Top Cleansing Foods
The human body will contend with approximately 60 tons of food in its lifetime. For many of us, these foods will at least in part (or even in full) consist of processed junk that sticks to your insides like filling a gas tank in a car with super glue.
Some types of foods can get caught in pockets within the bowels and putrefy for up to 5 years! If you feel tired or heavy after eating, chances are you have a backlog that could use a good internal cleansing, but not everyone is ready to take the leap into a full cleanse… Regardless of your current detox routines, you should consider adding some foods to your diet on a regular basis that will help to keep things moving as they should.
Here’s a list of our favorite cleansing foods to help you get started!
Raw Milk, Coconut & Water Kefir
Kefir originated centuries ago, when shepherds in the Caucasus mountains realized that milk carried in leather pouches would ferment into an effervescent beverage. This process turns lactose into lactic acid which is much more readily digested (especially for those who are lactose intolerant). It also allows more of the nutrients to be absorbed.
Today, you can make your own Kefir at home using raw milk, coconut milk, or even water. The process is relatively simple, and Kefir “starter” crystals can be purchased online.
Note: Unfortunately, raw milk products are increasingly hard to come by because of laws and regulations put forth by the FDA. If you cannot access raw dairy, you will have to make due with what is available.
Avocados are loaded with vitamin E, potassium, fiber and monounsaturated fats and are considered a key part of most nutritional plans! Among it’s proven benefits in preventing numerous illnesses (such as heart disease, stroke and cancer), avocado has been proven to increase nutrient absorption of other foods significantly. Pair it with a fresh salad or in vegetable juices to gain the maximum benefits.
Raw Cultured Veggies
Raw cultured vegetables like sauerkraut are loaded with live probiotics and sulfur compounds that will flush out your gastrointestinal tract and liver. The lactic acid bacteria in raw cultured vegetables has been shown to reduce diarrhea, bowl inflammation and reduce constipation and pain from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (just to name a few).
Flax Seeds & Chia Seeds
These seeds are full of essential fatty acids, phytochemicals and fiber which help lubricate the bowels. Flaxseed oils have been used to treat skin diseases like psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is also effective in treating and preventing arthritis, colitis, cancer and heart disease (just to name a few).
Raw Coconut Cream
Coconut cream contains fatty acids that help promote intestinal health, and compounds that also help remove toxins from the body. It is one of the most powerful solvents for breaking up plaque hardening of arteries, brain and nerve endings (just to name a few).
Fresh Vegetable Juice
Juices (made with a proper juicer), including carrots, celery, parsley, cilantro, cucumber, beets and other vegetables are universally recognized components of a successful diet and key to a good cleansing routine. Juicing vegetables extracts the nutrients into a liquid form that is more easily absorbed into the bloodstream (almost as quickly as alcohol).
Cucumbers are great for hydrating and provide fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers are also an excellent source of silica, which contribute to the strength of connective tissue, and are excellent for skin health.
Tomatoes supply lycopene (an antioxidant) and are high in vitamin C and fiber. They have been proven to help prevent prostate and pancreatic cancers, promote healthy skin, improve cholesterol, fight heart disease, prevent blood clotting and numerous other benefits!