It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of the holidays and lose track of what you eat, especially since there are always so many delicious desserts at your disposal. If you’re like me and tend to overindulge in pumpkin pie and peppermint mochas during the holiday season, you don’t have to go on a juice cleanse to detox your body. Check out these five fabulous foods that will help you detox!
Sometimes overeating doesn’t just make you feel bloated, it can make you feel sick to your stomach. Ginger is the perfect food to ease your stomach and make you feel better. Ginger root, native to Asia, has been used to help digestive systems and cure nausea for over 2,000 years in China. The reason why it works so well is because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. So if your belly is feeling uneasy after eating too much, brew some ginger tea and let it soothe your stomach. Better yet, skip the pies and try some ginger candy for dessert instead. It’ll help with your sweet tooth and detox at the same time.
You should definitely indulge in some green tea if you’re feeling gross after the holidays. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and will help to wash away all of your toxins quickly and efficiently because of its liquid state. It also contains a flavonoid called catechin, which is a very powerful antioxidant. Catechin will help cleanse your liver and it will speed up the production of detoxification enzymes in your body.
Lemon has incredible detoxification properties. In fact, it’s recommended that a person should drink one glass of lemon water every morning, because it’s so beneficial. The citric acid in lemons produce digestive juices and help the digestive process. Not only will the antioxidants in lemons help you detox, but they also help your immune system and promote healthy skin. So go ahead and squeeze some fresh lemon in some green tea to cleanse your body. Even better, throw in a few slices of ginger while it’s brewing. That’s a seriously delicious cup of detox.
Salads may not be a favorite when there is stuffing on the table, but if you’ve stuffed yourself to the brim, make yourself a nice, big salad because leafy greens will get you back on track in no time. Greens like arugula, spinach and kale boost chlorophyll levels in your digestive tract. This will help you detox from too many sweets and, as an added bonus, it will also rid your body of environmental toxins.
Lemons aren’t the only fruit that will help your body detox. After overeating and perhaps imbibing in one too many glasses of eggnog, fresh fruit will detox your liver. You should choose fruits high in Vitamin C, like oranges, kiwis and peaches. Vitamin C will take the toxins you ingested and turn them into digestible material. So do yourself a big favor, and mix up a bowl of fruit salad for breakfast to get started on your holiday detox.
Between specialty beers, Christmas cookies and too much turkey, the holidays are full of delicious foods that, when combined, won’t leave you feeling so great the next day. Don’t fret if you overindulge as the holiday season quickly approaches. Instead, try out these superfoods that will help you detox your body and make you feel good as new!
Jennifer Landis is a health journalist and blogger who loves healthy living, yoga, and drinking tea. Find more from Jennifer on her blog, Mindfulness Mama, or by following @JenniferELandis on Twitter.