As a holistic fitness professional, I cannot emphasize enough why people should adopt a detox-based diet for optimal health. The word diet is overused in modern society but rather it is important to incorporate foods that help the body detox and eliminate toxins.
Many of our everyday fruits, vegetables and herbs aide in this process along with filling the body with necessary vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes to aide in overall wellbeing.
The body primarily detoxes through the fecal waste, urine, perspiration and respiration. The body cannot hold or contain toxins for too long, which is why we eliminate waste. Diseases like Crohn's is deadly because if perforations develop in the intestine, bile and waste leaks into the blood stream, which overloads the body with toxins that can lead to traumatic issues.
Your health is NOT a joke.
We've become SO disconnected to our body, mind and spirit that we have become irrational in understanding how human physiology works. In a spiritual sense, we've disconnected from the sacredness that says, "your body is a temple."
We need to understand that what you consume will drastically help or hinder your health in the long term. Millions of people around the world suffer from heavy metal poisoning because everything in modern society has either been laced with chemicals (example: pesticides) or from Environmental pollution.
If you are ready to improve your health, and want to make a "radical" change....all you need to do is to start incorporating more fruits, vegetables and herbs in your diet to help rid and cleanse the body of its waste and toxic overload.
This is probably one of the most important pieces of produce to consume on a continuous basis. The liver goes through a variety of phases to detox toxins.
Beets contain phytonutrients called betalains that support the stage 2 detoxification process of the liver. Consuming beets increases glutathione, which is used for almost every cell in the body to remove toxins.
Beets are also important for expecting mothers since its high amount of the B vitamin folate is known to reduce the risk of birth defects and the traces of folic acid help develop the growing fetus.
Beets thin the bile making it easier to transport it to the intestinal tract and colon. This is also made possible because of its high fiber content.
Check out some of my beet recipes below!
Kale is another powerful vegetable that is packed full of fiber and nutrients. Kale is alkaline that neutralizes that blood, and kale’s phytonutrients, such as kaempferol and quercetin neutralizes inflammation. Kale contains high amounts of Vitamin C, which benefits immune health, and contains chlorophyll and sulforaphane that are two powerful cancer-fighting agents.
Check out my favorite kale recipes below!
Parsley contains many of the essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C and K and minerals iron and potassium. As a natural diuretic, parsley eliminates excess fluid without ridding of potassium. It also contains chlorophyll, which improves detoxification and supports weight loss. The folate and Vitamin C contents also aides in immune function, which is no surprise as to why parsley is used to flavor soups!
Check out some of my recipes that contain parsley!
This is one of the most powerful food and herb on the planet. This tiny little root herb is one of the greatest anti-cancer foods. Turmeric is loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc, with vitamins C, E and K.
Studies have shown that turmeric aides in the liver detoxification and can prevent liver disease. Some studies showed that turmeric provided therapeutic potential for treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Something as small and powerful as this root has been linked to reversing liver damage caused by alcohol and other ingested toxins.
Check out some of my turmeric recipes below!
Broccoli is another powerful detox vegetable, similar to kale. Along with turmeric its been known as one of the best anti-cancer foods as well as helps the body detox the liver.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which fights off infectious cells in the body. Three of the most powerful nutrients include glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin, which neutralize and eliminate unwanted contaminant.
Since the body detoxes in a two step process, broccoli is a food that provides nutrients that work in both stages. The glucosinolates aide in phase one, and the sulforaphane contents aide in the second phase. Broccoli contains more vitamin A + C than a single orange.
Check out my favorite broccoli recipes below!
Eating and fruit, vegetable, root or herb will help the body naturally detox. These five are known for its powerful effect not only in cleansing the liver, but aiding in disease prevention. Your body and immune system is powerful, and it becomes more powerful with a cleaner and healthier diet.
While exploring the countryside of Colorado, I discovered a place called Eatery66 in Ridgway, Colorado. Needing some greens, I ordered the detox salad and it was by far one of the best salads I ever had. It came with a very light, oil-free turmeric dressing.
I could not figure out taste-wise, every ingredient but I wanted to replicate this the best I could. Since it was light, it was not like your traditional tahini recipe that has flavors that would go into hummus.
The dressing recipe has been adapted from the full helping blog that was the closest I could get to Eatery66's recipe.
As I've mentioned before, it is of the most utter importance to ramp up your immunity.
Raw vegetables in general aide in the detoxifying process; however, some ingredients are more powerful than others. Beets are the one ingredient that detoxifies every cell in the body. Turmeric, also known as the queen of spices, has properties like antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, to anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory usages. Turmeric is packed with nutrients such as dietary fiber, protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc, with vitamins C, E and K.
The great news is that I am demonstrating this recipe live on Zoom, alongside with my pumpkin curry recipe, with Guided Fitness on October 27, 2021. Feel free to check out my fitness and cooking classes at guided fitness.com/online The registration opens approximately 14 days before the class!
On October 27, 2021 at 6pm PST join me on a Live Stream Cooking Class on Zoom for these two recipes: Pumpkin Curry Soup + Detox Salad w. Turmeric Tahini Dressing. Class is only $5 for the public! Registration can be found at least 2 weeks in advance on GuidedFitness.com/online.
Detox Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing
Prep Time 10 minute
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Carrot ro Radish, grated
Cauliflower rice (optional)
Pumpkin + Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce or Tamara
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 small garlic glove, minced
dash of maple syrup
Mix together the quantity of vegetables you'd like in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until well combined. Drizzle dressing on top of your salad and enjoy!
The dressing is best for 4-5 salads.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com