The Top 12 Detox Super Foods You Should Eat

You might not be interested in doing a detox program and that’s fine. However, you can still benefit from consuming detox super foods on a regular basis. There are many super foods out there, but below are our top 12 choices.

1. Almonds- They are a good source of fiber. Not only that but they contain calcium and magnesium and they contain protein. If you want to help stabilize your blood sugar, as well as remove impurities from your bowels, then consume almonds on a regular basis.

2. Avocados- Avocados help to lower cholesterol, as well as blocking toxicity that is not good for arteries. Glutathione is also found in avocados, and this nutrient blocks a number of carcinogens. If you want to eat a super food that is good for you, then consider eating avocados daily.

3. Beets- Beets are great to eat because they contain a mix of plant chemicals, as well as minerals. Beets are good at fighting infection and they are good for liver health. Cellular intake of oxygen is also boosted when you consume beets on a regular basis, and this is another reason why this superfood should be eaten regularly.

4. Blueberries- Blueberries contain antiviral properties, and proanthocyanidins are found in them, and they even contain natural aspirin. This can lessen the effects of chronic inflammation, as well as lessen pain, and blueberries may help prevent infections. Blueberries taste great and you can eat them for breakfast on a regular basis, or you can even have them as a snack.

5. Cabbage- Compounds that help the liver break down excess hormones can be found in cabbage, and it also contains a number of anti-cancer compounds. This super food is good for the digestive tract, as it helps to cleanse it and it can soothe the stomach. Cabbage may even neutralize some of the compounds, which are damaging, that are found in cigarette smoke.

6. Cranberries- Substances that are considered to be antibiotic and antiviral, are found in cranberries. You can help your body cleanse bacteria from the urinary tract when you eat cranberries. Not only that, but cranberries taste delicious, so you can do your body some good, while enjoying the great taste of cranberries.

7. Flaxseed Oil And Flaxseeds- They contained fatty acids and they can help you maintain a healthy immune system. Flaxseed can also help with maintaining a healthy brain. It is essential to get fatty acids, so if you want to experience the health benefits of fatty acids, such as omega-3s, then you will want to start consuming flaxseed oil and flaxseeds.

8. Garlic- Garlic can help with things such as intestinal parasites, cleanse harmful bacteria and help cleanse the body of viruses. Blood pressure may also be lowered by consuming garlic and there are anti-cancer and antioxidant properties in garlic, which means your body can detoxify itself. Garlic provides other benefits, including helping expelling mucous buildup that can sometimes be found in the lungs, as well as sinuses.

9. Kale- This is a super food that also contains anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds, which can help your body get rid of harmful substances. Kale is a good source of fiber and it can jump start the production of cleansing enzymes in the liver. Similar to cabbage, Kale can help neutralize cigarette smoke compounds.

10.  Legumes- They are high in fiber and help in cleansing the intestines. It also can aid in lowering cholesterol. Not only that, but legumes can play a role in fighting against cancer.

11. Lemons- Eating lemons is good for you, as they have high in vitamin C and it can help ward off cancer. Lemons can help your body fight against the effects of pollution, as well as cell damage. Let’s not forget that there are a number of anti-cancer compounds that can be found in fresh lemon juice, so consume lemons in the form of fruit or juice and enjoy the benefits they have to offer.

12. Seaweed- One of the most underrated vegetables in the world is seaweed, but it is a super food you should consider consuming on a regular basis. There have been a few studies that have shown seaweed bind to radioactive waste that is sometimes found in the body, and this can help remove it. Seaweed even has plenty of minerals and trace minerals, which makes this food one of the best foods that you can eat when you are looking to consume detoxification foods.

DASH Diet For A Lower Blood Pressure

As little children, our parents ensured we ate well-balanced and highly nutritive foods. Some of these foods include fruits, vegetable salads and milk among many others. Although this seemed like torture back then, it was for the benefit of our health and body.  Nutritionists also advise us to live a healthy life by taking nutritive and well-balanced diets.

Unhealthy dieting plans have resulted in many health complications such as diabetes and hypertension.  This article will, however, focus on high blood pressure, and how to reduce blood pressure. DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a proven plan that helps reduce bad cholesterol and blood pressure.  Controlling blood sugar using this diet plan is even much easier.

The Basics
The DASH diet plan involves eating lots of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, fish, whole grains and other healthy foods.  Discussed below are several basics on how to reduce blood pressure and have a healthy cardio health.

–    Reduced percentage of saturated fats: Trans fatty acids and saturated fats pose a major risk of developing a heart disease. Itís for this reason why you are advised to avoid using hydrogenated fats for cooking.   Only 7% of these fats can be found in DASH diet plans.

–    Proteins and Essential Fats: Proteins contain the body’s main building blocks hence should be included in every meal or diet plan. The DASH diet plan provides at least 20% calories from proteins, which reduces chances of becoming overweight or obese.  Monounsaturated fats are also included in this diet plan.

–    Minerals and Fibre: Minerals (magnesium, potassium and calcium) play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure. Fibre too plays an important role in regulating blood sugar, cholesterol levels and most importantly, blood pressure. Fibre also plays a pivotal role in weight loss on most people.

