Top 5 Superfoods that Help You to Detoxify Your Body
- By Naomi SarahMost of us are familiar with the teams “detox diet” or “juice cleanse” - essentially these practices have one thing in common: resetting the body. Done the right way, a detox or cleanse can flush toxins from the body and give the system an overall break from unhealthy foods. While it’s okay to have the occasional junk food or sugar craving, it’s important to clean up your system every day to help it rejuvenate itself from the inside out. When the digestive system is out of sorts, the first signs of this appear on the skin. So not only will a detox do wonders for your body but also your skin. The best way to initiate a successful detox is to turn to superfoods.
So What are Superfoods?Simply put, these are nutrient-dense foods that promise better health not only for your body but also your skin and hair. They contain a richer reserve of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants compared to other food sources. Let’s dive into some of the most powerful detox superfoods that hit the sweet spot.
Leafy greensLeafy greens such as arugula, kale, spinach and romaine are chock-a-block with antioxidants that help remove toxins from the body, while also starving free radicals. Free radicals are basically molecules that can damage cells and reduce the body’s immune response. Antioxidants play a major part in “turning off” free radicals by binding to them; this process stops free radicals from doing further damage. Beta-carotene and vitamin C are two extremely potent antioxidants that help rejuvenate the hair and skin cells, especially during those times of the year when environmental factors tend to accelerate issues like dryness and dehydration.
Green TeaThis super drink is known to have a significant detox effect on the body when consumed throughout the day. Not only does green tea help flush out toxins but also boosts your intake of liquids for vital all-day hydration. Some research suggests that it’s a great source of antioxidants that help protect the liver from diseases such as fatty liver disease. Stay clear of sugary tea and instead opt for this super drink that can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Brown RiceThe best way to curb food cravings and increase your fibre intake is by swapping white rice for its brown version. It is rich in several detoxifying nutrients such as manganese, B vitamins, phosphorus and magnesium. If you’re looking for a natural way to cleanse your colon, brown rice will do the trick. It is also rich in selenium, which is known to protect the liver and also improve skin complexion.
BeetrootsWhether you choose to consume them as raw, boiled, cooked or juice, beetroots are a super drink for deoxification. These root vegetables are a rich source of nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, iron, zinc and magnesium. Beetroots are known to actually make sure toxins exit the body while maintaining the blood’s pH and system’s cellular intake of oxygen. This is what makes them such a great ingredient for body cleansing.
BarleyAccording to a 2015 study conducted by Lund University in Sweden, barley was observed to reduce both blood sugar levels and appetite. As part of the study, participants were made to eat barley-kernel-based bread as part of all three meals of the day. Researchers also noticed that low-grade inflammation reduced. It was concluded that barley played a pivotal role in providing dietary fibre that helped stimulate gut bacteria and trigger the release of important hormones. What’s more, the participants’ metabolism lasted for a good 14 hours, indicating that barley works as a great pre- and post-workout food. While these 5 superfoods can do more than just taste great in a meal, we found a way to include not just 5 but 22 superfoods in one blend! That’s right. The newly launched Chicnutrix Skin Superfood contains a super concoction of 22 nature-derived, plant-based ingredients that work hard to give your skin and overall health everything you need in one drink. Skin Superfood contains 4 unique blends in 1 formula: