Wintertime is that time of the year when we celebrate holidays with our family and friends, let our hair down and enjoy the beauty of winter and joy.
With all the holidays going on, it’s unavoidable to sit through (multiple times) long-lasting, rich dinners and lunches filled with all kinds of high calorie foods, sweets and what not.
Assuming you’ve lived a healthy life before the holidays knocked on the door, your body is now absolutely shocked with lack of working out and the amount of food intake. To set your body back into its balance, you need to do you winter detox.
The best way to do that is through consumption of certain foods that promote and support detoxification. You’ll get best results with foods that are local and in season. Foods with the highest amount of nutrients are those grown during the time of year. If they’re grown locally, it’s highly probable that they haven’t lost those nutrients. If you are not sure what this means, here’s what’s the whole thing is about – greenhouse-grown fruits and vegetables in the middle of winter aren’t the best choice for your detox treatment. At this point, your body needs nutritional heavyweights.
Here are our top winter detox foods: they’re nutritious heavyweights that promote detoxification, plus they are delicious and seasonal, and will provide antioxidants necessary for protection against free radicals and all those released toxins.
High in antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, B vitamins, collard greens are perfect for your winter detox. They contain many detox-necessary minerals, such as manganese and magnesium and you’ll be charmed with how well they work.
You are probably familiar with most of the studies conducted regarding cauliflower’s anti-cancer benefits. If the veggie has anti-cancer benefits, can you then imagine how amazing it is for detox?!
Cauliflower contains antioxidants and sulfur-containing nutrients (these boost detox capacity in the body) as well as glucosinolates (these activate detoxification enzymes).
Yes, we know it doesn’t have a pleasant smell (that’s because of the sulfur-containing compounds in it) but we are assuming it won’t be your first choice for the day if you have a hot date later. Still, garlic is definitely one of the best and healthiest vegetables to consume. Garlic is antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral.
Almonds are high in vitamin E, magnesium and manganese.
Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin, Pepper, Fennel
All these spices play vital roles in detoxification as they are potent anti-inflammatory and immune-boosters.
Only our wonderful Mother Nature could have granted us with something this amazing. Further, when paired with other detox-enhancing food, they provide heavyweight nutrition that will do wonders for your health!
Beets tastes amazing and they are a rich source of detoxification support, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is also a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains.
Same as with garlic, apart from the unpleasant smell, onions are a rich source of vitamins! Onions are high in vitamin C, manganese, potassium and vitamins B6 and B9. Don’t over-peel these phytonutrient powerhouses. The outer layers of flesh are home to the important flavonoids.
Lemons and Limes
We all know that citrus fruits are rich in C vitamin and re an amazing health booster. They also contain unique flavonoid compounds that have anti-cancer and strong antioxidant properties.
The best way to clean your body from toxins is through fluids. That is why detox teas are inevitable part of every diet. You can also drink a cup of green tea every morning. This will improve your metabolism and immune system during those cold winter days.
Can any winter dish go without cabbage salad? Hardly! This wintertime must has antioxidant properties while at the same time being a potent anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory food. Depending on what variety you eat, cabbage’s polyphenol content is different. It’s high in vitamins C and A and you can all mix it up—red, Savoy, and green varieties.
Apples are for a reason called Heaven fruit. They are so good for us that consuming one apple a day may keep the doctor away for a long long time. Apples have ne of the richest arrays of phytonutrients and antioxidants of any fruit. They are high in vitamin C and fiber, and their benefits extend far beyond detoxification.
In case you can’t afford all these detox foods, or for some other reason you can’t get them, you can always opt for vitamin products as supplements for the real deal.
Hopefully, you’ll listen to our advice and get your detox in no time!