Top detox foods for better health
Chlorella is a green, freshwater algae that has been called a “superfood.” It is nutrient dense, supports the immune system, and improves cholesterol levels. Chlorella is a high source of protein with 50 to 60% and contains all essential amino acids and has phytonutrients, beta-carotene, multiple B vitamins, potassium and magnesium.
Most notably, much of the attention chlorella has gotten is due its ability to chelate heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Animal studies have shown that chlorella can help lower levels of heavy metals in the liver, kidney, and brain.
Not only can chlorella help rid the body of toxins, but it can help keep them from being reabsorbed. This is due to its high levels of chlorophyll, the chemical responsible for chlorella’s green pigment.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is able to grow in both freshwater and saltwater. Even though it has been consumed since ancient times, spirulina made news when NASA announced that the superfood’s ability to be grown in space makes it an ideal food for astronauts.
It is low calorie, high protein and includes some levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Spirulina contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Spirulina contains phycocyanin, a nutrient that contains significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Just like its algae relative chlorella, spirulina contains chlorophyll which allows it to help protect against heavy metal absorption.
Turmeric is a fantastic spice often found in Indian cuisine. It is a perennial herb in the ginger family. A major part of turmeric’s health benefits is in the phytochemical curcumin. Curcumin is what gives curry its golden color.
It contains both anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties.
Regarding its detox properties, curcumin can help enhance gallbladder function which in turn supports liver function, including the extent the liver is able to cleanse and rid the body of unwanted chemicals. Turmeric supports bile produced by the gallbladder which detoxes the liver. Bile also helps prevent substances from turning into harmful substances that may cause systemwide damage.
Ginger has been used for generations as a natural medicinal aid. Ginger is a popular ingredient in DIY and commercial detox preparations. Ginger can help cleans out unwanted particles in the blood and lymph. Additionally it can help cleanse build-up waste in the colon and liver, further supporting the detox process. Another benefit is that ginger facilitates weight by helping stimulate metabolism, digestion, circulation, and sweating. It may relieve bloating by supporting digestive enzymes
Leafy green veggies
Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and parsley are very nutrient dense and contain multiple vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.. Because they are fiber-rich they are ideal for cleansing the bowels.
Not only are apples delicious and contain high amounts of fiber but they make for great detox aids. The flavonoid phloriziden helps stimulate bile production which the liver uses to flush out toxins. The fiber in pectin removes cholesterol and other debris from the blood. Because of fiber’s absorption properties, toxins can be soaked up and transported easily through the intestines. This supports digestion, weight loss, and regularity. Additionally, malic acid supports blood cleansing.
Important note: you should only eat organic apples as inorganic acids and may contain toxins such as pesticides. As a bonus, organic apples also have 15% more antioxidants than apples that aren’t organic.
Almonds are high in fiber, health fats, protein, and calcium making them an ideal on-the-go snack. Out of all the different nut sources, almonds have the highest levels of Vitamin E. Almonds contain substances that may stabilize blood sugar and help remove debris in the bowel.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, and contain potassium, magnesium, and copper. Lemon washes out toxins due to its mild-diuretic properties. Additionally, lemons promote the release of enzymes from the liver to aid in detox. Consuming lemons convert toxins to water soluble form which are then excreted through the process of urination.