It’s hard to avoid toxins altogether, especially with the haze situation right now. In the most general sense, toxin is any substance that could affect our health negatively. While our body does perform its own detox continually, we can help it along by consuming certain food. To help maintain your good health, check out these 8 types of detox food!
Low in calories, high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! Not only do raspberries help prevent against diseases such as cancer and diabetes, but they also have anti-aging effects. With its high fibre and water content, it also effectively helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. Plus, they are easy to snack on at any time! Did you know? Raspberries are also known as nature’s candy!
Besides having a high content of well-known components such as vitamin C and fibre, blackberries also are packed with vitamin K and manganese. Vitamin K is responsible for helping your blood clot (when you injure yourself), and it also promotes bone health. On the other hand, manganese may help prevent osteoporosis, manage blood sugar levels, and reduce epileptic seizures. Blackberries may also boost brain health!
High in nutrients and antioxidants, blueberries have been found to enhance the body’s killer cells, which fight against cancer cells. Apparently, blueberries are the “King of Antioxidant Foods”, and can even reduce DNA damage. Its numerous health benefits include lowering blood pressure, boosting vascular health, protecting lungs, preventing heart disease and improving cognitive abilities.
Apparently, strawberries aren’t berries. (Raspberries and blackberries aren’t berries too, but bananas, pumpkins and watermelons are.) Berry or not, strawberries are a popular fruit enjoyed by most people, and they are infused with several health benefits. Of course it’s packed with vitamin C and fibre, and its benefits include helping with weight management, promoting heart health and regulating blood sugar levels!
A great antioxidant, lemons help fight free radicals. Plus, lemons are alkaline, which helps restore the body’s pH balance and improve the immune system. Lemons can also help protect the liver and reduce stress-related damage. We know lemons can be excruciatingly sour, but you don’t have to consume them as they are. All you need is a slice of lemon in a glass of water and you’re good!
Ah, ginger. If you grew up in an Asian household, you’d have heard about the “wind-ridding” properties your mum/grandma/random auntie has gone on about several times. In other words, by reducing bloating and gas, ginger helps with a better digestive system. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help with osteoarthritis, and help relieve sore muscles. However, we think it’s best for stomach discomfort of any sort, such as nausea or menstrual discomfort!
7) Green Tea
Universally recognised as a “good” beverage, green tea contains antioxidants and active ingredients which help fight free radicals. It also helps with liver functions, can can help protect the liver from diseases. Also, it helps prevent against certain types of cancer, and are known to have anti-aging properties as well. And for those looking to lose weight, green tea helps burn fat and improve physical performance!
8) Cruciferous Vegetables and Leafy Greens
Before we start, let’s give you a list of vegetables under this subheading. Common vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, kale, watercress and Brussels sprouts. Everyone knows the phrase “eat your veggies”, especially these veggies, and here’s why. They have anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects, which is actually reason enough to consume them on a regular basis. Pro tip: broccoli has been linked to protection against air pollution, so may we suggest everyone get some broccoli today!
Article sourced from and inspired by OMGloh.