Food Spa: Clean Up Your Diet
I think we ought to set out from the beginning this is not an article which is going to talk about the ever growing trend of clean eating. What started as a simple concept has now grown into a minefield of rules and regulations which, quite frankly, are almost impossible to keep up with. Instead we are going to focus on a few brilliant changes you can make to your diet to give your body a little detox, without having to break out the juicer and starve yourself for a week.
Firstly, Spirulina. This is an incredible natural algae which, honestly? tastes horrendous. However it is a superhero when it comes to your body and we highly recommend you master the art of holding your nose and knocking it back in a shot. Forget wheatgrass. Spirulina is 65% protein and 95% of that protein is digestible. It contains sources of ALL EIGHT essential amino acids including Omega 3 fatty acids. But the real miracle of this super green powder is it’s natural detoxing power. High in Chlorophyll means it acts as a detox by flushing toxins out of your body. It’s a great boost for your immune system too. Spirulina is also high in betacarotene which is also an antioxidant. Again great for the immune system but also fantastic for the skin. With the ability to raise your resting metabolism too, you can help increase your weight loss. If you truly can’t stomach the taste then you can buy the powder in capsule form and make a small improvement to your diet
Freekeh is going to be part of all the best diets 2017 lists on the internet. This brilliant little grain has been the staple diet for most of Palestine and the Middle East. It has a sort of smoky flavour and delicately green in colour, almost light sage. Freekeh is especially good for helping the body detox because it is packed with fiber and protein, nearly twice as much as quinoa. It also acts like a natural prebiotic so fills your gut with the good bacteria. You definitely need to make room for this in your cupboard if you are looking to cleanse your system without taking drastic actions. Although beware, it is a grain and it does contain gluten so if you are a gluten free diet, you will have to avoid it.
Avocado is like nature’s band aid for your stomach. First off it is packed with plenty of omega 3 which we all know is essential for heart health. However in our stomachs, avocado has proved to be one of the most effective natural healers of the liver really helping to deliver a detox effect and flush out all those nasty toxins. It also has an amazing blend of oils (namely linalool and geranyl acetate) that have proved to have a positive impact on irritable bowel syndrome
So, you don’t have to starve yourself to help your body detox itself. Just learn a little more about the food you put into your body and let nature assist you in doing what you were made to do.
This is a contributed post.