Detox Superfoods & How to Enjoy them!

Detox Superfoods & How to Enjoy them!

Posted by Joy McCarthy on Jan 22, 2013 | Wellness And Balance

January is without a doubt the most popular time to do a detox and get a fresh new start to the New Year! Rather than subscribing to the notion that you have to starve yourself for days on a restrictive cleanse, I encourage you to eat, eat, eat; but eat the “right" foods.

Here are some of my favourite naturally detoxifying foods:

Beets can’t be beaten!

They are one of Mother Nature’s sweetest treasures and boast detoxifying minerals including iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium. Beets contain betaine, a substance that encourages the liver to get rid of toxins. They are also a good source of fiber, which helps cleanse the colon and promotes bile.  Remember not to toss out those leafy greens attached to the root because they are loaded with vitamin C, another nutrient essential for liver health.

My favourite way to enjoy beets is by roasting them with some olive oil and rosemary and then topping them with some crumbled goat cheese. If you purchase them organic, you do not need to remove the peel as long as you wash them really well. Beets have a wonderful earthy flavour and they are perfect served chilled the next day as well.

Get stinky with garlic.

No detox plan should ever be without garlic.  It's a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic (meaning, it’s not only good to ward off vampires but it kills pathogenic microbes). Garlic is very high in sulfur and all foods high in this trace mineral protect the liver from damage and improve the livers ability to help with detoxification processes.

Garlic is best enjoyed raw for its medicinal properties because the active compound called “allicin” is mostly destroyed by heat. I love combining freshly chopped tomatoes, basil and fresh garlic with a good dose of extra-virgin olive oil and high quality Celtic sea salt and spreading it on a high fiber cracker.

Lemons.

It’s always easy to convince everyone because who doesn't love the taste of lemon? This fabulous fruit not only tastes refreshingly delicious but it stimulates the release of enzymes that help the liver detoxify. Lemons also help convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body.

Drinking half of a freshly squeezed lemon in a large glass of warm water every morning on an empty stomach is extremely alkalinizing for the body and will help to balance out the acidity of food you may have previously consumed. I also suggest making a simple salad dressing with fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and a dollop of local honey.

If you are looking for unique ways to incorporate these foods into your diet, check our Recipe Zone for healthy and delicious ideas!