After a long winter of feasting on tubs of ice-cream in front of your favourite TV series, and late night walks to the fridge, you might be feeling like you need to rejuvenate your body for Spring. “Detoxification” is the removal, or flushing out, of toxins from the body. Every day, we absorb toxins in the form of preservatives, pesticides, stimulants, and heavy metals through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Humans today consume way too much sugar, caffeine, and processed foods, all while getting little to no exercise. Many also lead stressful lives, and stress has been proven to slow down the body’s natural detox function. That’s why detoxing is necessary to boost your immune system, to help your body flush out the toxins we are regularly exposed to.
Add these 10 foods to your diet to help detoxify, refresh, and hydrate your body, just in time for spring and summer!
Avocados are high in fibre and healthy fats. It contains glutathione, a nutrient that can block up to 30 carcinogens as well as detox your liver. Avocados also help in reducing sugar cravings.
Grapefruit is known to be a fat burner. It also helps treat diabetes, boosts the immune system and lowers cholesterol. Munch on some grapefruit before a meal and you’ll end up eating much less!
Mmmm, dreaming of Sri Lanka’s pineapples right now. Pineapples don’t just taste good, they aid digestion and cleanse your colon. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory!
In summer, I slice a whole watermelon in half, stick a spoon in it, and can’t stop myself from eating till it’s all gone! Watermelon is a great diuretic, ridding your body of toxins through urine. Watermelon contains citrulline, which removes ammonia from the body, and arginine that regulates blood flow. It also helps reduce inflammation and prevents wrinkles.
5. Lemon Water
Drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning cleanses your body and alkalizes it. It improves digestion and detoxifies the liver. It also helps stabilise the body’s pH levels and flushes out toxins.