Poor food choices can leave us feeling sluggish and bloated. The simple swaps and adds of our no-deprivation detox diet can not only make you feel fabulous, but also make you look gorgeous and younger.
1) Dark, Green Leafies
Turn over a new leaf and go to the dark side when selecting lettuce. Dark, leafy greens are not just for salads. You can sauté them with olive oil and garlic to toss in your pasta or slip them in a sandwich for extra bite. The chlorophyll in dark leafies helps break down environmental toxins and also feeds the good bacteria in your system for better digestion.
2) Lemon in Your Water
The wonders of water are well known to cleanse and hydrate your body for better health and beauty. Try adding a squeeze or slice of lemon to your water to help flush waste, promote better digestion and relieve heartburn and bloating. This lemon aid can also be an appetite suppressant and mood booster, a welcome savior in the dreary last days of winter after the fun and good cheer of the holiday season is over.
Just beet it and you’ll benefit from a full-body detox. This richly-hued superfood boasts antioxidant enzymes that repair cells, especially in the liver, the center of all detoxification. Anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, beets naturally clean your colon and purify your blood, plus flush out your lymph system to alleviate puffiness & congestion.
4) Cruciferous Vegetables
Purple cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, even watercress are all cruciferous vegetables. These fiber-rich powerhouses help your liver work more efficiently, speeding up metabolism and your body’s ability to break down and clear fat. Watercress is the ultimate super veggie for detoxification and all-around health and beauty. A recent study found raw watercress added to your diet can visibly rejuvenate your skin and even reduce wrinkles for glowing, gorgeous radiance.
This yummy detox dynamo helps your body better break down fats, keeping your liver and gallbladder healthy and happy. Fiber-rich artichokes aid digestion and even help you feel full so you don’t overindulge. Artichokes also help lower bad cholesterol, stimulate cell regeneration and battle free radicals for all-around beauty.
6) Spice of Life
Chopped, diced or tossed, these super seasons’ greetings will boost your detox regimen in an ultra-tasty way. Garlic boosts the liver’s detox enzymes while also offering anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Ginger aids digestion and helps break down foods more quickly. Garlic, cilantro and parsley also boast anti-cellulite effects by removing heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals make cellulite appear more pronounced by enlarging fat cells.
7) Coconut Milk & Oil
Dr. Oz says not to be deceived by the high fat content in coconut. The medium-chain fats found in coconuts break down more quickly in the liver to increase your metabolism and energy, which in turn, can help you burn fat, even that stubborn belly fat. And coconut is renowned for its beauty benefits, leaving your skin radiant, your hair healthy and your eyes bright. Opt for unsweetened coconut milk and unrefined virgin coconut oil. Refined oil isn’t as antioxidant-rich, but it does have a milder taste. Coconut is a tree nut, so allergies beware.
*As always, before introducing any diet modifications, it’s always important to discuss any changes with your doctor.*