Cleansing Foods for 2020
New Year, New You!
It's almost the New Year, and 2020 seems like the perfect year for new beginnings. If you are setting your intentions and are looking for ways to be more healthy, here are a few foods that will help kick start the cleansing process.
MY FAVORITE CLEANSING FOODS:
Apple cider vinegar – supports proper digestion and has an alkaline effect on body pH
Artichokes – stimulates the liver and gallbladder, contain caffeoylquinic acids, which support bile flow. Good source of inulin, a prebiotic fiber.
Asparagus – high in glutathione and supports urinary function
Avocado – also contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that supports the liver and also a great source of healthy fats that keep you satiated.
Beets and beet greens – supports liver, gallbladder and blood purification. Contain betalains which benefit our cells, especially of the liver.
Celery – excellent hydrator, high in fiber. Contains phytochemicals useful in cancer prevention.
Cilantro – Helps support heavy metal detoxification as well as blood purification.
Cranberries – supports a healthy urinary tract. Native Americans have used cranberries to treat UTIs for centuries. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.
Dandelion greens – bitter compounds help to strengthen digestion and liver function. Contains compounds which have intestinal antiseptic, germicidal, and expectorant effects. Dandelion root is regarded as one of the finest liver remedies.
Kale – loaded with anti-oxidants and supports liver function. High in chlorophyll and carotenes.
Kombucha – fermented tea that supplies probiotics and general detoxification and digestive support, (look for the brands with low sugar content)
Lemons – high in vitamin C, they actually alkalize the body. Contain the phytochemical limonene, which can help dissolve gallstones.
Parsley – supports kidney function. High in chlorophyll, and anti-cancerous volatile oils.
Sauerkraut – fermented cabbage loaded with good bacteria to support colon health.
Seaweed – our most mineral rich foods, thought to support heavy metal detox as well as anti-cancer benefits. Good source of natural iodine which helps support the thyroid.
Turmeric – strong anti-inflammatory properties- use it in everything!
You can add healthy foods to your diet all day long, but if you are still eating junk, the healing process will be a lot slower. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body and try to avoid the foods/substances listed below.
FOODS TO AVOID:
· It is best not to consume sugar in any form other than whole fruit or unrefined sources high in vitamins and minerals like honey and maple syrup.
· Many packaged foods have added sweeteners, so read labels carefully and avoid processed food.
CONVENTIONAL DAIRY PRODUCTS
· Avoid processed dairy, low-fat milks, sweetened yogurts, and other dairy foods that contain dry milk powder or additives.
· Consider keeping some unsweetened raw/fermented products such as homemade yogurt or kefir in your diet if you tolerate dairy.
CONVENTIONALLY RAISED MEATS
· These foods may contain hormones and antibiotic residue
· Grain-fed animal products have a less desirable fatty acid profile and this method of raising animals is detrimental to the environment. Choose grass-fed pasture raise animals and animal products.
NON-SPROUTED WHEAT AND OTHER GRAINS
· When grains aren't prepared properly (soaked or sprouted) they are very hard for us to digest. Look for sprouted products or soak and sprout your own at home before cooking.
· If skipping the coffee is too much, limit to one cup of organic coffee per day.
· Remember for optimal cleansing, it’s best not to consume it.
· Soda is a no.
· Avoid foods that contain additives,preservatives, or "natural flavors".
· Avoid powdered eggs, MSG, and refined foods in general. This includes processed soy and soy/vegetable oil. (Natural and traditional fermented forms of organic soy like edamame, miso, tempeh, and sprouted tofu, are OK.)
10 oz. warm water
1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
½ lemon (squeezed)
1-2 tsp raw honey
Dash of cinnamon
Drink hot or cold- mix all ingredients and drink first thing in the morning when you wake up!