Are you toxic? 3 Foods for a Winter Detox
Seasonal greetings often include new ingredients to cook with and comforting aromas that fill the kitchen in lieu of refreshing summer fare. That doesn’t mean you have to stop detoxifying your body, as you can rest assured the toxins that surround you won’t take a break either. Your liver requires a varied and complete diet to properly expel toxins. B vitamins get depleted when your liver is overworked from alcohol consumption (ahem…recent holidays) or other toxic exposure. Your liver also works to metabolize fats which your body stores as a protective measure.
BEETS: Best known for their phytonutrients called betalains, beets add to your antioxidizing, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying powers. Beets are also high in fiber, which binds to bile in the large intestine and escorts it out of the body along with fat-soluble toxins. You can roast beats in a vegetable medley for a dash of color and flavor this winter.
ONIONS: What soup or hot dish is complete without onions? This winter, purge your system with high amounts of phytonutrients found in onions. Don’t be overwhelmed by the high vitamin B and C content, it’s good for your liver! And be careful not to overpeel—the flavonoids in onions hide out in the outer flesh.
KALE: This one is a true jack-of all- leaves. It contains vitamins K, A, and E, manganese, and flavonoids which work together as a detox potion to provide anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and cardiovascular benefits.