Detox Food for the New Year

Ben Crook from our resident nutritionists, Blueberry Nutrition explains what is the best detox food for the New Year.

The New Year is firmly underway and Christmas is but a distant memory. One thing many of us will have in common over the festive period (myself included) is that fact that we have over indulged , maybe one or 2 many mince pies and a few too many drinks? Its great at the time but come the start of 2016 you would be very much understood for wanting to feel a little fresher and start a new healthy eating regime.

To give you a little help and a step in the right direction here are a few examples of detox food for the New Year that will help your body get back on track and rid you of some of the resultant over- indulgence

1 Grapefruit
• Eating a Grapefruit for breakfast each morning is a great way to kick-start your digestive system and relieves constipation. The flesh of a grapefruit contains pectin an insoluble fibre which binds with cholesterol to remove it from the body and help eliminate other toxins
• Grapefruit contains the following nutrients (as well as others) –
Vitamins B3, B5, C, E, Biotin, Beta-carotene, folic acid and Lycopene
• Tip – eating grapefruit has been proven to steady insulin levels – which could help prevent the vicious cycle in which gaining weight could lead to diabetes, and diabetes makes you put on more weight.

2 Cucumbers
• Cucumber is laden with water which is packed with minerals that promote skin health. Due to their high water and balanced mineral content cucumber is one of the best diuretic foods. Due to this fact cucumber promotes the flow of urine which flushes the kidneys – aiding detoxification by elimination.
• Rich in fibre which helps promote optimum digestion
• Rich source of silica which is integral for healthy skin , connective tissue and bone
• Tip – Cucumber can be used topically to alleviate various skin afflictions including puffy eyes. Place slice of cucumber on each eye to reduce puffiness

3 Watercress
• Watercress is a great addition to any salad or as an additional filling to your next sandwich. Watercress contains compounds that eliminate free radicals, protecting your cells.
• Is a great source of the mineral manganese and iron which help the body to resist infections
• Contains the following nutrients (as well as others) –
Vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, C, E, K, Iodine, magnesium, folic acid, calcium and biotin
• Tip – for breakfast lay a bed of watercress and top with poached eggs and smoked salmon for a great start to the day

4 Lemons
• This popular fruit is a powerhouse of antioxidant Vitamin C which boosts immunity and helps healing. The Vitamin C content contained inside lemons also helps strengthen the walls of blood capillaries
• Lemons stimulate the gall bladder which aids liver and digestive function.
• Lemons can quash appetite and freshen breath
• Lemon contains the following nutrients (as well as others) –
Vitamins B3, B5, B6, C, E, Copper, Potassium, Limonene, and Iodine
• Tip – squeeze freshly squeezed lemon into warm water. This will give your metabolism and kick start and increase Vitamin C content in your body

5 Artichokes
• This sophisticated vegetable has been traditionally used as a hangover remedy due to its de-toxifying properties.
• Reduce blood sugar and help lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the production of more cholesterol.
• Rich in flavonoids which keep arteries healthy
• Artichokes contain the compound Cyranin which promotes the breakdown of fat as well as increasing the flow of bile and improving liver function
• Tip – Artichokes are at the top when it comes to detoxifying foods so make sure you include them in your diet

For extra help getting your 2016 off to the healthiest start possible, book an appointment with Ben from Blueberry Nutrition who is available at Exeter Golf and Country Club every Thursday. Find out more about Blueberry Nutrition.

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Detox food for the new year