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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- Half a packet of baby kale 45 gr
- 4-5 radicchio rosso leaves
- 4-5 black pitted olives
- few thin slices of cucumber for garnish
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- A dash of lemon juice
- Sea salt to taste
Simply wash and prepare all the leaves, chop them roughly and put them in salad bowl with the olives cut in half. Add the seasoning as described above and enjoy!
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A seasonal, gluten-free unusual but super delicious salad, rich in nutrients and easy to make, great to use up all those quinoa leftovers! All in under 15 min….
Preparation time 12/15 min
- 30/40 grams of quinoa ( uncooked)
- 1 salmon fillet ( preferably organic)
- a handful of baby spinach leaves
- 4-6 strawberries
- 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic cloves
- 2 lemon slices
- a dash of fresh lemon juice (optional)
- a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil
Place the quinoa in a pot with water to cook ( ratio are 1 part of quinoa + 2 parts of water) bring it to boil and then let it simmer until cooked. In the meantime cook the salmon fillet in a non-stick pan with a sprinkle of olive oil, the garlic and 1 slice of lemon.
While the salmon is cooking, prepare the spinach leaves cutting them in small strips, the strawberries cut in half of four according to big they are, and the spring onions, and place then in a bowl. Sprinkle them with a tiny amount of olive oil and let them rest for a minute so that the natural juices and flavor of the strawberries rub on each other.
When the quinoa is ready add to the mix of vegetables and place in a serving plate together with the salmon. Healthy and delicious!