Super-Foods for Spring Cleaning and Detoxification

Spring is officially here, and as the sun starts to shine most people feel the urge to lighten their loads. Whether this is in the form of getting rid of stuff around the house, wearing lighter clothes, or losing a few of those holiday pounds, we naturally have an inclination to do some spring cleaning. For our body’s, this comes in the form of “cleansing” or “detoxing”.  These two words don’t have to be as extreme as they sound. Rather they imply adding in spring foods to help cleanse our digestive system, liver, and cells from toxins or excess fat that was not used during winter months. With spring come some of the best mineral packed, detoxifying foods. Try adding these 5 amazing, super foods into your diet and start to feel light and alive. Try mixing these baby’s together with a little olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar to make a cleansing low calorie/nutrient dense salad:1. Dandelion: Dandelions are a powerful food for a liver detox diet.  It stimulates the digestive juices, helping the digestion of fats. It also contains 48 substances that support your body to detox naturally. Spring is the ideal time to benefit from dandelion greens, as they get too bitter later in the summer. 2.Grapefruit:  Grapefruits not only contain high amounts of vitamin C, but they also contain large amounts of potassium, vitamin A, and Fiber. Grapefruit contains pectin which is a soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol and slow the buildup of plaque on the inside walls of blood vessels. Ruby red grapefruit juice also contains lycopene which helps prevent LDL (bad cholesterol) from damaging artery walls. 3. Watercress: Cultivated almost exclusively in spring-fed streams, watercress is considered a superfood because of its high content of antioxidants, vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Historically, watercress was revered for its nutrition and healing properties, more specifically in cleansing the blood, kidneys, and liver. 4. Curly Endive and other baby greens: Endive is rich in Vitamins A and B; iron and potassium. It has detoxifying effects that act as a tonic for the liver and gallbladder, and it aids in digestion. Baby greens contain large amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, iron and numerous trace minerals. Spring is the ideal time to introduce yourself to the health benefits of leafy greens as young tender leaves haven’t developed bitterness. 5. Cucumber: Cucumbers are 95 percent water! The high water content and dietary fiber are very effective in ridding the body of toxins and aiding digestion. Cucumbers also contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber which work effectively for regulating blood pressure. The combination of Vitamin C and caffeic acid in the flesh of a cucumber helps reduce inflammation.