Summer means endless barbecues, backyard parties and, if you’re anything like me, probably a few too many ice cream cones and late nights out indulging with friends. Rather than getting frustrated with yourself for eating a few too many treats, nutritionist Shannan of Nutrition Simply advises clients to focus on adding in these 10 detox foods as often as possible.
Foods high in detoxification properties like these help to naturally reset metabolism, balance hormones like insulin and estrogen, and boost weight loss, helping you to feel more energized and confident this summer.
Our bodies have a natural system to get rid of harmful toxins we come in contact with. However, sometimes we absorb chemicals, pesticides and other toxins–think junk food, polluted air and “dirty” beauty products– at a faster rate than we can excrete them.
As these toxins accumulate, other systems get disrupted which leads to health problems like weight gain, leaky gut and digestive issues, skin problems, and chronic diseases like irritable bowel, hypothyroidism and PCOS. This is where detox support comes in. And these 10 foods can help!
10 Detox Foods for Summer
Beets contain flavanoids and betacarotene, two powerful antioxidants that help to repair and regenerate new liver cells. Blend them raw into your morning smoothie or juice, or thinly slice and bake into chips with sea salt and olive oil.
One of the most antioxidant-rich fruits, blueberries help support healthy cells and protect against damage from stress and processed foods. They’re perfect ready-to-go snacks, blended into a smoothie, or mixed with other fruit and herbs in infused water for the summer.
Cauliflower is high in sulfur-containing nutrients that are vital in phase II liver detoxification. Roast with garlic, sea salt and oil for a quick snack. You can puree into soup or use a food processor to make cauliflower rice or cauliflower pizza crust.
Cilantro has been shown to help with heavy metal detoxification, which is often stored in fat cells in the brain and can cause mental fuzziness and “foggy brain”. Add cilantro to your green smoothie, generously sprinkle on salads, or use to make cilantro pesto that pairs well with veggie pasta.
Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory food. It contains a compound called curcurmin which protects the liver from free radical damage caused by toxins. Use it to spice up curry or add to warm almond milk for an evening tonic.
6. Wild salmon
Wild-caught salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and DHA which protect cells from stress caused by toxin exposure and rejuvenate skin. Grill it with an herb blend or bake with pesto and serve with a side of grilled veggies for a quick and delicious weeknight meal.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which neutralizes toxins and is a powerful anti-inflammatory food. Toss plump, vine-ripe tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and salt and pepper for a satisfying caprese salad in just under 5 minutes.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelian that promotes healthy digestion and helps break down fats which are important for detoxification. Cut into fresh pineapple for a summer snack (it’s even better grilled!), infuse it in water for a refreshing and hydrating drink or add it to fresh summer salads for a sweet kick.
Fresh ginger helps to produce enzyme and bile production, two important products or liver detoxification. It’s also packed full of antioxidants helping to neutralize free radicals and protect cell membranes. Add it to smoothies and juice for a refreshing kick, grate it on salads or marinades or steep it in some calming lemon tea or this belly-soothing lemonade.
Mint is a natural analgesic to help calm your stomach and aid in digestion and detoxification. Add it to fresh fruit for a refreshing snack, blend in veggie dips and pestos, or add to salads and smoothies.2