(PIX11) -- Detoxing doesn’t have to be about juicing, colonics, laxatives, or depriving yourself of solid foods. Dr. Sue Decotiis, weight loss specialist and founder of Dr. Sue’s Supplements, shared these ways to a cleanse using food:
1. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which are vital for cell protection and toxin elimination. These little seeds are also packed with soluble fiber, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. A unique property of chia seeds is the ability to hold up to 12 times its weight in water.
Soaked for 30 mins, the seeds will form a gel like substance. Researchers believe this gel reaction also occurs in the stomach, forming a barrier, which means carbohydrates are broken down slowly.
Throw chia in your oatmeal or fruit shakes for the boost.
2. LEAFY GREENS AND RAW VEGETABLES
Fill your refrigerator with kale, spinach, collard greens, etc. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract. They also aid the liver in detoxification.
Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano: The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
3. LEMONS & CITRUS FRUITS
Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange are famous for their cleaning and alkalizing properties.
They are high in vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants, perfect for boosting your immune system. Their high soluble and insoluble fiber content contributes to cleansing of the colon and cancer prevention. You can always grab whole oranges and grapefruits to add to your breakfast or lunch, or for a midday snack.
It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system. I recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as this will help any detox diet.
5. MUNG BEANS
It is incredibly easy to digest and absorbs toxic residue from the intestinal walls.