It’s Spring Cleaning time. And in addition to cleaning out the garage and the closet and those places that we can see now that the sun is shining brighter, I like to do some internal cleaning as well. So… What can you eat to do some personal spring cleaning?
I call it a spring detox.
With flu season in high gear, and summer drawing near, now is the perfect time to detox your body! A simple detox is the foundation of a long, healthy, and vibrant life. Not only is it a program specific to improving your inner body, but detoxing is beneficial for the mind and spirit as well.
First of all, what is a detox? Detoxing is the process by which you rid your body of the harmful toxins that have built up over a period of time for a healthier you
. Detoxing can help to increase your energy levels and fight fatigue, as well as strengthen your immune system and assist in weight management.
Here are 8 superfoods that should be making their way into your shopping cart this Spring!
Watercress, Spinach, and Kale are staples to your detox, and can be used in a variety of ways such as smoothies or salads. Aside from the fact that these leafy greens are packed with high-quality nutrients and vitamins, they also aid in lowering cholesterol, restoring energy levels, and help to decrease your chances of developing cancer.
Asparagus is one of the most beneficial superfoods, offering kidney and bladder cleansing support. Asparagus can be oven roasted with a little bit of seasoning, which brings us to our next two superfoods, Garlic and Cayenne Pepper!
Garlic and Cayenne Pepper act as the perfect bridge from tasteless foods to delectable meals! By seasoning your food with Garlic and/or Cayenne Pepper, not only are you aiding in detoxifying your body, but you’re ensuring that your meals taste delicious! The sulfur found in Garlic works specifically to rid your body of toxins, while Cayenne Pepper helps to support weight loss and promote heart health! Can’t seem to stomach eating raw garlic? Try garlic in pill form, which can be found at most health food stores!
Dried fruit is the perfect alternative to those tempting, yet unhealthy grab-n-go snacks! For example, dice up some dried Peaches and throw it into your morning oats, or snack on dried Apples throughout the day! In moderation, Dried Fruit helps to reduce excess fat and lower cholesterol while aiding in the detoxification process.
Carrots are rich in glutathione which aid in the detoxification of the liver! Additionally, Carrots are loaded with Vitamins A, C, & K! It’s best to consume carrots raw, perhaps with avocado or hummus.
In addition to these 8 superfoods, make sure you are drinking plenty of water, like at least 64 oz per day. If you’re finding that the taste of water is boring or unappealing, add some sliced Strawberries to a gallon of water and refrigerate it overnight. The next day, you’ll have a gallon of ice-cold strawberry-infused water that’s just as delicious as it sounds!
Enjoy your detox and remember that when it ends, it doesn’t mean you should suspend your healthy eating. Make it a habit to look good, feel great, and eat beautiful, nutritious foods. Happy Spring!