While many of us think of cleansing and detoxing as restrictive routines we may undertake once in a while to “reset,” our bodies cleanse and detoxify 24/7. Eating whole foods and superfoods rich in fiber, antioxidants and chlorophyll is a surefire way to ready your detoxification system to do its best each day.
Three key nutritional components to do just that:
Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that our bodies cannot digest, which is what makes it so helpful. Soluble fiber soaks up water and other fluids, helping us feel fuller longer and “vacuuming up” toxins in our system. Insoluble fiber helps bind and bulk up the material the insoluble fiber has collected. Found exclusively in plants, fiber is abundant in chia, hemp and maqui powder.
Antioxidants are fighters: they take on free radicals from food-based and environmental toxins that damage tissues and cells. They also aid in detoxifying and keeping our skin healthy. Did you know that while sweat primarily regulates temperature, toxins are released at the same time? Superfoods have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any known food and can be easily (and deliciously) obtained from many of our products: maqui powder, mulberries, golden berries, pomegranate powder, goji berries, and acai powder.
Chlorophyll, the molecule that makes plants green, is a cleansing champion. It neutralizes toxins and free radicals by turning them into minerals and also helps flush heavy metals, such as mercury, out of the body. The potent nutrients in chlorophyll also support healthy liver functioning and build oxygen-rich blood, which are both paramount in detoxification processes.
When it comes to cleaning and detoxing, what you do eat is just as important as what you don’t. And, like any other type of cleaning, sustained daily efforts over time make all the difference.
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