Guest Author - Aimee Wood
The holiday season brings cookie exchanges, parties with delicious foods, and delectable treats you otherwise don't eat during the year. If you are looking to limit your load of these types of foods and balance them out with cleansing and healthier foods, here are some of the best!
Artichokes That beautiful vegetable that looks like a flower aids in liver function. When your liver is working well, you are able to rid your body of toxins. Artichokes are full of fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium, and folate.
Avocados These wonderful green veggies are full of healthy fats that your brain needs. They are also full of fiber, antioxidants, and glutathione. Glutathione helps your liver. Avocados also lower your cholesterol.
Beets Beets are in season this time of year and full of nutrients. If you love the earthy flavor of beets, enjoy them this season. They are loaded with vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. Beets assist the liver and gall bladder.
Blueberries These berries contain natural antibiotics and antiviral properties, making these perfect during cold and flu season. They also contain important phytonutrients.
Cabbage Aids in cleansing the digestive tract, lowering cholesterol, and is a liver helper.
Cilantro. This herb clears the body of heavy metals. There are chemical components in cilantro that bind to heavy metals and eliminate them from the body. Our environment is full of heavy metals, we all have them in our body. So why not eat this tasty herb and detox?
Garlic Need to boost your immune system? Look no further. Garlic cleanses harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, lowers blood pressure, and nurtures the respiratory tract.
Kale Another dark green veggie that flushes out the kidneys and bladder. It also aids the digestive and circulatory tracts.
Lemongrass Use it in cooking or in a tea. It's another one that aids the liver and helps digestion.
Lemons The simple act of starting your day with a glass of lemon water is so beneficial. Start that habit today and stick with it for the whole year.
Teas Herbal and green or white teas can be so warming and nurturing. Spicy chai tea can be powerful this time of year. Green tea is high in antioxidants. White tea can actually boost the breakdown of fat and can help eliminate it from the body.
Water The simplest, but most overlooked, thing you can do is drink water. Staying properly hydrated, even in the cold, can do wonders for keeping you healthy.
Incorporating some of these foods during the holiday season will surely keep your body detoxed and healthy. They are tasty and delicious, so it's a win-win situation.