There are plenty of benefits to rebooting your diet, but there’s no need to endure a long juicing program or cleanse. Clean up your diet to eat healthy with these easy tweaks.
Why complicate the process when your ultimate goal is (or should be) to consume more healthy foods that satisfy your nutritional needs while working on your fitness goals. Clean eating is a great way to go, and fortunately, you can eat in a way that will help maximize your body’s ability to cleanse itself.
That means, instead of starving your way through a detox fast, you can include more foods to support your liver, kidneys, and digestive system, naturally—and deliciously!
1. Amp Up the Antioxidants
One reason antioxidants are so important to your nutrition is their association with reducing the risk of diseases like heart disease and cancer. Mainly, they are good at reducing inflammation throughout your body systems, especially your digestive and immune systems.
That means those self-cleansing systems we want to tune-up are supported by anti-oxidant rich foods like artichokes, spinach, onions, strawberries and avocado. These whole foods are easy to add to your plate, and combine.
2. Fill Up on the Fiber
Your digestion is the process that takes nutrition from the foods you eat as it moves through your body from chewing through elimination. Fiber is key to keeping things moving smoothly through your gastrointestinal tract, where much of the magic takes place.
Vegetables like beets, broccoli, lettuce bring extra fiber to your diet, and happily, there’s a lot of overlap with the antioxidant rich foods you want to include more of, too, like avocado. Two tweaks at once makes your clean up even easier.
3. Work in More Water
So you know all about drinking more water in general, but did you know you can also get water from the foods you eat? You should! High water volume foods add to your fluid intake for the day, which so many of the body’s processes depend on.
Water also helps flush out waste and keep digestion at peak performance. Foods like peppers, cauliflower and watermelon work wonders at bringing more water to your diet, and as a bonus, contain the extra fiber you’re seeking, too.
4. Pick up the Probiotics
Probiotics are what helps your body add good bacteria that is a boon to strong gut health, which helps boost your immune system, too. A simple way to get more probiotics in your diet without supplementing is to choose fermented foods.
Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, and apple cider vinegar are a few foods that will help you pick up the level of probiotics on your daily plate. Check out our yummy (and easy) recipe below to help you add all of these four cleansing tweaks to a meal.
Super Salad with Feta and Herbs
Mix each of the following fresh and raw ingredients in your large single serving bowl:
- Baby Spinach, a handful
- Watermelon Cubes, half cup
- Avocado Cubes, half a fruit
- Strawberries, half cup sliced
- Bell Peppers, handful diced
- Pickled Beets, half cup sliced
- Feta Cheese Crumbles, to taste
- Olive Oil, squirt a tablespoon or two
- Fresh Herbs, try parsley, cilantro and mint
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Serve with a side of Greek yogurt for one super cleansing meal!