Detox-Foods

Detox-Foods ~ Detoxification

There's no better time to give your body a healthy, fresh start than today!

Plus, if you're thinking about lowering your weight, "eating clean" is a great first step.

Start by adding these to your grocery cart and you'll get three terrific benefits:

1. Lots of super healthy liquids to flush out the body while pouring in nutrients.

2. Fiber to keep your GI tract fit.

3. Foods that energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, your body's built-in detox center.

The Top Ten:

#1. Green leafy vegetables.

Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices.

Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and is an all-round liver protector.

#2. Citrus Super Fruits.

You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal.

Its vitamin-C - considered the "detox vitamin", it helps convert toxins into a water soluble form that's easily flushed away.

#3. Watercress. Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches.

The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system.

Watercress is rich in minerals, as well as protecting against second hand cigarette smoke too.

#4. Garlic.

Add it to everything ~ salads, sauces, spreads.

In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk.

#5. Green tea.

This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system.

Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity.

Detox-Foods #6. Broccoli Sprouts. Get 'em at your health-food store or super market.

They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.

#7. Sesame Seeds.

They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals.

For a concentrated form, try Tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that's a staple of Asian cooking.

#8. Cabbage.

There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them.

Coleslaw, anyone?

#9. Psyllium.

This is a plant that's rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile.

It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out.

Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified cereal for breakfast.

Or, I buy psyllium husks in bulk and add them on salads, oatmeal, etc.

Detox-Foods #10. Fruits, fruits, & more fruits.

They're full of almost all the good things above, vitamin-C, fiber, nutritious fluids and all kinds of antioxidants.

Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.

Ultimate Detox-Foods Recipe

Cucumber & Sesame Seed Salad

Crisp, juicy, pungent garlic, earthy sesame oil, a flourish of seeds reinforce the flavor and add a textural counterpoint.

Ingredients:

3 cucumbers, (We prefer long English cukes)

1 Tbs. sesame seeds, toasted

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 or 2 tsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

salt

garlic cloves, crushed

Preparation;

Wash cucumbers well, cut into 1" chunks.

Set aside to rest.

Meanwhile prepare the dressing.

Mix oil, sugar and vinegar together until sugar dissolves.

Taste and adjust to your liking.

Drain liquid from cucumbers.

Mix through as much crushed garlic as you like (for us it's, the more the merrier), then coat with the dressing.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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