What does our diet have to do with detox? What we eat and drink has a major impact on all our systems, including our detoxification pathways. By choosing foods that support our liver and kidney functions, our major organs for detoxification, we can more easily remove waste and toxins from our body. But which ingredients are really going to pack that punch? Here’s a few of our favorites:
Beets. Beets are very high in antioxidants, specifically betaine. Betaine is especially important for reducing inflammation, keeping your liver healthy, and boosting your metabolism.
Broccoli. This cruciferous veggie is high in fiber. What does fiber have to do with detox? Fiber is a key part of digestion and waste elimination. Broccoli is also high in antioxidants.
Chia Seeds. These tiny seeds are loaded with omega-3s and fiber. Omega-3s are amazing for keeping inflammation at bay.
Blueberries. Blueberries, especially wild blueberries, are super high in antioxidants such as anthocyanin. This powerful antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and tissues in your body.
Asparagus. Glutathione, the master antioxidant, is one of the key ingredients in COAST, and it’s found naturally in asparagus! Glutathione is essential for immune health, as well as liver and kidney function.
Don’t forget! Hydration is a major key in detox. Your cells need plenty of water to flush out toxins!
When in doubt, an easy rule of thumb is always to opt for whole, natural, organic ingredients whenever possible, and limit anything processed. Refined sugars, pesticides, and artificial ingredients all add stress to your detox systems.
Detox Smoothie Recipe
½ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup frozen wild blueberries
1 cup spinach or kale
2 tbsp chia seeds
¼ cup of coconut water
Tip: Add more water to get your desired consistency. Add less for a smoothie bowl!