16 Detox-friendly Foods
Think you couldn’t handle a detox? We challenge you to contemplate these foods and not salivate!
Beetroot is a superfood is packed with health-promoting antioxidants and nutrients such as beta-carotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C and iron. It is also an excellent source of soluble fibre.
Cashews are packed with essential fatty acids, critical for brain and nervous system performance.
Chia seeds contain about 32 per cent omega-3 fats, which are essential for cardiovascular health, a healthy brain and nervous system and soft skin. Just 100g of chia seeds contain as much calcium as two cups of milk, making them beneficial for bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis.
Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals.
One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
Salmon’s amazing omega-3 fatty acids can help support brain function by improving memory, as well as boosting eye health and lowering the triglycerides that in turn can help prevent heart disease. It doesn’t stop there: selenium in the fish can help protect the body from free radical damage, while it’s also a good source of protein and vitamin D.
Researchers say kiwifruit may help prevent the development of diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as heart failure, cancer and Parkinson’s.
Red meat is an excellent source of iron, iodine and vitamin B12.
Vegetarian iron is found in green leafy vegetables, soybeans, lentils and prunes, and is absorbed better with vitamin C. Squeeze lemon juice over your lentil dahl.
Mangoes taste incredible and a 200g serve (the equivalent of less than one mango) provides you with up to three times your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Pears contain flavonoids that can improve insulin sensitivity, which can help control type 2 diabetes.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids, making it a good choice for vegetarians.
Chicken is a fantastically versatile, lean source of protein, and protein has been shown to help women lose weight.
Increasing the amount of green vegetables in your diet may slash your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 14 per cent.
Sweet potatoes have been shown stabilise blood-sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance. They contain a high amount of fibre, which also helps to reduce levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body.
Sprout, such as mung beans and alfalfa, are good sources of protein, vitamin A, niacin and calcium, making them a nice boost for your muscles, skin, metabolism and bone health.