Foods you should consume for a healthier you
Do you often feel sluggish and tired? Are you struggling to fit into that favourite dress of yours? Do you put on pounds as effortlessly as a hot knife cutting through butter? Do you fall sick more often than your peers?
If you answered yes to any of the above, we’re here to help! Years of unhealthy eating and a poorly constructed diet can lead to an accumulation of toxins in your body. This can lead to a low metabolic rate and a weakened immune system. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat! We have put together a list of foods you can consume to help your body detox, the natural way. 🙂
Vampires are afraid of them, but you shouldn’t be. Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to lessen blood pressure levels. Garlic can work to de-clog your arteries from years of buildup, reducing cholesterol levels without the need for long-term usage of medications. Some people also swear by raw garlic to flush out parasites from their bodies! What are you waiting for? Ingest all the garlic you can!
Just make sure you’ve some mints on hand to get rid of that garlic breath
Grapefruits, sisters to oranges! It contains very few calories and is extremely rich in flavour! Other than facilitating weight loss, it also helps to reduce cellulite, fight cancer, boost immunity, reduce the chances of stroke, and improve skin health! Pro tip: If you’re not a fan of its sourish, bitter taste, try sprinkling it with salt. You’ll be amazed by how much sweeter it tastes!
- Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and limes contain enzymes that help the body cleanse and flush out toxins, jump-starting the digestive tract. They also contain heaps of vitamin C which fights infections by producing white blood cells and raising the level of interferon. Interferon is a compound that has anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. Vitamin C is also essential in the growth and repair of body tissues. It helps to lower cholesterol levels, acts as an antioxidant and reduces blood pressure. Do take note not to overdo it as an overdose of vitamin C can lead to diarrhoea, cramps and nausea!
- Green tea
Green tea is not only loaded with antioxidants which help your body fight against diseases, it also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins which are known to increase liver function. If you don’t already know, the liver primarily processes nutrients from food, makes bile, removes toxins from the body and builds proteins. SO it’s essential to keep your liver in good shape! Also, do you know that green tea extract is a common ingredient in weight-loss supplements because it helps you burn fat and boost metabolism? Matcha green tea ice-cream anyone?
Last but not least, always remember to hydrate! People often forget the importance of staying hydrated. Water makes up a huge percentage (~65%) of our body. If your body is not hydrated enough, your kidneys won’t have enough fluid to function properly. Kidneys eliminate toxins and waste products from the blood and urine, and process water-soluble toxins from the liver. So when you’re dehydrated, instead of flushing toxins and waste out through the bladder, your body ends up holding on to toxins instead!
Water has zero calories and fills your tummy up so there will be lesser room for junk! Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday for healthy, smooth, supple skin that glows from within. Start your day right with a glass of warm water on an empty stomach. It helps in the cleansing of the colon, helping your intestines absorb nutrients better. It prevents constipation and keeps your gut health in tip-top condition.
Always maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy! Happy detoxing!
In good hands,