As much as it may seem like winter may never end, spring really is just around the corner! To get you ready for the change of seasons, and to beat any remaining winter colds, this week’s post is on the best way to use green foods as a detox.
Check Out The Best Greens For A Food Detox
Why Greens are so Great for Detox
Let’s start by understanding what we mean by the buzzword “detox”. When we say detox we quite literally mean the systems and organ functions within your body that allow you to get rid of bad or toxic substances in your body. Your liver is the primary detoxifier of the body, but your lungs, kidneys, intestines, and lymphatic system all help as well. By detoxing, you’re giving an extra boost to these organs and systems; essentially enabling your body to get rid of bad or harmful substances more effectively.
Eating green, leafy vegetables and foods is a great way to help your body detox, or get rid of low-grade cumulative toxicity, as it helps your digestive system flush itself out.
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The Best Greens for Detox
Now that we know why it’s important to detox and how greens enable our bodies to do this more efficiently, let’s dive into the types of greens that are most recommended for detoxing.
- Alfalfa Leaf: This leafy green contains iron, niacin, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll and more. Proven to help protect the urinary tract, regulate blood sugar, and boost immunity.
- Barley Grass: Barley Grass is loaded with vitamins and minerals and helps increase oxygen in your bloodstream, helping your body get rid of impurities.
- Broccoli: While Broccoli may be every kid’s worst nightmare, it’s loaded with nutritional value. It’s a great source of fiber; helping your body expel toxins.
- Celery: You may have heard about the popular celery detox. There’s a reason why this is such a popular food lately; packed with vitamins C & K and minerals like folate and potassium, celery helps reduce gut inflammation and boost heart health.
- Chlorella: This single-celled algae attaches to heavy metals like mercury and lead, and harmful pesticides, and helps expel them from your system.
- Dandelion Leaf: Dandelions may be weeds in your lawn but they are powerful greens for your body! Filled with Vitamins A, C, E, iron, magnesium, calcium, and iron, dandelions help good gut bacteria while helping expel bad bacteria. Kale: We love Kale! It’s loaded with antioxidants to help with your digestive system and reduce inflammation. Kale is great in smoothies or even as fried kale chips - delicious!
- Leeks: Leeks contain vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and magnesium. They are a great source of fiber, help regular blood clotting, and regulation of brain and nerve function.
- Parsley: Yes you can eat parsley. This leafy herb is packed with vitamins and nutrients that help regulate your immune system and has anti inflammatory properties.
- Spinach: You’re probably familiar with all the benefits of spinach; but in case you need a refresher spinach is incredibly nutritious! It’s full of vitamin A, C, K1, folic acid, and more. It’s also an alkalizing food that’s great for detoxing.
- Spirulina: Similar to chlorella, Spirulina is extremely effective at removing toxins from the body, it also has antiinflammatory effects.
- Wheatgrass: Known for its place in smoothies and green shots, wheatgrass is full of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and more. It’s a great source of antioxidants and fiber.
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