Our bodies are susceptible to pollution, indigestion, hormonal changes, climatic changes, processed food, chemicals, fatigue, and more. As a result, the innate functional capacity of the body slows down drastically due to intoxication.
The results of such unsolicited invasion are tiredness, unhealthy hair and skin, unexpected weight gain or loss, hormonal imbalances, gastric issues, abdominal bloating, slower metabolism, muscular pain, and even heart and kidney issues.
The easiest way to counter such functional imbalances and cleanse the body is to include one or more of the following superfoods in your daily diet as per your dietary requirement(s).
A rich source of vitamin C and Potassium, this subtropical citrus fruit has a tangy sour-bitter-sweet taste. The fat-burning phytochemicals and the antioxidant bio-compounds help keep your metabolism under check. This citric phenomenon activates the fat-zapping brown cells while also reducing your appetite.
Consuming a half of this fruit half an hour before your meal can contribute to your super detox regimen. Many nutrition experts would suggest taking this fruit to those who have cholesterol or heart issues. This is one of the key ingredients in the salads and juices these days that accelerates quick weight loss.
This digestion-driving fruit, one of the top detox foods, enriches the body with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids called Oleic acid while promoting bowel health. This superhero fruit reduces the triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood. If you have constipation issues, then Avocados are the best lubricants. Avocados can absorb Vitamins A, D, E, and K along with carotenoids from the digestive tract and supply them promptly throughout the body.
Other antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin benefit the eyes. Avocado offers sustainability to healthy bacteria in the gut while promoting healthy weight loss. Studies have shown that Avocado can inhibit prostate cancer while reducing the effects of chemotherapy like platelet count fall etc. Even blood sugar level spikes can be controlled according to studies.
This Indian spice is a superstar when it comes to detoxing the body with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. An optimal digestion-driver this, the liver is benefited by a compound called Curcumin present in Turmeric. Any blockage of the bile duct is obliterated by Turmeric. Food poisoning and intoxication of the digestive tract can be prevented to a great extent by Turmeric in your food. Also consuming this spice in some lukewarm water in an empty stomach can help in weight loss to a large extent. No wonder, ancestors called this the ‘wonder spice’.
‘A lemon a day can keep the toxins away’ is the new dictum for those who have weight problems, indigestion, fatigue, unhealthy skin, and other issues contributed by intoxication and stress. Great for digestion adding the essential Vitamin C in your daily diet is a good squeeze of lemon juice.
The de-limonene, a powerful antioxidant compound helps the liver produce enzymes that flush out the body toxins and help in empowering the bowels to perform better. Using Lemon in Detox Concoctions along with other beneficial fruits can really notch up the general health of the body and mind.
The detoxifying and cleansing powers of this essential vegetable purify the blood from the free radicals and also help in increased oxygen absorption through elevated hemoglobin count in the blood. It protects the liver by breaking down unwanted substances using compounds called Betalains while regenerating the liver cells. Beets lubricate the bowels with the fiber content present in them.
Rich in Potassium and Magnesium, Bananas reduce bloating due to water retention, gastritis and also help fight cancer producing cells to a certain extent. They help build lean muscle mass along with protein synthesis. With Vitamin B9/Folate, Bananas also help fight depression. The anxiety-killing Tryptophan and Norepinephrine also assuage insomnia, depression, and agitation. If constipation is bothering your bowels, then Bananas are the best bet to relax them. The calcium in Bananas helps promote bone health, while the Pectin and Choline flush out toxins and banish visceral belly fat.
Tomato juice is often attributed to being the skin elixir that removes the free radicals and promotes skin health. Protecting the skin against sunburn, this fruit is rich in an anti-oxidant compound called Lycopene. Rich in Vitamins C and K, Folate, and Potassium, Tomatoes help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels, counter constipation, and prevent skin cancer. The Beta-Carotene and Chlorogenic Acid are powerful antioxidants that destress the body and empower eye health.
The body’s natural cleansing properties are strengthened by Garlic. Garlic helps in warding off the heavy toxins in the body that slow down its functioning by supporting the production of healthy liver enzymes. Along with the detoxicating benefits, Garlic also reduces heartburn, Cholesterol and the risks of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, fights the common cold, helps control blood pressure and prevents organ damage through metal toxicity. The compounds present in garlic that provide myriad health benefits through detoxing are Allicin, Diallyl-Disulfide, and S-Allyl Cysteine.
The insoluble fibers present in this breakfast marvel help in the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive system that aid detoxing and digestion. The beta-glucan compound helps combat heart issues by reducing Cholesterol levels while aiding weight loss. Antioxidants called Avenanthramides in Oats help in dilating blood vessels and improving blood flow. The anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen properties also help combat eczema and other skin issues.
Pomegranate is the go-to fruit to boost metabolism, increase hemoglobin production, and help promote digestion. The antioxidants called polyphenols in the fruit help eradicate free radicals and improve skin health.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Pomegranate reduce allergic tendencies and help combat the inflammation caused due to Arthritis. Cardiovascular diseases and Chronic Kidney diseases can be combated by consuming Pomegranate seeds frequently.
While these are the top detox foods, consuming them in the right proportions can definitely rejuvenate the body and improve the metabolism while helping the body self-heal from the natural damages caused by environmental factors.