Fitness Tips: June 6, 2016

Keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you see the world.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Six Cleansing Foods to Support Your Liver
For a healthier you, try to choose foods that support your body's natural detoxification process and that fuel your life force. Foods that purify your system include colorful veggies and fruits that are antioxidant rich. Phytochemicals in plants absorb sunlight giving them their rich colors and vibrant flavors. When we eat these foods, the energy is transferred to us.

Try to add one or two more servings to your day, or add a new color or vegetable that you haven't tried. Some options include:
  1. Asparagus
    Asparagus contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant known for its role in supporting the body's natural detoxification process carried out by your liver. Asparagus cooks very quickly, making it an easy addition to an omelet in the morning. What's better than starting your day with a fresh green veggie?
  2. Avocados
    Along with asparagus, avocados are rich in glutathione. This powerful antioxidant supports the liver in getting rid of harmful materials. Avocados are a fun addition to a smoothie – hello, yummy creamy beverage.
  3. Lemons
    The rind of the lemon and the juice of the lemon, support healthy digestion. Lemons are also abundant in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system while fighting free radical damage to the body. Squeeze a little in your water, or, better yet, make your own zesty salad dressing.
  4. Walnuts
    High in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a type of omega-3 fat that not only boosts brain power and also supports detoxification in the body. You know what to do here: Toss some on a salad or just enjoy them as a snack.
  5. Garlic
    Raw garlic, in particular, activates liver enzymes, helping your body to destroy unwanted chemicals and toxins. Mince or chop fresh garlic, let it sit on the counter for a minute or two (this activates the allicin, the enzyme that gives it its aroma), and then add it to salad dressing or a really nice olive oil for dipping vegetables or crusty bread.
  6. Green Tea
    Nothing says spring better than iced tea. Why not make it iced green tea? Green tea is high in catechins, which cleanse the body and support liver health. Add a bit of mint for a refreshing twist.
As we now head into the vibrancy of summer, keep a growth mindset over the next few weeks. This is an invitation to transition your food selections to one that supports your best self, as you step into the warmth of summer. Pick one new food each week to add to your cooking routine.

Evans. K. (2016). 8 Cleansing Spring Foods To Support Your Liver. mindbodygreen.