So spring is here, and we all want our bodies to be looking their best as the warmer temperatures approach. However, more than just for the physical aspect, it is important to cleanse your insides to be healthy and well.
I recently came across Jessica Mitton‘s (CSNN Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant with CSNN) article which recommended the best ways you can cleanse from within. She says that mainly includes eating lots of fiber, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant foods.
Avocados are a great source of the good monounsaturated fat. They are also fibre-rich and offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making them a great food to include in the diet to keep inflammation down and promote healthy digestion.
Kale is full of fibre, which is very beneficial for the digestive tract, keeping things moving along and removing wastes from the body. This amazing chlorophyll-rich leafy green also supports the liver and improves the detoxification process.
Parsley is a lovely spring sprig, full of those anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Foods with these properties benefit the body immensely, helping reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Parsley is chlorophyll-rich too, helping keep toxins at bay.
Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fats, which combat inflammation in the body. These tasty treats are also a good source of fibre, again keeping that digestive tract sparkly.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help you to keep it clean inside, by creating a healthy environment in your intestinal tract. It will fight off any overgrowth of candida – which can lead to digestive upset and other health issues – thanks to its antifungal properties.
When life gives you lemons, make health! The zingy citrus fruits will cleanse your liver and promote healthy digestion. They are also high in vitamin C – a very important antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress in the body.
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is another amazing anti-inflammatory food and will help reduce inflammation in the body. It’s best to enjoy this oil unheated or on a low to medium heat. Why not drizzle it on a spring salad?
She even provides a great salad recipe that will clean your insides and outside through and through:
Spring Cleansing Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 15 minutes
½ head of kale, stems removed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
½ avocado, sliced
¼ small red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup carrot, shredded
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 pinch sea salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon organic Dijon mustard
Tear kale leaves into smaller pieces and add to medium sized bowl. Drizzle with oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with salt. Massage kale for about 3 minutes or until it starts to soften.
Add onion, avocado, walnuts and carrot, and toss.
Place all dressing ingredient in a glass jar. Close jar and shake until fully combined.
Serve salad with desired amount of the Creamy Garlic Dressing.
Hope you found this useful.