Spring, the time when nature reawakens and plants begin to sprout and grow, is a great time to do the “big cleanse.” It just makes sense from nature’s perspective to rid your body of anything that might have accumulated during the winter months (in my case, perhaps a few extra holiday pounds or even some toxins lingering in the liver from everyday living).
Asparagus, watercress, berries, and lemons are delicious detox foods, because they carry unique compounds that cleanse your organs and intestinal tract. Asparagus shoots contain a wide range of detox boosters, including a family of unique anti-inflammatory compounds called saponins, along with detox nutrients like vitamin C and E. Watercress, from the cruciferous family, contains sulfur compounds that can kick liver function into high gear. Naturally low-sugar berries are important for detox, since they are high in fiber, which lightly “scrapes” the digestive tract clean while helping to balance your blood sugar.
In Ayurveda, we are advised to start each day by drinking lukewarm lemon water, in order to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis (in other words, to keep things moving). Lemons also help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. Happy spring!
Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef”, is a leader in promoting healthy, vibrant lifestyles though a diet of delicious and nutritious easy-to-prepare meals. A classically trained chef, certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Iserloh is the best-selling author of 50 Shades of Kale and Healthy Cheats, among other books.