Five Best Foods to Detox Your Body

BRAND’S® Article - Five Best Foods to Detox Your Body

You’ve probably been there before – craving for fried, sugary or indulgent foods after a hard day’s work, believing that you deserve the treat. Or giving in to the temptation of upsizing your meal, thinking that you can lose the extra calories simply by working out harder the next day.

The reality is, every ‘small’ treat that you give yourself adds up. That’s why it’s important to detox your body to purge it of the accumulated fats and sugar before they lead to bigger health problems. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a complicated detox programme that leaves you hungry and frustrated. All we are simply suggesting is to incorporate five healthy foods into your diet that can help your body to detox.

1. Garlic

This condiment is rich in allicin, a powerful compound that aids in the flushing out of toxins from the liver, digestive tract and bloodstream. Allicin also supports the immune system by helping to fight off viruses. Here’s a quick and easy garlic recipe – roast an entire bulb of garlic, then mash it together with some cooked potatoes and sour cream to create a tasty homemade spread or dip.

2. Leafy greens

Dark, leafy greens such as arugula, kale and spinach are packed with chlorophyll, which cleanses the blood and supports the liver in the detox process. Chlorophyll is also known to help with the neutralisation of toxic substances including pesticides, whose presence in your body is more common than you think.

3. Beetroot

This distinctively coloured root vegetable cleanses the blood of toxins, and helps the body to get rid of harmful substances so that they don't get reabsorbed. It’s also high in antioxidants, iron and fibre. For a light meal, try making a bowl of creamy beet soup with ginger and coconut milk.

4. Lemons

When life gives you lemons, well, include them in your diet! Lemons are filled with vitamin C and antioxidants. Best of all, they can help to neutralise and flush out toxins from your body. Make a jug of lemonade and pop it in the fridge, so you can enjoy a cool and refreshing drink throughout the day.

5. Sesame seeds

An extract of the sesame seed, known as sesamin, is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects that help to protect the liver and lower blood cholesterol. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over stir-fried dishes for extra nutrients and flavour.

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