Our bodies are always detoxing internal and external substances; it’s the primary function of the liver and kidneys. Our overall aim is to reduce foods and practices in our lifestyle that overload our body’s natural detox functions such as refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, drugs, tobacco and chemicals.
During a concentrated period of detox and beyond, what we then aim to do is feed our bodies the nutrition it needs to improve and support the detoxification pathways. Vegetables are key to do this, with some in particular that truly improve detox and elimination.
GREENS: particularly bitter greens such as rocket, witlof, radicchio, watercress and dandelion are great for digestion, healthy bowel function, packed full of nutrition, help purify your blood by acting as a diuretic and stimulate the liver for detoxification. They’re easy to eat as an accompaniment to main meals. If you’re looking to boost your green intake further, then Radiance SuperGreens Plus will help support you. This wonderful combination of super greens, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and plant proteins will aid detoxification and improve your nutrition status. Just add to water to enjoy at any time of day.
BEETROOT: the ruby red sweet star of the vegetable world, beetroot is a detox hero. This gorgeous root vege contains special plant chemicals that support healthy optimal liver detoxification. It also contains a fair whack of potassium which helps ensure healthy kidney function to get rid of all those toxins. Radiance Superfoods Beetroot Powder is a great way to get the detox benefits of beetroot into your day- it can be added to smoothies, juice, water or can be stirred through hummus and dips or even used as an all-natural food colouring.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGES: there’s a good reason we all hail kale and its family, and that is because as a group of vegetables, they have the greatest density of isothiocyanates out of all the vegetable groups. Isothiocyanates are the friends we want to detox with, as they activate the enzymes for both phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification pathways. To get a hit of the isothio-army then aim to increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbages. Steamed, baked, on occasion raw these all go well, but to keep on hand always is Radiance Superfoods Kale Powder. This is brilliant added to eggs, smoothies, breads and savoury crackers and a must have in the pantry.
Whilst detox may be something you are considering after a period of overdoing it, remember the importance of maintaining practices beyond the detox period. Planning, prep and maintenance is the key to success and ensuring positive change in your health for the long term.