Spring detox in 4 steps
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By detoxing, we are not referring to various cleansing regimes, ’miracle pills’ or X-day courses of juice fasting, but primarily the regular consumption of foods that help our body’s own natural detoxification processes by supporting the liver, kidneys, and our gastrointestinal tract, as well as providing valuable nutrients for our body from which we can get into top form in a short time. In spring, countless such seasonal ingredients are available - check out what is good eat, according to Dr. Rose Private Hospital’s dietitian, Nóra Galló.
Eat antioxidant-rich food
It is well known that antioxidants reduce the risk of cardiovascular and cancerous diseases. Their effect is to reduce inflammation in the body, as a result of which the whole body (e.g., the digestive system, the immune system) will function more efficiently.
Excellent sources of antioxidants are berries, of which strawberries are available in spring; green leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, all types of lettuce) and other brightly colored vegetables (e.g., asparagus, ramsons, radishes, etc.)
Fill up on fiber
Fiber is the key to good digestion as it maintains gut movement, also called intestinal motility. Vegetables are the best source of fiber - think carrots, beetroots, peas or avocados. As a bonus, avocado, spinach and asparagus also contain an antioxidant called glutathione, which helps maintain the health of the liver, one of our main detoxifying organs.
Eat more high-water-content foods
It is important to drink enough water throughout the day, but it is good to know that you can also get fluid from certain foods. The processes that take place in our body depend significantly on our state of hydration, moreover, water contributes to the excretion of metabolic by-products and to the proper functioning of the digestive system.
High water content vegetables available seasonally in spring include asparagus, spring onions, ramsons, spinach, and cos lettuce, as well as kohlrabi and carrots, among others.
Give preference to probiotics!
Probiotics, i.e. the so-called good bacteria, are key to intestinal health. You can get these beneficial bacteria not only from probiotic capsules, but also from fermented foods like the pickles that perfectly accompany Easter ham.
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