the liver toxins and is an antioxidant.
Beets: Beets contain fiber and vitamins B3, B6 and C, beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. These nutrients help the liver and gall bladder to break down toxins and aid in digestion and elimination. It also contains betalains, which help to repair cells. Eating beets is a great way to assist in detoxification of the gut!
Fennel: This root vegetable contains a lot of dietary fiber that can help boost digestion.
Ginger: A root that helps to ignite digestive fire. It also boosts the metabolism in order to process foods and toxins quicker.
Lemons: Wonderfully smelling and tasting, this citrus fruit helps to stimulate digestive enzymes, the liver and can help cleanse the blood.
Parsley: Contains vitamins A, C and K and beta-carotine which all help to protect the kidneys and bladder. This can be important when flushing the body as the toxins that are being removed will likely enter these organs.
Pineapple: This fruit contains bromelain which is an enzyme that can aid in digestion and colon support.
Roasted Dandelion Tea: Making a cup of roasted dandelion tea can help to cleanse the body of carcinogens and cancer causing toxins. When mixed with coconut milk and a little maple syrup, the cup of tea can taste similar to a cup of coffee with cream.
Ginger Tea: Ginger ignites digestive fire and the same type of process happens when it is in a tea form. Ginger tea is also very gentle on the body so it's perfect for a daily dose and for someone who is trying to gently detox the body.
Green Tea: So many studies have shown green tea to have numerous benefits for the body. It's an anti-inflammatory, helps to improve memory and lower blood pressure. Those are just a few of the benefits. Green tea also helps fight cancer.
To sum it all up, Foods that Gently Detox the Body is not about only eating specific foods. It involves incorporating these foods into your daily meals. Eating foods in their most natural form is always best. Whether you are detoxifying the body or just trying to eat more healthfully. Whipping up a smoothie with apple, leafy vegetables and ginger is a great way to get many of these healthy and detoxifying foods into your system. See my recipe for belly boosting anti-inflammatory smoothie. This can certainly help the gut and in turn help the whole body. Adding beets on your salad is a great way to get a little of this amazing vegetable into your system. Teas are a great alternative to coffee and soda. However take care as some teas are natural diuretics causing mild dehydration.
If you have questions or want to learn more about how to incorporate some detoxing foods or even to help change the way you eat, please comment or visit the Nutrition page to see more of how I can help you on your journey toward health and wellness.
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