There’s nothing quite like the energy of springtime. Spring is what I like to think of ‘Mother Nature’s New Year.’ The season invites us to shed the weighty baggage (pun intended) that we may have incurred over winter and bring in a new, fresh outlook on our lives and on ourselves.
There is undoubtedly a fresh vitality and renewed desire that comes with spring to make positive changes in our lives that reflect the positive changes of nature.
Too deep? Sorry. Must be all the effects of the fresh spring air.
If this past winter (or even just the past few months for you Northern Hemisphere-ers) has left you feeling lethargic and sluggish, now is the time to rejuvenate your body and do a spring clean on yourself.
One of the best things about food is that they have different healing properties and characteristics, one in particular being that they have the ability to cleanse. No matter what your health goal, making a conscious effort to eat these naturally cleansing foods is a great way to start feeling better and cleaner.
Here is a list of ten foods that naturally detoxify and cleanse our bodies:
Apples are high in pectin, which is a chemical that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals, making it an excellent cleanser for the liver and the intestines.
We all know avocados have numerous health benefits, but they contain a powerful nutrient called glutathione. This chemical aids the liver in detoxifying synthetic chemicals.
Beets are powerful liver cleansers. They are super nourishing as well as a fantastic source of iron.
What CAN’T these superfoods do? Blueberries work against inflammation and contain an antibiotic-like chemical that blocks harmful bacteria in the urinary tract. It also has the ability to block harmful toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier!
Although it doesn’t have the best rep, cabbage has numerous cancer-fighting antioxidants and supports the liver in breaking down excess hormones. It’s an excellent cleansing food to the digestive tract and liver also.
Fresh, crunchy celery acts as a powerful blood cleanser and contains anti-cancer compounds that detoxify cancer cells from the body.
Cranberry has antibiotic and antiviral substances that remove harmful bacteria and viruses found in the urinary tract.
Although it doesn’t do wonders for your breath, fresh garlic cleanses bacteria and viruses form your body, particularly in the blood and intestines. It’s excellent for shedding congestion as it aids the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up.
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without Kale. Kale (or any similar leafy greens) has amazing anticancer and antioxidant properties, binding to dangerous compounds from cigarette smoke and cleaning the liver.
Lemon is an amazing detoxifier, and contains a high amount of vitamin C – essential for the production of liver cleansing compounds in your body.