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Food for Thought: Make a clean sweep when detoxing

Detoxing? No need for a kit - just add these foods to your diet.

Raspberries can really aid a detox. Dado Ruvic / Reuters
Raspberries can really aid a detox. Dado Ruvic / Reuters

When detoxing, we often overlook the health benefits of eating the right foods, as our primary focus is usually firmly fixed toward eating as little as possible throughout the day and avoiding certain foods, especially after the indulgence of the festive season we have just enjoyed. However, when we eat in this way we completely miss out on the potential positive effect food can have on our body - if we choose well, that is. Detoxing should be more about eating foods that will actively help your body in the natural process of cleansing itself, and according to the latest studies there are specific foods that can do just that. So, if you are in the midst of a January detox be sure you are eating these top five detox foods to really get your year off to a clean start.

Sea greens (kelp, nori, spirulina and chlorella) are among the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth, with exceptionally high amounts of chlorophyll which, according to Michael T Simonich of the Linus Pauling Institute, acts as a powerful antioxidant and protects against chemical carcinogens. It has also been shown to rid the body of heavy metal toxicity.

Land greens (kale, spinach, cabbage and broccoli) are also rich in chlorophyll, aiding the elimination of toxins from the body, as well as fibre, which increases elimination. Both cabbage and broccoli are specifically good for liver detoxification.

Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and goji berries) are vibrant colours due to the cleansing antioxidants they contain.

Adzuki and mung beans are rich in fibre, acting as sponges inside the body to absorb excesses and fatty substances inside the intestinal tract. They also increase elimination, leading to a lighter feeling.

Ginger is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for detox, excellent for boosting digestive fire and helping the body to process any accumulated and undigested foods for swift elimination.

Laura Holland is a well-being consultant and nutritional therapist. For more information, go to www.BeUtifulYou.Com