Clean From the Inside Out by Lisa McLellan

cleansing-inside-out-300x224-2Clean the body from the inside out? Detoxifying and cleansing are part of our normal body processes. The three main organs that detoxify the body are the liver, the colon and the kidneys. The liver acts as a filter preventing toxins and bacteria from passing into the blood stream. Respect your liver. The colon’s main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm. That is why you want to keep your colon flowing regularly, so they don’t get stuck there! The kidneys constantly filter your blood and get rid of toxins in the form of urine. Drinking water is an important support for the function of the kidneys. Detoxification is what your body naturally does to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body to keep us alive and healthy. To experience vibrant health, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. As the body functions more optimally when the blood Ph is alkaline, a great way to support your natural detoxification system is to feed it alkalinizing and detoxifying foods.

Here is a list of nine such foods which you can integrate into your diet on a regular basis to give your body the tools it needs to slowly cleanse, rebuild and thrive.

1. Avocados are a good source of healthy fats which help speed up the metabolism and help reduce weight. They promote healthy skin and stimulate cleansing actions of the digestive system.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Glutathione, fibre, antioxidants, good fats, potassium.
  • Cleanse Target: gallbladder, digestive system

2. Cabbage contains fibre, antioxidants, alkaline minerals and more good fats, it’s a great all round cleanser, powerful GI tract cleanser and an anti-inflammatory.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, antioxidants, good fats, manganese, folate, B6 and potassium
  • Cleanse Target: GI tract & digestive system

3. Kale is a green leafy vegetable, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It’s especially important to cleanse the blood so getting a big boost of chlorophyll is a must.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Chlorophyll, antioxidants, good fats, anti-inflammatory
  • Cleanse Target: blood, digestive system

4. Cucumber – eat it often!

  • Cleanse Nutrients: High-alkaline water content, antioxidants, vitamin c, manganese
  • Cleanse Target: Liver

5. Spinach is one of the most nutritious and alkaline vegetables you can eat.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, chlorophyll, antioxidants
  • Cleanse Target: Blood and colon

6. Broccoli – cruciferous family.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Critical detoxifying phytonutrients, fibre, antioxidants
  • Cleanse Target: Anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, digestive system

7. Celery – easy to use in juices, soups, salads, snacks. Kids love it.

  • Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, antioxidants, good fats, manganese, folate, B6 and potassium.
  • Cleanse Target: GI tract and digestive system

8. Ginger – great to spice up stir fries or to drink as a tea

  • Cleanse Nutrients: ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-carcinogenic
  • Cleanse Target: intestines and digestive tract

9. Garlic – eat every day!

  • Cleanse Nutrients: manganese, sulphur compounds
  • Cleanse Target: liver, immune system

Improve your detoxifying results by buying organic and eating raw or lightly steamed, in order to get more health promoting enzymes and vitamins. Drink alot of clean water and sweat (another way the body detoxifies). A little knowledge can go a long way when it is supported by action on a daily basis. Enjoy these delicious and healthy foods as you become more vibrant, energized and slim! Your body will love you.

Lisa McLellan – LM Fitness