When most women think of detoxifying your body they think of spas, wraps, supplements, and epsom salt baths.
While these may help reduce reduce stress and make you feel good, the real detoxification magic happens when you optimize your organs.
What you need are healing foods that soothe and heal the gastrointestinal tract, reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, support healthy gut bacteria, and help you have consistent bowel movements.
Not as “sexy” as spa treatments, but if you want to improve your outside, you need to focus on optimizing your insides.
These are some of the best foods to flush your body of toxins and increase your metabolism, which will ultimately help you shed excess body fat.
Blueberries – These nutrient-dense fruits are high in fiber and antioxidants, which help heal your digestive tract, keep it functioning in peak condition and help reverse the aging process. Blueberries are also rich in manganese and vitamin C, which play important roles in energy metabolism and boosting immunity.
Coconut – An antiviral food, coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are good for metabolism and circulation. It’s also thermogenic, which means it stimulates metabolism to promote weight loss. Coconut also helps reduce microbial growth, fungus, and intestinal yeast, and it’s a high antioxidant food.
Garlic – This pungent herb is a powerful blood thinner, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral. It thins and detoxifies your blood white fighting bacteria and fungus. Garlic is great for zapping the bad bacteria while supporting the good, so it helps reduce microbial overgrowth, fungus, and intestinal yeast.
Red Bell Peppers – These colorful veggies are rich in Vitamin C and are a natural antihistamine. Fighting histamines helps you combat inflammation. Red peppers are also terrific for supporting your adrenal glands. Fatigued adrenals cause dysregulation of cortisol, a stress hormone that causes you to store fat.
Sauerkraut – One of the few fermented foods that has no gluten, dairy, or yeast, sauerkraust supports healthy gut bacteria, which helps aid in digestion and the absorption of various nutrient. Probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut also helps detoxify the body, since probiotics help prevent infections and combat toxins living within your digestive tract.
Ginger – Gut-healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer ginger is also good for aiding digestion. Zingibain, a protein digestive enzyme in ginger, helps bloating related to difficulty digestive protein heavy meals. Gingerols and shogaols are active compounds that calm intestinal activity, reducing inflammation and pain. In other words, when you are bloated, sometimes relieving pressure is the ONLY remedy, ginger does this very effectively.
Beets – This food is rich in betacyanin, which helps lower homocysteine, an amino acid that increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Beets are help cleanse your blood and are great for liver health.
Wild-caught shrimp – These shellfish are gut healing and full of omega-3s, the healing fats that combat inflammation and support a healthy metabolism. Shrimp are also high in selenium, a mineral necessary for a healthy thyroid.
Carrots – Eating raw carrots can prevent the absorption of estrogen from the intestines, allowing the liver to detox excess estrogen, this in turn helps thyroid function as most T4 to T3 conversion happens here. Carrots also reduce endotoxin. Endotoxins are produced from excess stress, aging, alcohol etc…which in general tend to inflame the gut.
Pineapple – Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme, only found in pineapples, which has been shown to reduce cancer AND improve your gut health. Aside from digestive enzymes, pineapples contain antioxidants, such as anthocyanins , which are linked to reducing many diseases. Many studies indicated pineapples (specifically, bromelain) may help in treatment of IBS, leaky gut syndrome, and other inflammatory gut diseases.
I know its difficult ALWAYS trying to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle, so sometimes it’s best to REMOVE foods from your diet, instead of trying so hard to add foods.
Eliminating can have an even more positive affect on your body, than adding even these 10 awesome health-promoting foods.
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