Spring is here! Time to get our body cleansed and feeling refreshed and ready for the warmer weather!
Here are some tips on cleansing your body in preparation for summer:
1) Eat. Really!!
Sometimes people think that cleansing their liver would be best supported by strict detoxing, fasting, or limited calories, however just the simple act of eating whole foods can clean up your liver.
We actually need nutrients to support the detoxification process that our bodies naturally like to do.
Include broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts everyday in your diet when washing out the toxins.
2) Swap the java and go green
Green tea has antioxidant properties and is loaded with catechins. Catechins are a type of plant antioxidants that has been show to eliminate fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. It also protects against toxins that can cause serious liver damage.
3) Befriend onions and garlic
Foods rich in sulphur containing compounds are one of the primary types of molecules used to help the liver detoxify a wide range of toxins. Food like onions, garlic, and eggs yolks are in this category.
Garlic contains allicin and selenium, which are proven to help protect the liver from toxic overload. Do your best to buy Australian grown garlic and organic eggs.
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4) Tantalise your tastebuds with grapefruit
This yellow or rosy-hued fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which are excellent at cleansing the liver.
One of the flavonoids in grapefruit, naringenin, contains a compound that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it. Why not squeeze some into your sparkling water today.
5) Sidestep alcohol and fructose
Fructose is very hard on your liver, much the same way as drinking alcohol is. Fructose is converted into fat that gets stored in your liver and other tissues as body fat. If this is consumed in excess this can lead to non alcohol fatty liver disease (NADLD). This is when the liver becomes dysfunctional we lose our metabolic powerhouse.
6) Go nuts
All nuts are full of amino acids and no sugar. Not only are nuts, full of essential fatty acids, but walnuts in particular are high in l-arginine and glutathione, which can assist in detoxifying the liver and oxygenating the blood.
It is the walnut hull that is often found in the liver cleansing products that you can purchase in the chemist. Why not just eat them?
7) Spice things up
The innocent spice, turmeric, has really become a modern day Miranda Kerr, of the herb world. Everyone wants this popular little spice and has proven much of its beneficial properties in research studies.
Turmeric has been shown to protect the liver against toxic damage and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the production of bile and hepatic dusts, which is beneficial to those who have gallbladder issues.
Do you have any other tips for cleansing to share? Please leave in the comments below.