Some of your favorite foods may also be great natural detoxifiers. You may try to incorporate a few of these ingredients into your meals every day.
It’s easy! You can have a morning smoothie with grapefruit and avocado on the side. Kale salad or a cilantro cabbage slaw made with olive oil vinaigrette and a lemon. To finish your day, have a miso-glazed salmon, a side of sautéed collard greens, and fresh melon slices for dessert.
The better foods you eat, the better you’ll feel. Consider stocking your fridge and pantry with these clean eating essentials for a clean, green life.
• Avocado. I think avocados as the most fabulous food on earth. I enjoy eating this beauty fruit just about every day. I have many recipes that include this fruit. I love some guacamole or Avocado-Kale Caesar Salad to whip up.
• Cabbage. It has a natural diuretic that can cleanse the body of excess liquid. This colorful vegetable is also rich in sulfur, which can help the liver break down toxins – making them easy to flush away. You can get cabbage for around a dollar per head in many places – very inexpensive healthy option. You can top the cabbage to any burrito or taco. Buy those firm, crisp purple or green varieties.
• Cilantro. It has natural oils that are good for digestion. It’s also known to alleviate tummy aches. The strong flavor of cilantro is best paired with medium avocado to top Mexican-inspired recipes or Asian dishes.
• Coconut oil. Unrefined coconut has a concentration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that help lower cholesterol and maintain healthy weight. Just use it in moderation. I recommend replacing butter with coconut oil when cooking recipes and baking treats. Unrefined coconut oil brings rich, luscious flavors to your favorite recipes.
I also recommend putting coconut oil to your everyday natural beauty routine. You can use it to remove eye makeup or to soften or shave your legs. You can also use one teaspoon as a deep conditioner for around 5 minutes with a damp hair towel. Rinse well.
• Collard Greens. It can help lower your bad cholesterol levels and aid in digestion. You may toss collards into your favorite soups and grain salads.
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive oil helps in reducing inflammation in the body. It has antioxidants and vitamin E. For the most health benefits, choose first-pressed high-quality extra virgin olive oil over regular olive oil.
• Grapefruit. One grapefruit offers more than half of the daily requirement for vitamin C. It is a powerful free-radical fighter. The pink shade of grapefruit comes from the phytonutrient, lycopene. Grapefruit can also lower cholesterol level as it contains pectin, which is soluble fiber ( also found in oranges, lemons, and apples).
When buying, look for a firm citrus peel that is smooth in texture and not the grapefruit with soft spots. You may use some of your grapefruits for a super detox salad and enjoy their juices.
• Kale. It is my number one favorite green. It is also considered as one of the most popular, cleanest antioxidant-packed greens available. Kale is rich in vitamin K and calcium. You may want to use Kale if you are detoxing from dairy.