Spring Cleansing

posted on March 31, 2014

It has been a long and bitter winter and, at last, the season of change is upon us.  No better way to give your body a break from those hearty winter comfort foods than to embark on a spring detox!

 

When most people think of detox diets they think of restriction…avoid this, avoid that.  And although this is important to cleanse the body, what is equally important is what you do eat!

 

Here are a few fabulously detoxifying foods that you can enjoy in plentiful quantities to help restore and boost your immune and detoxification systems.

 

The GREEN goodies:

  • Asparagus – Ahh, the perfect side veg! It boosts your liver function and is protective for many chronic diseases.
  • Kale – high in antioxidants and wonderfully anti-inflammatory.  Excellent for your kidneys.
  • Broccoli – increases liver metabolism and protects the liver
  • Artichoke – increases bile to purge toxins.
  • Avocado – Worried about the fat? Don’t.  This fruit is packed with monounsaturated fats…the good stuff!
  • Dandelion greens – powerful liver tonic and can be sued to treat liver conditions
  • Green Tea – loaded with antioxidants, called catechins, and nutrients galore.  Studies show it is protective for heart disease and cancer and can aid weight loss.  Want a super charged green tea?  Try Matcha powder.

 

Nothing is more awakening for the body than CITRUS:

  • Lemon – helps flush out toxins and aids digestion
  • Grapefruit – thrust the liver into action mode for super detoxification

 

Get to the ROOT:

  • Ginger – cleanses the body by stimulating digestion, blood flow and sweat
  • Garlic – rich with sulfur, it can push heavy toxins out of the body
  • Turmeric – one of the most studied herbs for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Promoting of all detoxification systems

 

Looking for a great detoxifying start to your day?  Try this breakfast smoothie

 

The Green Get-Up

Ingredients: (try for organic if you can)

  1. 1.5 leaves of kale
  2. 1 tbsp shaved ginger (if you have a high powered blender, just put a 1 inch cube in)
  3. 2 tbsp Hemp hearts
  4. 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  5. ¼ avacado
  6. ½ apple or banana to sweeten
  7. 2-3 ice cubes
  8. cover with water or half water half hemp or almond milk

Optional – 2 tsp of real maple syrup, matcha powder instead of avacado

If one of these ingredients doesn’t appeal to, just leave it out J

 

Blend to oblivion and enjoy!