Most nutritionists would agree that one of the first questions posed to them from clients is the concept of a detox. It’s a great way to get ahead of your diet and is almost always on the mind of people at the start of the New Year when everyone has resolutions to meet. Detox strategies have been around forever and can be dated back to the times of Hippocrates.
Many fad diets have centered on detox centric foods and I’m here to share with you some of the most popular foods that can help cleanse and repair your body in a number of ways. Some of these foods will make you feel better, look better and above all else, some will help you with your weight loss goals.
The idea of a cleanse is nothing new and has been promoted from the likes of Oprah all the way to Dr. Oz. Cleanses as a result of a detox can help individuals eliminate their cravings, repair their digestive health and help rid the body of toxins that slow and wear us down.
The health benefits of a detox are still being studied in scientific and academic communities around the World but here are some of the many reasons they can help you kickstart your weight loss journey.
- Helps individuals get rid of excess waste through the flushing of fecal matter.
- Helps individuals increase their energy levels while reducing lethargy.
- Helps individuals improve, repair and strengthen their immune systems.
- Helps individuals improve their mental focus and clarity.
- Helps individuals improve their skin and hair by clearing and eliminating the impurities within the body.
But which foods are the best to start a detox and/or cleanse. I’ll highlight some of the best ones that I’ve found to help refresh and rejuvenate my clients health and look.
- Provides heart healthy monosaturated fatty acids
- Provides glutathione a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage
- Packed with carotenoids and lutein which are antioxidants and help protect against eye disease
- Help individuals lose weight due to high sources of soluble and insoluble fibre which helps to detox your body.
- Contains oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full
- Helps stabilize blood sugar by preventing it from spiking
- May also help reverse insulin resistance.
- Contains betalains which has powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties.
- Promotes cell structure as well as repairs and regenerates cells in the body, especially in the liver
- Have zero fat and zero saturated fat making them the perfect low calorie food.
- Will energize your body and act as a substantial fuel source through detox.
- Contains sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous as well as vitamins A and C as well as niacin.
- Contain folic acid which is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells
- Guards against cancer, especially colon cancer as well as helps protect the body against heart disease.
- Contains glucoraphanin which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane.
- Contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer as well as boosting liver function.
- Packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.
- Is a rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates which lessens the impact of allergy-related substances on our body as well as a great aid to detox.
- Contains significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids which are anti inflammatory.
- Contains the most amount of Vitamin C of all foods as well as high concentrations of lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene which are powerful antioxidants
- Is richer in antioxidants than white, black, and oolong teas even though they come from the same plant source. One of the best foods to start or continue a detox.
- Serves as a diuretic which helps to alleviate bloating by counteracting water retention
- Along with the natural fluoride found in tea, polyphenols and catechins are associated with killing bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease
- Consumption of one or more cups of green tea a day was significantly associated with decreasing the risk of tooth loss
- Consumption of green tea has been associated with decreasing the risk of osteoporotic fractures
- Helps suppress the breakdown of bone while increasing the amount and activity of bone building cells.
- Helps to raise the body’s metabolic rate which contributes to weight loss through thermogenesis.
- Helps to prevent prostate, pancreatic, breast, colorectal, esophageal, bladder, lung, and stomach cancer.
- Consumption is also associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
- One of the best foods to help aid individuals in weight loss through high concentrations of calcium. The calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to lose weight, while the amino acids help burn bodyfat as well as aiding in a detox.
- Contains extremely high concentrations of probiotics (healthy bacteria).
- Helps regulate digestion and strengthens the immune system.
- Contains significant sources of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid).
- Helps prevent high blood pressure through potassium which helps flush some of the excess sodium out of the body.
- Helps increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.
These foods can be considered the best “cleanse” choices for someone looking to kickstart their nutritional and dietary adjustments this month. Good luck and let me know if they help!