Tired? Stressed? Feeling bloated and heavy? Then your body may be in need of a rest, cleanse and detox from your usual foods.
Eating a variety of vegetables as well as fruits whilst on a detox helps to build and strengthen your immune system and other body systems.
Wherever possible, lightly steam your vegetables or even better eat your vegetables raw, for example, you can make a wholesome and filling raw vegetable salad by thinly grating and mixing together carrots, sweet potatoes and beetroot.
If you are used to eating the same few vegetables, why don’t you be a bit more adventurous and use your detox as a time to explore the taste and texture of different vegetables. Vegetables are crunchy and when you eat and chew correctly, they can help to take the edge of any hunger pains or cravings you may be experiencing as you detox.
The following eight vegetables are easy to prepare and can be juiced or eaten raw to maintain their natural nutrients.
1. Cabbage. Red, green or white cabbage is an excellent source of fibre, vitamins (especially C, K, E, B1 and B9), minerals (iron and potassium) and beta carotene, these are all essential for good health and vitality. The dark green, outer leaves are the richest source of anti viral and anti bacterial nutrients. Cabbage aids digestion, helps to cleanse the liver and detoxifies the stomach.
2. Celery – Celery (I must confess, as a child I ‘hated’ celery, but after my first detox it is now one of my favourite vegetables!) Celery is low in calories, always a bonus when you detox, and a superb source of fibre and potassium (potassium plays a vital role in the body, e.g. in nerve function and control of blood pressure.) Celery also contains several other active compounds, for example, it is a natural anti-inflammatory, and as such helpful to ease rheumatism.
3. Cucumber – Cucumber has a very high water content (96%) which makes it an effective diuretic, therefore aiding the kidneys to work more efficiently. You can even cut thin round slices of cucumber and rest them on your eyes as you relax during your detox.
4. Carrots – Carrots are among the best detoxifying vegetables, they are naturally sweet which hampers any sweet cravings you may have on your detox. Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene (carotene – vitamin A). Beta carotene has powerful antioxidant qualities that may help protect you against many diseases. High in fibre content, munching carrots has a beneficial healthy function for your bowels.
5. Broccoli – Broccoli is a magnificent source of vitamins – Vitamin C, B9, calcium, zinc, iron, folate, potassium and beta carotene (precursor of Vitamin A). The nutrients found in broccoli are believed to give protection against many diseases and contains cancer fighting photo chemicals. Raw broccoli is a must for your detox.
6. Beetroot – A beautiful rich colour, beetroot is essential as a liver cleanser and is a powerful detoxifier. It is an excellent source of fructose, vitamins B9 and C and minerals, especially potassium, calcium and iron.
7. Radishes – this tiny vegetable is a good source of fibre, vitamin C (which is essential for the health of various tissues and for wound healing and also offers some protection against anti-infective activity.) Radishes are a good diuretic and as such used to treat kidney and urinary complaints.
8. Courgettes/zucchini – Courgettes are low in calories, contain generous amounts of vitamin C and B9. They have a high fibre content which promotes regular bowel movement.
All that goodness just from eating a few more vegetables! As you can see, when you detox you give your body a boost of vital nutrients which helps to boost your energy levels as well as strengthen and repair your body organs. I am sure when you are tempted to divert from your detox, you can find a vegetable to snack on to assist your good intentions. I would be interested to know what vegetables you enjoy the most. Drop me a line and let me know.