Our bodies are in need of cleansing on a daily basis and diet is a key component to cleansing. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables allows our bodies to cleanse effectively since they are a good source of fiber and are loaded with vitamins and minerals our bodies need to thrive. When your body is able to detoxify more effectively, then your body is better able to balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels.
Cleansing foods can help with attaining healthier looking skin, smaller waistline, increased energy, mental clarity and focus.
Want to know which Cleansing Foods I’m adding to my Superfood Smoothies right now?
Here are my top 5 favourites.
I try and look for organic varieties whenever possible, in order to prevent further toxicity (from pesticides and herbicides) and for higher nutrient content (ie. phytonutrients) to keep my body working smoothly and efficiently.
One of my favourite superfood ingredients to add to my smoothies because they are so smooth and creamy. They add a velvety texture that can’t be beat. They pack quite the nutritional punch! They are an excellent source of healthy fats which helps to hydrate the skin. They contain a powerful antioxidant known as “glutathione,” which keeps our cells free of damage. They are a good source of Vitamin E and Vitamin K which protects our liver from harmful inflammation.
Add 1/2 ripened avocado to your smoothie and reap the nutritional and tasty rewards.
Love ’em or hate ’em, beets are a powerful cleansing food. If you don’t love eating beets, I suggest you try adding them to smoothies as a great way to get this super cleanser into your body. These red beauties are amazing blood, liver and colon cleansers. Loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C, beets can help increase your immune system and lower your risk chronic illnesses and disease.
Add 1 small cooked beet or shredded raw beet to your smoothies for their cleansing properties.
Save on prep time and buy them already pre-cooked or frozen. Pair it up with berries like strawberries, cherries or raspberries to balance their earthy texture. And don’t toss away the beet greens. You can add them to your smoothies too!
If the thought of crunching on celery sticks doesn’t excite you, then I encourage you to add them to your smoothies instead. It adds a refreshing taste. Celery is a great blood and colon cleanser. It’s rich in iron and vitamins A, B and C. It’s a great tonic for the liver and a mild diuretic for the kidneys. The mild diuretic effects of celery also aid in the removal of bodily toxins and lowering blood pressure.
Add 1 small celery stalk to your smoothies alongside a strong fruit like pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges or watermelon to balance out the bold flavor from the celery.
I love green apples. Likely because it has a good balance of sweet and sour. Tartier apples are higher in nutrients than their red and yellow apple cousins.
The green apple is a natural digestive, kidney and liver cleanser. The high fiber content will help keep your bowels moving regularly and thus flushing out toxins.
Add 1 small green apple to your smoothies for its natural cleansing abilities.
Mom was right when she told us to eat our greens. They are a chock full of phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Leafy greens like Kale, Spinach, Chard and Dandelion have amazing superfood cleansing powers. The bitter the green, the higher the superpower! Remember to rotate your greens weekly to avoid alkaloid sensitivity.
Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen leafy greens to your smoothies for its powerful cleansing effects.
If your new to greens in your smoothie, you may want to start with spinach since it’s taste is neutral.