Foods that contain unnatural additives put stress on our gut, liver and hormones. Processed foods frequently contain preservatives and fillers that can be harmful and toxic to our health. If toxins are not properly eliminated from the body they can build up causing health issues such as, thyroid disfunction and chronic fatigue. When we reach for processed foods our bodies must work extra hard towards digestion and elimination. This ultimately leaves us with a decrease in energy.
To restore your energy, it is important to understand that your body works as a system. The goal of a cleanse is to re-regulate your system for optimal function. We can achieve this by incorporating foods into our diet that promote 3 things; Gut health, Hormonal health, and Liver health.
Below is a list of foods that that can offer you a fresh start and how to incorporate them into your diet.
Hormonal balance is vital for good health. Our hormones affect many aspects of our health such as skin, cardiac function, metabolism, emotional health, and brain function. Hormones can become unbalanced due to stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise. In addition to lifestyle changes adding good fats such as omega -3’s to your diet can help balance your hormones for optimal function.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil not only offers Omegas-3’s, but it also has potential to increase metabolism, and regulate the thyroid.
Incorporate: You can incorporate coconut oil into your diet by substituting it for cooking oil, adding it into a marinade, or melting a tablespoon into your hot coffee or tea.
Egg Yolks– Many of us skip our yolks and go all white. Contrary to popular belief, the yellow part is not bad for you. Egg Yolks contain HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol- the type your body needs for hormonal balance.
Incorporate: Next time you’re making an all-white omelet make sure to add at least one yolk!
Spinach – Dark leafy greens contain natural compounds that support liver function. Our livers are responsible for metabolizing a hormone called estrogen. By consuming darker leafy greens, you will not only help balance your hormones, but promote liver health and elimination.
Incorporate: Spinach can be added to omelets, salads, or even a sandwich. Another option is to Sautee it as a side dish with a little coconut oil.
Fiber is essential to our digestive health. Fiber helps the movement of all elimination. Intake of fiber draws water into the digestive track. Regular fiber intake can help keep your intestines healthy, and control blood sugar. Tracking your fiber is a great way to make sure your meeting your daily needs. Women should aim for 25- 30 grams per day, and men 30-35 grams per day.
Apples and Pears: Both apples and pears offer around 5 grams of fiber. Both fruits are rich in antioxidants. Apples and pears not only promote digestion but help fight against oxidation.
Incorporate: Apples and pears are great as a snack. Try Slicing them up with a little cinnamon. In addition, you can and pecans or almonds on top for a nutritious a mid-morning snack.
Razzberries– Razzberries offer a whopping 8 grams of fiber per cup! Not only are they high in fiber, they offer a ton of antioxidant that promote healthy skin.
Incorporate: Razzberries can be a great addition in salads, oat meal and yogurts.
Whole wheat pasta – whole wheat pasta offers 7 grams of fiber per serving. It’s a great alternative to white pasta as it is easily digested, and dose not spike blood sugar. Its high fiber content will keep you full and your digestive track happy.
Incorporate: Whole wheat pasta can be used for any pasta dish. Try making a cold pasta salad with fresh veggies. Don’t forget it can also be used in soups and stews!
Toxins can be found in food, house hold products, beauty products, and even the air! Toxins are typically removed from the body through perspiration and eliminations. Having a buildup of toxins in your system can affect many aspects of your health. Cognition, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, headaches, can all be contributed to an overhaul of toxins. Luckily, we can help aid our bodies to eliminate unwanted toxins by keeping our livers functioning optimally.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a powerful spice that works as a natural anti-inflammatory. Turmeric boost elimination and protects the body from free radicals.
Incorporate: Turmeric can be used as a spice when cooking. To get in daily dose try adding a pinch to hot tea, or water with lemon.
Charcoal– Charcoal has a powerful ability to absorb toxins from the body, it has even been used to treat poisoning. Charcoal can help with gut health and digestion as well. Intake of Charcoal can ultimately take stress off the liver and increase liver function.
Incorporate – Charcoal can be found in supplement form. You can take the supplement daily. You can also add charcoal powder into a glass of water or take it with a teaspoon of oil.
Garlic and Ginger – Garlic is a natural antibacterial. It helps fight inflammation and sweep toxins from the body. Ginger also helps fight inflammation, it can reduce muscle pain and keep your liver at ease.
Incorporate: You can use garlic and ginger as a flavor additive when cooking. Both can be used for meats and vegetables. Try adding fresh ginger to a glass of ice water for a great refresher!
With Spring in the air and there is no better time to cleanse our bodies from the long winter months. By choosing a diet that helps regulate your gut, hormones, and liver, you shall find your energy blossoming as well as your health.