Seeing as summer is just around the corner everybody everywhere is talking about some kind of detox, some way to ‘cleanse’ his or her systems and get ready for summer. I have never been a big supporter of commercial detox’s or cleanses but I do agree with changing up your diet depending on the season and upping the clean, alkalizing water. I don’t know about you but I crave fresh salads, smoothies and juices in the summer while in the winter I’m after something more comforting and warm.
One of the easiest ways to ‘cleanse’ your system is to simply drink more fresh, clean, filtered water.
In Vancouver we are very lucky that the only chemical added to our drinking water is chlorine, however, chlorine can still be very detrimental to our health. Chlorine is very acidic and acidity in the body is like a magnet for disease! Most people already consume far too much meat, processed sugars and processed foods, we don’t need our necessary consumption of water to also contribute to our problems. What you want is to drink healthy mineralized alkaline water.
Most people believe drinking water from a regular carbon filter is sufficient, while I agree that it is better than tap water, it still does not completely filter from agricultural or industrial contaminants, heavy metals and chlorine. You should look into a more thorough filter that includes some sort of re-mineralization, for those in Vancouver check out water matters.
So what does drinking mineralized clean water really do?
Well, simply stated, it contains several minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, sodium and potassium that are needed for optimal bodily function and optimal immune function. Most of us have super acidic PH levels in our bodies, by drinking alkaline water we can balance our bodies PH and flush unwanted toxins out of our bodies.
We are all surrounded by pollutants- Cars, smoking, drinking, industrial activity, agricultural activity, ingestion of unhealthy food, in house chemicals, water, etc., Through these many different pathways our bodies have become home to quite the little toxic party—it’s no wonder so many of us are getting sick all the time.
I’m a goal-oriented person; I love to set daily, weekly, month and yearly goals. Right now I’m challenging myself to drink at least 10 glasses of filtered clean water a day as well as drinking fresh squeezed lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh lemon water is very detoxifying and cleansing for your whole body, it’s a great way to start the day! Although lemons are very acidic outside the body, once ingested they are very alkalizing and are great at balancing your bodies PH.
Other tips to help naturally detox your body:
- Include more alkalizing foods in your diet, such as organic leafy greens, organic low sugar fruits, gluten free grains, coconut and almonds (to name a few) and to decrease consumption of acidic foods such as alcohol, animal products, coffee, processed sugar and processed foods (to name a few);
- Make sleep a priority! Ideally aim for 8 hours of un-interrupted ZZZs;
- Increase your fiber (both soluble and insoluble), this helps keep things moving. You won’t be able to properly detox if your digestive tract is clogged up with ‘crap’;
- Get your body moving! Exercise gets your blood pumping which helps flush toxins out of your lymphatic system.
That seems easy enough right!
To help my body detox I plan on consuming lots of healthy, alkalizing foods such as my quinoa, black bean burgers with avocado and mango salsa.
These burgers were so yummy and easy to whip up, hope you enjoy!
Quinoa and black bean burgers (shared at slightly indulgent Tuesdays): 1 can black beans (rinsed well), 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed and 3 tbsp warm water), ½ cup salsa… mash up beans really well, add quinoa, flax and salsa and stir till combined. This mixture will be quite sticky and goopy but once in the oven it will firm up fine. I baked my burgers at 375 in greased muffin tins for about 30 minutes (until they started to crisp up).
Mango Avocado salsa: 1 mango diced, 1 avocado diced, 1 pint cherry tomatoes chopped in half, juice from ½-1 lime, ¼ cup fresh cilantro, salt and pepper to taste… mix together well with fork, mashing avocado pieces until quite creamy.
I served these burgers wrapped in organic collard greens but they would be great with a gluten free bun, regular lettuce wrap, on top of a salad or on top of your favorite gluten free grains.
What are some of your favourite ways to naturally detox?