Posted on 04/10/2014 at 12:00 AM by Embria Health Sciences
By: Lisa Metzger, PhD
It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring-cleaning. Not only do I clean out the garage, but I’m also reminded to do a little spring-cleaning in my body as well.
We have several organs in our body that help to clear toxins, and it’s important to make sure that those organs stay healthy and strong. These organs like the liver and kidneys are designed to cleanse the body of toxins, and organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help them stay healthy and in turn improve the immune system. Antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables help to destroy free radicals that can attack and damage our cells. You can also include antioxidant supplements to your diet including Vitamin C and EpiCor, which has been shown to increase antioxidant power in the body as well as strengthen the immune system on many other beneficial levels. Antioxidants are a key component to our immune system’s ability to fight the effects of toxins in the body.
To begin the spring-cleaning of your body, here are some foods – at no surprise – you should try to “clear out” of your diet for a couple of weeks:
- High fructose corn syrup
While you avoid certain foods, you should focus on getting more of others that help your liver and kidneys stay healthy. I’ve found that juicing is a great way to keep your liver healthy and functioning properly. Here are some foods you can try juicing or adding together that will help keep your liver healthy:
- Green leafy vegetables (Ex. spinach, kale)
- Cruciferous vegetables (Ex. broccoli, cauliflower)
- Olive Oil (you can take a couple of tablespoons mixed with fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning to clear the liver)
- Green Tea
- Lemon water
- Grains (Ex. quinoa, amaranth)
- Black Strap Molasses
The kidneys help to filter the blood. They filter out the byproducts of digestion and metabolism. Heavy meats like beef and pork put a burden on you kidneys. Try to limit those to once a week.
On the other hand there are a few foods and beverages that you can take to help keep the kidneys functioning. This includes:
- Dandelion tea
- Cranberry juice (not sweetened)
- Fresh fruits and veggies that are high in fiber (Ex. raspberries, peas)
While helping your liver and kidneys stay healthy, below are a couple of tasty drinks to help revitalize your whole body.
Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Drink
Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day)
1/2 cup pineapple
2 large cucumbers
1 bunch kale without stems (about 4 cups chopped)
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/4 inch of ginger
1 bunch of mint (about 1/2 cup)
Directions: Chop ingredients so they are able to fit into juicer. Juice ingredients one at a time.
Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink
Ingredients: Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day)
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
3 cups water
Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix in a cup. Enjoy!
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