My early twenties were filled with working out, crazy exercise regimes, martial arts and pushing my body to it’s limits to obtain what I thought was the perfect figure. What I wouldn’t give up though, was the 4am after-club KFC detours and random pizza, cheese burger and beer fests.
As I sailed into my mid and late twenties, I realised that as effective as the strenuous exercise was in toning and losing centimetres, I was still feeling sluggish and ‘meh’ on the inside.
Also, with things becoming more hectic in other aspects of my life, waking up at the crack of dawn every second day to road run became less appealing.
I became aware of what I was putting into my body. That my choices were not always the best ones, and that I needed to start customising my diet to fit my lifestyle and to ensure that my organs, skin and muscles are healthy too.
Here are the things which slow down your body’s metabolism and detoxification process:
1. Dairy products
2. Processed foods
3. Tap water
5. White flour
6. Artificial sweeteners, aspartame etc.
7. Soft drinks
9. High intake of fatty red meat.
Enter the age of detox.
Listed below are some of the foods which are pivotal in detoxing your system.
Cauliflower: This antioxidant rich cruciferous veggie aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation.
Broccoli: A strong detoxifier, broccoli neutralizes and eliminates toxins while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins.
Turnip Greens: A potent detoxifier, this cruciferous veggie also has been found to help prevent many types of cancer and is a great for reducing inflammation.
Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar and even increases your energy.
Grapefruit: This fiber-rich sweet and tangy fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones and aids the digestive system.
Cucumber: Nutrient-dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body.
Steel Cut Oats: High in both soluble and insoluble fiber, oats will keep you satiated and your digestive system moving.
Sunflower Seeds: High in selenium and vitamin E, sunflower seeds aid the liver’s ability to detox a wide range of potentially harmful molecules. In addition, they help prevent cholesterol build up in the blood and arteries.
Hemp Seeds: These tiny nutritional powerhouses are an excellent source of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, are an easily digestible plant based protein, have a strong anti-inflammatory effect and also aid in elimination.
Consume nuts and seeds in limited amounts, not more than 1 ounce a day. Nuts and seeds are high in fibre. They help speed detoxification. They are high in protein, vitamin E., essential fatty acids, and minerals. They help protect cells from oxidizing. They also have been shown to play a role in supporting the immune system. Eat one tablespoon of ground flax seed every day while detoxing.
The fact that one is able to incorporate these foods into ones every day meals and NOT need to go on a “diet” (which has become a dirty word affiliated with much fad and frustration) is brilliant.
Remember, starving your body is not loving your body.