Detoxing with Superfoods
With the festive season well and truly passed, February feels a great time to freshen things up. And with the general vibe of Feb-Fast in the air, many of us are on our own paths to do so with a detox.
Our bodies are always detoxing internal and external substances; it’s the primary function of the liver and kidneys. Our overall aim is to reduce foods and practices in our lifestyle that overload our body’s natural detox functions such as refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, drugs, tobacco and chemicals.
During a concentrated period of detox and beyond, what we then aim to do is feed our bodies the nutrition it needs to improve and support the detoxification pathways. Vegetables are key to do this, with some in particular that truly improve detox and elimination.
GREENS: particularly bitter greens such as rocket, witlof, radicchio, watercress and dandelion are great for digestion, healthy bowel function, packed full of nutrition, help purify your blood by acting as a diuretic and stimulate the liver for detoxification. They’re easy to eat as an accompaniment to main meals. If you’re looking to boost your green intake further, then Bioglan Multigreens will help you. This wonderful combination of supergreens, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and plant proteins will aid detoxification and improve your nutrition status. Just add to water to enjoy at any time of day.
ALGAE: the plants of the sea (chlorella, spirulina, dulse, kelp) are dense sources of minerals to support the elimination of heavy metals and help alkalise the body. Bioglan Spirulina is one of my go to superfoods for both detoxification and energy. Whilst detoxing and to improve overall energy, start at one serve daily (1/2 teaspoon) with the aim to increase to three serves daily to optimize your nutrition.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGES : there’s a good reason we all hail kale and its family, and that is because as a group of vegetables, they have the greatest density of isothiocyanates out of all the vegetable groups. Isothiocyanates are the friends we want to detox with, as they activate the enzymes for both phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification pathways. To get a hit of the isothio-army then aim to increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbages. Steamed, baked, on occasion raw these all go well, but to keep on hand always is Bioglan Superfoods Kale Powder. This is brilliant added to eggs, smoothies, breads and savoury crackers and a must have in the pantry.
Whilst detox may be something you are considering embarking on during February, remember the importance of maintaining practices beyond the detox period. Planning, prep and maintenance is the key to success and ensuring positive change in your health for the long term.