When to Cleanse?

%image_alt%As a trainer I see people struggling with their weight loss every day. After we have restructured their kitchen and lifestyles to get them eating all new foods we do see weight loss.

  • HOWEVER, there comes a time when the body just gets stuck and it’s a good idea to take 24 to 48 hours on a short “cleanse,” to help eliminate cravings, wake up the digestive system, and prepare the body for a new healthier way of eating.

 

  • Figuring out which foods are best for a “cleanse” can be tricky. So many foods feel refreshing and rejuvenating—hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit come to mind. And with good reason:

Here are some of my faves and why they just might work!

•Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow clears the system of potentially inflammatory substances contained in fatty foods.

•Avocado provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and glutathione, a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage AND is essential for liver pathway cleansing.

•Beets -contain betalains, plant pigments that give some beets their deep red color and have powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties. Betalains promote cell structure, repair and regeneration, especially in the liver—the body’s primary detox center.

•Broccoli -Science has shown that a diet rich in cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of certain cancers. Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.

•Dandelion root acts as a diuretic by increasing urine production.

•Green tea is richer in antioxidants than white, black, and oolong teas, even though they all come from the same plant. The caffeine in green tea also gives this energizing drink a diuretic effect, which helps to alleviate bloating by counteracting water retention.

•Onion and garlic are both members of the allium family of vegetables, which provide pungent flavors to foods. These plants contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver’s strongest antioxidants.  As a result, onion and garlic have powerful anti-bacterial and immune-boosting properties.

•Other fresh veggies (greens) are a good source of glutathione-essential for detox of liver pathway. Fresh vegetables can also provide excellent sources of insoluble fiber, which gets the gut moving. Crisp, crunchy raw veggies are highest in this sort of fiber. Think kale, collards, and broccoli!

•Yogurt that contains probiotics – make sure to read the yogurt label –  supplies healthy bacteria that fortify the GI tract’s natural flora, aiding digestion and boosting the body’s natural immune responses.


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