Up to 80% of our immune system is concentrated in our gut. If our body is properly detoxifying and the useful bacteria is in balance in our gut, we have the natural superpower of resisting colds and the flu without antibiotics, scientists claim. Some foods can also help us cleanse our blood from heavy metals and prevent blood clots, and some can fight bad breath like a pro.
We at Bright Side love the idea of cleansing our body naturally, so we decided to look for proven tips for removing toxins from our bodies. And we’d love for you to take a look at them together with us.
1. Avocados remove chemicals from the liver.
These nutritional powerhouses lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels, while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. For people with high blood pressure, these fruits are especially valuable, as they help lower it naturally and help avoid the risk of heart disease and stroke.
2. Pineapples break down cholesterol.
Pineapples are a fruit that contain the natural fat burner bromelain, which helps our body break down proteins and digest them. Pineapples are especially effective in breaking down cholesterol and removing it from the body. They thin the blood and break down blood clots. Pineapples are best if eaten fresh and canned pineapples are not advised since the enzyme bromelain is destroyed in the canning process.
3. Sauerkraut removes toxins and provides clearer skin.
This fermented food is easily processed by our digestive system since it is already “pre-digested” during fermentation. This mixture is probiotic and full of fiber, it leads to less bloating, a flatter tummy, and clearer skin as it helps cure acne. Sauerkraut helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently. It gives you more energy because less of it is being used by your body to digest, so you will have an increase in energy naturally.
4. Fresh and dried apricots remove constipation.
Dried apricots are known for their natural laxative effect. If you’re prone to constipation, this food will give you a cleansing effect, acting as a natural “brush” for your guts. Fresh apricots have a huge amount of fiber, which helps you stay full for a longer time and in the meantime feeds the good bacteria in your gut. This fruit is high in anti-oxidants and promotes not only a good natural cleansing, but helps your eyes stay healthy.
5. Spirulina helps fight body odor.
Spirulina is an algae that grows in both fresh and saltwater. This ingredient is considered one of the strongest in cleansing the blood from heavy metals. But the most attractive feature of this green powder is the ability of its main ingredient, chlorophyll, to neutralize body odor. Chlorophyll is called by doctors “an internal deodorant” and by consuming it, the body gains the smell of a freshly taken shower.
6. Grapefruit gives you extra energy and shapes the waist.
Grapefruit contains nootkatones, which are chemical compounds that may boost metabolism and promote weight loss. They’re also high in fiber, which keeps you full and can help balance blood sugar levels. The basis of a grapefruit detox is the golden grapefruit rule: enjoy half a grapefruit with every meal for a week to get an extra dose of nutrients like fiber and vitamins A and C.
7. Cucumber naturally freshens the breath.
Water from cucumbers prevents a dry mouth and also washes away excess unwanted food residue that may be present after a meal. Similar to apples, the crunch factor also helps stimulate saliva production which aids in hydrating your mouth. In fact, holding a slice of cucumber between your tongue and the roof of your mouth helps limit odor. Crunchy vegetables also help remove plaque on the teeth and gums, which bacteria can feed on.
Do you have your own know-how on freshening your breath with food? What is the food that you prefer to use as a part of your body cleansing program?