Detoxifying Food Tips

Blueberry Nutrition share some great detoxifying food tips to help keep up the good work into February.

As January comes to an end many of us are sticking to our new year’s resolution while some of us may have waivered slightly. There is nothing wrong with the odd treat here and there but if you incorporate some of these foods into your diet your body may thank you in the long run
Here is the second instalment of foods that can help rid your body of toxins

1 Asparagus
• Asparagus is a natural diuretic that helps flush toxins from the body.
• Asparagin is an active compound contained within asparagus that stimulates the liver bladder and kidneys. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a powerful cleanser
• It is a rich source of folic acid which has many anti-carcinogenic properties
• Asparagus contains the nutrients (as well as others) Vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, C , E , K, Beta-carotene, folic acid, selenium, magnesium and zinc
• Tip – steaming is a great way to prepare this vegetable as it retains the integrity of the nutrients

2 Avocado
• Avocado is one of the most nutrient dense foods available to use with over 20 different nutrients contained within. It is certainly a fruit that should be eaten on a regular basis
• Loaded with fibre avocados are a great source of linoleic acid (Omega – 3) which our bodies convert into gamma- linoleic acid (GLA) a substance that thins the blood and reduces inflammation
• The avocados range of B vitamins helps to promote a healthy immune system , staving off flu, ,colds and infections
• Tip – mash an avocado and mix with a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add a little pepper and use as a substitute for butter on wholegrain bread (or toast)

3 Beetroot
• Beetroot is an awesome vegetable and should become a mainstay of your diet if it isn’t already.
• A rich source of assumable iron beetroot can help alleviate conditions such as anaemia and constipation. The iron also aids the production of white blood cells which are integral for combating disease
• Betacyanin , a compound that contributes to beetroots vivid colour has anti-viral and antioxidant properties
• Beetroot contains the nutrients ( as well as others) Vitamins B3, B5, C, Folic acid, Beta-carotene, Zinc, Silica and Iron
• Tip – Studies untedatken at the University of Exeter showed that beetroot (when juiced) can increase athletic performance by as much as 16%

4 Blueberries
• According to research a serving of blueberries (100g) contains the same content of antioxidants as 5 servings of broccoli , apple or carrots
• Blueberries acquire their purple colour from anthocyanins , powerful antioxidants that fight cell oxidation (damage) In order to reap the full antioxidant benefit from blueberries it is best to eat them 3-4 time a week
• Proanthocyanidins, a type of flavonoid found in blueberries increase the potency of the antioxidant Vitamin C also found in blueberries
• Blueberries contain the nutrients (as well as others) Vitamins B2, B3, B5, C , E , K , Folic acid, Potassium, Zinc, Selenium and Ellagic acid
• Tip – used topically blueberries can act as an astringent and help alleviate small cuts

5 Parsley
• This very popular culinary herb is much more than just a garnish. It is packed with disease fighting antioxidants
• Parsley contains Vitamin A which helps to remove plaque from our arteries. Vitamin A is also a precursor to beta-carotene
• Parsley contains limonene which is known to exhibit anti – cancer properties , particularly against tumours
• Tip – chew on Parsley after a meal as Parsley is a natural breath freshener

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Detoxifying food tips