Top 10 Detox Foods
Clean up your diet tastily and painlessly with these health-supporting kitchen staples.
December 30, 2011
If you’re still recovering from the overindulgences of the holiday season, there’s no better time than right now to revamp your diet and give your body a well-deserved break. Many healing, cleansing foods known for their disease-prevention properties are probably ones you already eat; those included here that you’re not consuming on a regular basis might offer inspiration the next time you’re stuck in the kitchen. Consider a warming bowl of miso soup with slivers of ginger and garlic, or roasted cauliflower atop a bed of turmeric-and-cayenne spiced quinoa. Nourishing, healing, and delicious, these culinary offerings can be mixed and matched in myriad ways, and incorporated into meals year-round for optimal health and nutrition.
Cauliflower: Members of the cruciferous family, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are all known for their cancer-fighting properties.
Cayenne: Enhances blood circulation, stimulates the digestive system, and protects the body with its antioxidants from the effects of harmful chemicals.
Cinnamon: Helpful for reducing intestinal gas and aids in increasing blood circulation. This spice is also known to treat diarrhea, nausea, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and Candida.
Garlic: Antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, and antifungal, garlic is used to treat ear infections, influenza, blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It eliminates toxins from the body and is antiparasitic.
Ginger: Used to improve circulation, aid detoxification, and improve the cleansing of the kidneys and bowels. Also used to treat colds, motion sickness, nausea, and morning sickness.
Miso: Helps to protect the body from radiation, cancer, air pollution, and environmental toxins. A wonderful digestive aid and protein source.
Nori: This sea veggie is great paired with fried foods since it emulsifies fat and aids in its digestion. Rich in vitamin A, protein, B vitamins, calcium, and iron.
Quinoa: This simple seed is a complete protein, and also boasts high calcium and lysine contents.
Turmeric: Found in most curry powders, this mustard-colored spice is high in beta carotene, strengthens the immune system, and helps to dissolve cysts and tumors.
Winter Squash: A warming food, these sweet squashes are a good source of vitamins A, C, and potassium.