The top 6 detoxing ingredients Add 'em to your smoothie
Out with the old, in with the new! While the jury is still out on whether our organs need to detox, it can’t hurt to lend a helping hand with these cleansing ingredients, says clinical naturopath, author and O Superfood spokesperson, Emma Sutherland.
The idea of cleansing is to restore, replenish as well as give vital organs a break from food it has trouble detoxifying and digesting. Our liver is the second largest organ in the body and although its job is to detoxify, it doesn’t appreciate the extra load. With 70% of our immune system in our gut, there’s even more reason to take care of it.
Here are the best ingredients for cleansing. Try to add some into your diet every day, or better still, you can mix a bunch of these ingredients into a smoothie which will help to nourish your body while not working your digestive system too hard.
1. Aloe vera
Detoxifies your gut by increasing the tone of your colon. It is made up of a large variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals and it has natural healing and detoxifying benefits. It works gently with the intestinal tract to help break down impacted food residues and thoroughly cleanses the bowel. I generally take it as a shot with liquid chlorophyll.
2. Barley grass
Helps detoxify heavy metals from the body so it is a brilliant addition to your diet. The enzyme rich food provides vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, beta carotene and more.
We have all heard that we should start the day with warm lemon water time and time again, and yes, that old wives tale is true.
Lemon helps to cleanse your system by flushing out waste more efficiently. It also stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aids digestion.
4. Bone broth
The gelatin found in bone broth attracts and holds liquids to help heal the gut and support proper digestion. Consuming bone broth is also a very easy way to also reduce inflammation and protect against infection.
Bone broth contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chondroitin and glucosamine. You can drink it on its own or put it into a soup or stew. There are a few bone broth smoothies being offered nowadays too.
5. Fermented vegetables
Think pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi. All of these fermented vegetables are potent detoxifiers because they have high levels of probiotics in them. Furthermore, they help to break down and eliminate other toxins and heavy metals from the body
6. Yerba Mate Tea
It has been said that this traditional South American brew has the strength of coffee, the benefit of tea and the euphoria of chocolate.
Yerba Mate Tea has long been used as a stimulant, overall tonic and digestive aid, weight loss ingredient and relief from nerve pain, fatigue and allergies. It is also rich in many vitamin and minerals including vitamins A, C, B, E as well as calcium, iron, magnesium and more.
More digestive friendly tips:
- Add ingredients that reduce inflammation such as turmeric, ginger, berries, chia seeds, kale and spinach.
- Not all fruits are good for digestion, so pay attention to how you feel after eating it.
- Eat smaller but more frequent meals. It wouldn’t hurt to have one of your meals in smoothie form to help boost digestion and nutrition.
- Beware of pre-packaged juice. Some juice bars will add in sugary apple juice or orange juice as a ‘filler’. Unfortunately, they are usually high in sugar, low in fibre, nutrition and they may promote inflammation.
- Get healthy on Bodypass
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