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Health

DETOX FOODS: The Ones You Must Know About

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We are all guilty of starting a healthy lifestyle by trying to eat right and then slowly slip by that one little trip to Shake Shack, and next thing you know we keep telling ourselves ‘that’s fine, I’ll start next week’. Before you know it, that healthy start just fades out. Eating right isn’t just a form of weight lost but offers an array of health benefits. Detox foods should always be on that weekly grocery list, but we still lose sight of what it is to look for.

 

Don’t think of detox has a way of just being a way to lose weight and healthy… but for the vain folks like myself, they offer a range of benefits such as boosted energy levels and clearer skin. So, can someone explain what’s not to love? They are honestly so easy to incorporate into your everyday diet and guaranteed after the first couple of weeks it will be systematic that it feels naturally!

 

I vowed that 2014 would be my year in terms of health and achieving my best summer body ever, so find out what detox foods have worked thus far and prepare yourselves for feeling better immediately. Make 2014 your year the year you really love your body.

 

Miso Soup:

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This fermented soybean is rich in vitamins and nutrients that are believed to help fight breast cancer and radiation sickness. Not a fan of soup? Well it also comes in marinades for meats and/or vegetables.

 

Herbal Teas:

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These include the favorite, green tea and rooibus. Time and time again, I’ve heard it plenty of times myself but it cannot be stressed enough that these teas have high levels of antioxidants that help cut out those damaging free radicals that are causes of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. So drop that Caramel Machiatto and make that easy substitution! For that extra kick, add grated ginger for, not only, cleansing your system but it also has anti-inflammatory properties and improve circulation.

 

Spinach:

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One of my favorite vegetables, this green is the source of many vitamins and minerals and if eaten regularly can combat age-related eye deterioration.

 

Garlic:

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Hmm, this superfood makes so many meals taste so much better, but doesn’t do any favors in terms of our breath. Nonetheless, it has antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties that prove to be extremely beneficial. It also contains sulphuric compounds that have proven to be the ultimate detoxifier. It’s been proven that at least two cloves of these bad boys keep the doctor away. What are you waiting for?

 

Artichokes:

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Must be said, not one of my favorites but when I read how full of body-enhancing nutrients they are I was quick to change my mind. They are high in fibre, potassium, and calcium. They help aid in digestion and cleanse the liver.

 

Cruciferous Vegetables:

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Huh? Don’t worry… these are our favorite green, leafy vegetables we hear so much about. These include cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli among others. They are hosts of a key ingredient- sulforaphane. This has proven to expel toxins and disarms cancer-causing chemicals. What I love about these vegetables is the versatility in which one can consume them! So you can eat them raw, if not as a soup or even a juice.

 

Beets:

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Not the biggest fan of these, but I have a lot of friends who swear by them. They ooze antioxidants ,which help lower cholesterol. Another benefit is that calorifically speaking, they are next to none!

 

Goji Berries:

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Following their hype last year, they are packed with vitamins, iron, and beta-carotene as well as being high in antioxidants. These nutrients help to slow damage the body undergoes due to free radicals. Fresh or dried, try adding them to your oats, muesli or granola for breakfast.

 

Linseeds/Flaxseeds:

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This one is my favorite by far. I eat it without fail everyday on my oats, or even on that odd piece of toast I’ll have. They have been proven to aid digestion and provide you with the essential fats, including omega-3 which is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties and helping to reduce the risks of cancer and heart disease.

 

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