Big weekend? Just finished an indulgent holiday? Or maybe you just feel like it’s time to give your body a break?
Whilst there are a number of fancy diets and programs you can pay alot of money for that promise to be the cutting edge in detoxifying your body, detoxing is not as hard as you may think. Certain Superfoods are packed full of nutrients to support detoxification and help recharge & rejuvenate your body. The great thing about superfoods over complicated detox diets? They are super easy to incorporate into our diet.
Why do we need to detox?
Every day we come in contact with numerous amounts of harmful chemicals, in the air we breathe, food and beverages we consume, even the products we put on our body (one study revealed that the average woman puts at least 500 chemicals on her body daily). These chemicals all put a strain on our bodies and can leave us feeling tired and unwell. During a ‘detox‘, we are trying to limit our body’s exposure to these chemicals, whilst supplying our body with nutrient dense food. All of this is designed to help process and eliminate these toxins, which helps improve energy, digestion, immune system and overall health. Once or twice a year it’s good to give our body a break from these toxins and help kick start its ability to remove them.
Nourish your body with superfoods
1. Boost your antioxidants with Acai
Acai berry is a superfood high in antioxidants – it has 23x more antioxidant power than blueberries! The antioxidants and plant sterols of this super berry help to protect your cells against damage from toxins, strengthen your immune system and boost your energy.
You can take Acai as a supplement or use Acai + Berry powder into your cereal, juices, smoothies or baking. An easy way to boost your daily antioxidant intake.
2. Support your liver with Beetroot
This superfood is particularly important for detoxifying the liver. Our liver is responsible for filtering our blood, it detoxifies chemicals from the body and processes nutrients and regulates our metabolism. The liver can is susceptible to damage from fat accumulation, excessive alcohol, viral infections, iron or copper accumulation, toxic damage and cancer. Beetroot has a protective effect on the liver and is rich in betain, which helps the livers detoxification process. Plus it contains nitrates that help to relax blood vessels to improve circulation and support healthy blood pressure.
Beetroot is naturally sweet and can be added to smoothies, juices, cereal, baking, soups and yoghurt. You can also just mix with water and drink it straight.
3. Vitamin rich Spirulina
Nature’s multivitamin – packed with more than 100 nutrients. Spirulina is an algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Spirulina is another green superfood great for boosting your energy and supporting heart eye brain and immune health. During a detox it is important to fuel your body with nutrient dense foods so that you maintain your energy levels.
Spirulina can be added to your shake or juice. It can also be incorporated into your soups sauces or salad dressings.
4. Wholefood Smoothie
During a detox it’s nice to give your digestive system a break from processed food. Bioglan Wholefood Smoothie is easy to digest and full of nutrients for long lasting energy. You can use this to replace a main meal or as a morning or afternoon snack, with 17.8g of protein per serve (when prepared with milk) this superfood shake won’t leave you feeling hungry. It provides 7 serves of supergreens and vegetables perfect for cleansing and alkalising your body. It contains fibre and probiotics for healthy digestion and is packed full of antioxidants to protect you from free radical damage.
Quick and easy to make, just mix with you favourite type of milk or water and shake well.
5. Hydrating Coconut Water
This tropical superfood is full of electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in your blood that are responsible for the proper functioning of our nerves and muscles. Coconuts are great substitute for those colourful sports drinks which a full of sugar, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
The main ingredient to a great detox is to hydrate and get things moving throughout your digestive system. Coconut water is a great way to rehydrate and cleanse your digestive tract.
You can used a Coconut water powder and simply mix it with water or add to juices and smoothies, or you can use it in cooking, baking, on cereals and in yoghurt.
Where to start
Choose a week in the diary, clear the pantry of temptation and stock up on all nutritious food you need and you will breeze through your detox in no time. It is beneficial to do a detox twice a year but you can still incorporate healthier habits into your day to day lifestyle.
What to skip
- Caffeine – tea, coffee, soft drinks
- Grains – wheat, bread, pasta, rice, biscuits
- Dairy – except natural yoghurt
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Processed and fried foods
- Meat – beef, lamb and pork
Foods that nourish (include these foods!)
- Water (2-3 liters a day)
- Lean protein (chicken, fish, tofu)
- Legumes (beans, lentils, chick peas)
- Organic eggs
- The Bioglan Superfoods listed above
- Raw nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamias, walnuts) and seeds (chia, sesame and pumpkin)
- Herbal teas – green tea, dandelion, red clover
For those caffeine addicts – be prepared, you might feel headaches and lethargy as your body detoxifies from the caffeine, but you will feel an improvement in a couple of days.