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Give Your Body a Natural Cleanse

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on Monday, 02 November 2015 in School Nutrition Blog

20025Whether you’re looking to kick start a diet or refresh yourself after a weekend of indulging, cleansing is a great way to freshen your system. There are a number of ways to cleanse, but the best rule of thumb is to avoid depriving your body of key nutrients. Instead of opting for a trend like juicing, try introducing foods that naturally cleanse your body. You may think it odd to add more food, especially when you feel like you’ve already eaten so much, but it’s what you eat that makes the difference.

 

Apples – You’ve heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s true! These fiber-full fruits can help eliminate toxic build up to cleanse the intestines. Also, the process of biting into and chewing an applecan increase the production of saliva in your mouth, which in turn reduces tooth decay by lowering bacteria levels.

 

Artichokes – Loaded with cynarin, which helps to increase bile production and prevent indigestion, artichokes are a great choice for a healthy digestive system.

 

Blueberries – These small, but powerful blue fruits contain natural aspirin that helps decrease the effects of chronic inflammation and lessen pain.  Also packed with antioxidants and fiber, blueberries can help lower cholesterol and decrease chances of cell damage.

 

Grapefruit – The effects of weight loss related to the consumption of this fiber and nutrient-rich food are well-established, in large part due to the way it causes the liver to burn up fat. However, because grapefruits contain high levels of citrus, too much can be harmful when taking certain medications.

 

Green Tea – Loaded with antioxidants, green tea helps flush toxins from the body, as well as prevent cell damage, thanks to its catechin content. Green tea has also been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, as well as prevent other heart-related issues such as high blood pressure.

 

Lemon – This bright yellow citrus fruit helps detoxify the liver due to of its high levels of vitamin C. When added to water, it can alkalize the body and help with digestion.

 

Sweet Potatoes – Loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, sweet potatoes to promote normal digestion, cell function and metabolism health. Make sure to eat the skin too! It contributes to significant amounts of fiber, potassium and quercetin.

 

Yogurt - The probiotics in yogurt, also known as good bacteria, are great for your gut, helping your body process and pass waste more easily, as well as stabilize blood sugar.

 

Water – You can never have enough water. With the human body made up of roughly 75% water, you can’t live without it. Consuming high amounts of water will keep your body hydrated, flush your kidneys and bladder, and aid in clear skin. Dehydration can affect your mood, making you cranky or confused. It can also lead to weakness or fatigue, as well as cause dizziness and headaches. Drinking more water can aid in weight loss, since we often think we’re hungry, when we’re actually thirsty. Water helps flush out waste and bacteria, and can also decrease joint pain by keeping cartilage soft and hydrated.

 

Sources:

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12464-36-foods-that-help-detox-and-cleanse-your-entire-body.html

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/16-detoxing-cleanse-foods

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/

 

 

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