–    Controlled Calorie Percentage: Ones BMI plays a great factor in one’s body health and blood pressure.  Excess calories are believed to facilitate weight gain, which is the reason why DASH diet provides calories in controlled amounts per serving.  Reducing calorie intake promotes weight loss especially in obese and overweight persons.

The recommended foods for blood pressure regulation are:

1.    Vegetables and Fruits: Fruits and vegetables are rich in compounds/nutrients that facilitate good cardio health. They are rich in essential minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, which play a big role in blood pressure regulation. They are also rich in fibre and phytonutrients that promote expunging of cholesterol and other toxins from the body.  Some of the foods you should include in your diet plan include potatoes, bananas, asparagus, citrus fruits and grapes.  Some blood pressure medications may contain or excrete potassium, meaning you may have to consult with your doctor about this.

2.    Low-Fat Dairy Products: Dairy products are good sources of proteins and calcium hence should be considered. You, however, need to focus on low-fat dairy products to avoid cholesterol accumulation in the body.

3.    Poultry, Fish and Lean Meat: These are rich in good quality proteins and very low in fats, which is beneficial for your cardio health.  Fish and turkey are excellent sources of proteins and very low in saturated fats. Fish also supplements omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for proper cell and tissue development.

4.    Whole Grains:  Whole grains are high in fibre content, which facilitates regulation of blood sugar and weight loss. 2 – 3 servings of cereals are therefore recommended.

5.    Nuts and Beans:  Beans are high in proteins and fibre. Nuts can be used to supplement magnesium, potassium and essential oils. You, however, need to limit nut portions, as they are high in calories.

Foods to avoid
Full-fat dairy and fatty meat: These are very high in saturated fats that are harmful to your health.

Preserved and salty foods: Canned foods contain preservatives hence very high in sodium.  These should be avoided, as well as adding more table salt in your meals. Salts (especially sodium) are the greatest high blood pressure offenders and should be avoided at all costs.

Alcohol: Alcohol is very high in calories and preservatives that make it harmful to your body. If you must drink, then consider taking one drink in a day.

A Guilt-Free Easter

With the Easter break fast approaching, a lot of Australians will be enjoying the time with chocolate, friends, and family. There are others who will have the consolation that, even though they are unable to spend time with friends and family, there will at least be chocolate.

When you also consider that there will be an extravaganza of carbohydrates with hot-cross buns, the predictable sequel for this long weekend will be one of regret and bloating. But there is a way to enjoy all the scrumptious traditions of Easter and yet avoid feeling bad about what you have done the following day.

Embrace the Dark Side

The good news is that no one is saying you cannot have chocolate on Easter. There is no fun in that. But, rather than eating the milk chocolate eggs, why not choose only the dark chocolate from all those eggs you receive?

That is because, in 2008, the researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences discovered that dark chocolate will lower our cravings for fatty, salty and sweet foods. Best of all, they found that dark chocolate is actually more filling that the rest of the chocolate.

In addition, dark chocolate contains double the amount of antioxidants that are in milk chocolate. There is, even more, good news. In Germany, research has determined that if you eat as few as six grams of dark chocolate per day you can lower your blood pressure. Of course, if you add fruit in by spooning the chocolate over kiwifruit, bananas or strawberries there are even more benefits.

Stick to a Handful

There are many healthy eaters who have learned that it is a good idea to divide their plates into 25 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent protein and 50 percent vegetables. But there is also a plan for eating better at Easter.

Okay, we have come up with it ourselves, but here it is: cup your hands tightly together and fill that space with the eggs. The pile of eggs should not be higher than your thumbs.

Be sure to restrict the amount of chocolate ñ or hot-cross buns ñ that you eat every day over Easter and when the holidays end you will still have both your waistline and your self-esteem.

Nibble on Rabbit Food

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) say that you can reduce the guilt ñ in addition to the predictable highs and the sugar crashes that follow when kids (of every age) gorge all day on chocolate ñ by focusing more on the bunny than the eggs.

So, in the same way that treats are left for Santa’s reindeer, maybe the Easter Bunny would enjoy a little snack. And what does a bunny like to eat? Of course, celery sticks and carrots and he love to share those little treats.

Join the Hunt

The ideal opportunity to exercise will be during the Easter Egg Hunt because the rest of the day is probably going to be pretty lazy. The idea is to use more energy during the hunt by spreading fewer  eggs over a much wider area – where you can still watch the children ñ and give the task to just one adult.

This way, all the other adults will be able to be part of the fun. The more time they all spend searching for eggs, the more calories they will be burning. And the fewer treats there are the fewer calories there will be when the eggs are consumed.

Hop, Skip and Jump

We know that all traditions have to start somewhere and, with football season coming up all over the country, having a kick around in the afternoon might be just the way to burn off all those Easter calories.

If you would like to do something less strenuous or a little more traditional, the whole group could take a walk around the block or taking the dog to the park might become a special Easter activity for your family.