With the Christmas festivities under our belts and 2019 around the corner, now might be the time to consider how a detox might help you to undo the effects of the seasonal excesses.
As many people know, a paleo-style diet is based on a premise of eating unrefined foods which are thought to echo the human diet of the Palaeolithic era. Comprising red meat, fresh fish, and eschewing certain sorts of vegetables, the detox potential of this diet might take you by surprise.
However, a detox describes a dietary regime which helps you to eliminate the toxins present in much modern, processed foods with specific focus on the liver, which is the principal organ involved in cleansing the body.
Not only is a paleo diet all about unprocessed food – so you are already a step ahead go the game if you are on it – but many cleansing foods are firm favourites of paleo aficionados.
Try fermented cabbage, or sauerkraut, as an accompaniment to lean cuts of red meat. It contains probiotics that promote good digestion and enhance your body’s own ability to expel toxins. Other fermented paleo-friendly alternates include coconut milk, kimchi and purifying beetroot juice.
Brassica vegetables, including broccoli, kale, cavolo nero, spinach, and cabbage are also excellent paleo-approved detoxifying food. They contain small amounts of sulphur, which boosts your liver function.
Turmeric is a vibrant yellow spice that has been used to treat dietary problems for centuries, and can to added to curries for a bright shot of colour. This largely flavourless spice contains curcumin, which also supports the liver and reduces the inflammation toxins cause to your digestive system.
Finally, nuts and seeds are a staple of the paleo diet, and are excellent for detox. Containing omega-3 and fatty acids, they are essential for promoting healthy cell structure and promote a healthy liver.
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