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01.15.12

5 Foods to Detox

Wellness

By: Candice Kumai

Sick of feeling sluggish, tired, bloated and fat? Want to get that hot bod into pristine shape? Feel like getting rid of all the toxins, dirt and past debauchery off your shoulder? Well then, a detox might be for you! If you’re not ready to fully commit to a detox yet then try cutting carbs, alcohol (moderate!), dairy, sugar and caffeine from your current diet, and start adding in these top 5 foods to stay shiny and new! Remember to always drink more water + eat more greens! And be well sister.

TEA: The polyphenols in tea leaves help to detoxify the body naturally, while popular herbal “detox” teas (that I LOVE) contain a blend of herbs with special detoxification and cleansing properties. Herbal and detoxification teas don’t usually tend to carry caffeine. Always check labels!

CABBAGE: A natural diuretic that is used to help expel excess fluids in the body. Cabbage is made up of approximately 92% water. You’d probably burn more calories chewing cabbage than anything. Cabbage is known for being a perfect source of many essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, and it’s also a rich source of vitamin C, K, E, A and folic acid.

GARLIC: Ahhh yes, the superfood of the century, although it’s not one that you want to consume on your first or second hot date. So exclude garlic for dating, but include it for a great slammin’ detox. Garlic can help to lower your bad cholesterol, prevent cardiovascular disease and also help to de-stress. Wow.. need I say more?

GREENS: Green plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract. The chlorophyll in these plant-based foods will rid the body of harmful environmental toxins, as well as aiding the liver in detoxification. This superfood is a blood cleanser, a natural antibiotic, and it also reduces blood fats, thinning the blood and lowering blood pressure. Now that’s pretty awesome. Can’t get enough? Well then,  Here’s more on Greens!

WATER!: Are you surprised? I mean the best things in life are free, right? Including water! Don’t be afraid to down a few cups in the morning, throughout the day, before any meal and of course during and after a workout. Water will help to flush your kidneys, liver and will also help to hydrate your body from head to toe. Get smart. Drink more water.

Detoxifying the body is a MUST. Definitely learn to cleanse the mind, body, and soul more often and reap all of the bennies. Here’s to a happy, healthy, new cleansed you! xx ♥ck

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