As promised in Part 1, here is Part 2 of the Get the Detox Glow series of foods for optimal detoxification that are designed to help you stay fitter, trimmer and live longer – healthily! 

8. Artichokes

These delicious sweethearts are found to have cholesterol lowering effects owing to the cynarin and chlorogenic acid compounds they contain.

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Full of amazing liver protective antioxidants, they are also great for improving digestive health by increasing bile flow.

Bile is essential for helping to breakdown and absorb dietary fats, as well as supporting regular bowel habits, which as we know is a major route for eliminating toxins and metabolic waste products.

The added bonus is that artichoke contains folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, minerals and fibre – more reasons to chow down on these.

Personally, I eat them simply by peeling and roasting them, drizzled with a little lemon infused olive oil, capers, a few green olives served with baked mackerel, sardines or salmon along with a side of tomato salsa. Yum!

9. Beetroots

Beetroot is a great liver tonic and blood purifier.

If the new you involves exercise, then you will be pleased to know that it can also help to enhance athletic performance, lower blood pressure and improve stamina, owing to its nitrate compound.

The benefits of all these can feel welcome – especially after the sluggish, heavy feeling most of us are probably (still) feeling after Christmas.

detoxification_2Beetroot can be enjoyed in juices, smoothies and in salads. Another fab way to try them is beetroot broth soup – I had my first one in Poland many years ago, and it tasted amazing.

10. Stinging Nettles

I bet you never thought that eating a prickly weed could give you such a health kick?

Packed with polyphenolic power, nettles contain high levels of antioxidants that provide broad therapeutic properties.

Traditionally used to treat a wide range of conditions from hay fever, arthritis, to controlling blood sugar, making it great for natural weight loss.

Fresh is best with nettles, and the good news is that they are widely available in most health food stores, or if you are lucky they will just grow wild in your back garden.  You can enjoy this superfood in smoothies, soups or make pesto out of them.

Once they are blitzed, bruised or cooked through, nettles stop stinging and really do taste delicious.

11. Garlic

A versatile culinary bulb, garlic is high in organosulphur compound which stimulates the production of glutathione, the body’s intra-cellular antioxidant. This is essential for good health and longevity.

Glutathione is also involved in the liver’s phase two detoxification pathways which eliminate toxins and various carcinogens from the body.

detoxification_3When garlic is crushed, within a matter of minutes it will produce and release allicin, ananti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral agent.

So before chopping and throwing it straight into the pan, give it a few minutes to transform and become active, before adding it to your dish.

12. Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant and liver supportive herb; the scientific studies on its benefits are endless so it had to be featured in this article.

It is known for its protective role in cancer prevention, in large owing to the way it can enhance the liver’s ability to detoxify toxins and carcinogens out of the system.

The active ingredient that gives turmeric its yellow pigment is called curcuma longa.

It is available in supplement, powder or in its raw root form.  The turmeric powder or the fresh root form are widely available from most Indian or whole food stores. The best way to enjoy turmeric is either in curries or in a punchy smoothie drink.

13. Cilantro (Coriander)

Cilantro, commonly known as coriander, is one of my favourite and most widely used herbs in cooking. It also goes by the names of Chinese parsley or Mexican parsley.

Not only does it liven up guacamole and salsa dips, or make a much-loved carrot and coriander soup, but it also extends beyond mere culinary delight.

Cilantro is believed to be a powerful metal chelator that can bind to heavy metals.

detoxification_4One study found that when cilantro was consumed for prolonged periods, people suffering from heavy metal toxicity reported a reduction in their symptoms.

The easiest way to ensure they feature in your daily diet is to grow them yourself. I highly recommend Romanian coriander seeds – cheap, accessible and low maintenance.

14. Parsley

Parsley is a blood purifying super food and a natural diuretic, so not only can it help to address excess water retention, but it can also support kidney health or lower oedema (swelling).

Its antioxidant capacity has also been studied for countering oxidative stress, which in simple terms means our cells age less and stay younger!

So, as a versatile culinary herb widely used in many cuisines, parsley should be a staple in all kitchens.

That’s it! My top 14 are all yours.

This article is by no means the full picture but its a pretty damn good list. Want to know the science? For a full list of scientific references and research background, please contact me on my Expert page.

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