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Support your immune system in the winter months

Support your immune system in the winter months

It’s that time of the year again, when the first colds and flu of the season start to appear. Our lifestyle and nutrition can have an influence on our immune system and the way we responds to minor illnesses. Have you ever noticed how we […]

My 7 rules for a healthy diet

My 7 rules for a healthy diet

As a health coach and Pilates instructor, I get asked all the time, how do you eat in a healthy way? Many wonder whether I eat carbs at all or if I live off fruits juices. None of the two, I have to say, and […]

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

 

Apart from practicing other ways of detoxifying your body, you can also include some food in your daily salad. Along with nutrition, rocket is peppery and has chlorophyll, aiding liver detoxification. Radish is rich in vitamin C, folates, and riboflavin, thus helping the liver get rid of bilirubin. Dandelion is highly diuretic and helps in kidney detoxification. Potassium and phytonutrients present in cucumber aids in kidney detoxification.

This article was  originally written for CureJoy but I decided to re-publish on here as detox seems always to be one of the hottest topics. Detox is one of the hottest topics in the healthy living community. Our bodies are continually detoxifying but somewhat we are led to believe that periodically, we need to “rinse out” the toxins from our system. We are used to seeking all sorts of detox rituals – many are harmless and others are somewhat extreme and dangerous.

My take is to simply consume some vegetables and spices that aid the natural detoxification process of the body, mainly helping the liver, kidney, and the whole digestive system. One of the simplest ways is to add vegetables that aid detoxification in your daily salad to increase flavor and health.

  1. Rocket. considered as one of the most nutritious green leafy vegetables – with its peppery and distinctive taste – rocket is a wonderful addition to every salad. I would suggest choosing the wild variety and the one of the greenest (deeper in color) as it is the richest in chlorophyll that has been proven to aid liver detoxification. Part of the Brassica family (the same as cabbage and broccoli), it contains glucosinolates that seem to help with phase-2 of liver detoxification.
  2. Radish. This little powerhouse is full of beneficial properties. Another member of the Brassica family, it is a little powerhouse of nutrients too. Rich in vitamin C, folates, and riboflavin, it has a slightly peppery taste that can help with the digestive process. It contains glucosinolates and it seems to be particularly helpful in helping the liver get rid of bilirubin – a bio-product of red cell-waste production.
  3. Cucumber. Light and fresh, cucumber is always a winner in salads. Rich in potassium and other vitamins & phytonutrients, it has shown anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants properties. It is mildly diuretic and will mainly help the kidney in its daily detox.
  4. Dandelion. greens.Similar to rocket but with a slightly bitter taste, dandelion is full of nutrients and benefits. Highly diuretic; it can help the kidney in its detoxification process, whilst helping the liver regulate the flow of the bile – essential for the digestion of fats. Due to its highly diuretic effect, use in moderation and check its interaction with some medications.

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