Well, it’s National Vegetarian Week this week so what better time than to do a fruit and vegetable detox?
If you’re thinking that detoxing is all about juice fasting, all raw food, splitting headaches brought on by caffeine withdrawal and feeling hungry all the time from semi-starvation then think again.
The key to the new detox is loading up on fruit and veg that support your body’s natural detox system.
Eating foods packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and sulphur to help boost your liver detox function and eliminating foods and drinks that tax it such as alcohol, too much caffeine, fatty foods and sugar is the smart thing to do.
Removing the toxic things from your diet and replacing them with cleansing, restorative foods will automatically boost your body’s healing power.
Green Tea contains less caffeine than coffee and allows for reduction without setting off withdrawal symptoms.
No need to eat raw food all the time as you may find it hard to digest initially and can cause bloating if you are not used to it.
So, just stir fry, steam or grill food. These methods help to preserve maximum levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help support the detox pathways.
For your body to work and detox properly it needs to have the right acid/alkaline balance. The strongest influence on pH is is your diet. A high fruit and veggie diet helps to keep the body slightly alkaline which helps the body to cleanse itself.
These infographics present the risks associated with toxins and how your body combats them.
Importance of Cleansing and Detoxification of the Body
Foods Rich In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxdiant that’s needed for the detox system to function and to mop up free radicals created during the detox process.
Vegetable Energy Facts Chart
Fruits and vegetables are generally low in calories so are ideal for weight control.
Most Commonly Eaten 25 Healthy Fruits and their Health Benefits
Health researchers are now saying that we need to eat 7 – 9 portions of fruit and veg a day to keep us healthy and help pevent cancer.
Try the new wave fruit and vegetable detox to help you shed those winter pounds and boost your energy for the months ahead.