Spring Into Detox Season
Spring is just around the corner, and it’s a natural time to press reset and cleanse accumulated toxins from the body as we move away from cold weather and comfort foods. Luckily, Spring brings fresh, mineral-rich fruits and vegetables that make it one of the easiest times of the year to detox. Nature really does know best!
Since our bodies are naturally in sync with the seasons, the foods that are plentiful as we enter the Spring season support the liver and other detoxification systems. These delicious springtime foods will be easy to digest, alkaline, high in water and fiber, and packed with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. This will help rid your body of some of the harmful effects of toxins from outside and generation from within. However you plan to detox, a focus on raw, organic, seasonal fruit and vegetables, with an increased liquid consumption of water and herbal teas, should be the focus. Here are some of our top picks for Spring detox foods:
Aside from being great for the liver and high in fiber, asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, B vitamins and so much more! Its dietary fiber is great for encouraging digestion, which helps with the detoxification process and encouraging the elimination of toxins. Inulin, found in asparagus, further supports the digestive tract by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria. It’s also very high in glutathione, which is a natural antioxidant and important anti-carcinogen. Lightly sauteed or grilled in olive oil and sea salt, these seasonal spears are hard to beat!
Like most berries, this sweet and juicy fruit has one of the highest levels of antioxidants. It’s also full of fiber, and so much vitamin C that you’ll get 100% of your daily needs in a serving of just 1 cup! It’s hard to believe that these sweet treats will help protect you from heart disease, cancer and more (but it’s true). Use fresh strawberries in your smoothie, salad or on its own to enjoy this delicious detox.
Most people overlook the fact that artichokes are so high in antioxidants that they even surpass blueberries on the list. They also have more fiber than an avocado, prunes or an oat muffin, so you will get plenty of support for the digestive system. To further help with detoxification, artichokes are a great food for the liver and gallbladder, which are crucial organs in the detoxification process, and will help remove harmful chemicals.
Popeye was definitely onto something here. Spinach is considered a superfood, and for good reason! It’s a great source of vitamins and minerals like antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin K, as well dietary fiber. The fiber and digestive support from spinach protects the stomach and flushes out toxins from the colon, supporting detoxification. Spinach is also a great blood purifier, helps prevent many diseases, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is very alkalizing. In other words, it’s a perfect detox food!
Its licorice-like flavour may take some getting used to for some, but the health benefits of fennel make it all worth it. It’s extremely high in fiber, making it a great addition to any diet to improve digestion and clear the colon of toxins. It provides further digestive relief by helping relax the stomach, stimulate movement and relieve bloating and gas. Fennel is also high in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant crucial for boosting your immune system. Enjoy fennel raw by slicing it thinly and adding it to your salads for freshness and crunch.