Hurricane Irma will be remembered for a lot of bad things, but there were a lot of good things that happened as well. Being without power for a considerable amount of time gives one a chance to truly put things into perspective … and in your mouth.
I ate things over the past few weeks that I haven’t eaten in years, including a lot of processed and comfort food. I enjoyed every bite, but my body is really feeling the backlash. For a few days I was experiencing a processed food hangover. When you binge on something that your body is not accustomed to, you need to detoxify.
Detoxification is a great way to rid the body of all the preservatives and unwanted additives that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Toxins can be introduced into our bodies through food, and food is also a great way to detoxify the body. There are a number vegetables and fruit, along with plenty of water, that will help rid your body of toxins, replace lost vitamins and nutrients. There are several additional benefits to detoxification as well:
Boosts energy, clears the mind and enhances mental alertness.
Supports weight loss and healthy skin, gives your metabolism a quick boost and slows the signs of aging.
Reduces disease-causing inflammation and gives your liver chance to rest a little.
Cleanses your liver and gives your body a fighting chance
You don’t need to fast to detox, and many foods that rid your body of unwanted toxins are available right in your local grocery store. You can combine some of them with 64 ounces of purified water and consume a gallon a day for at least 3 days. You should also eliminate as many processed foods as possible while doing this. You make it harder for your body to eliminate toxins when you are putting more in.
Detox drinks are easy to create and the right combination will get us on our way to better health. Watermelon, full of vitamins A and B, helps support skin health and is a great anti-inflammatory warrior. The ascorbic acid in lemon juice is perfect for detoxification because it aids digestion, and the vitamin C stimulates and boosts our immune system. Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid, which boosts your metabolism and digestive function and aids in cleaning the liver and balancing your body’s pH level. Refreshing mint is the star of the detox world because it has the most antioxidant capabilities of any food, soothes your tummy and increases digestion. This combination is great because it aids the body in getting rid of those nasty toxins faster. And raspberries are great because they contain ketones, which are responsible for helping you lose weight. They are also high in vitamin C and vitamin B.
These are just a few of the many foods that will help you naturally detox without the use of pills and fad diets. Creating a detox water combination is simple and you can always adjust to your preferred tastes. Create your 3-7 day detox by adding the above-mentioned fruits and vegetables in any combination to a glass jar with purified room temperature water and let steep for 3 to 5 hours minimum. Once this is done, refrigerate your water. You should be able to taste your additions.
ZE’S POST-HURRICANE DETOX
This is like a refreshing lemonade, and the sweet basil helps to round out the tartness of the lemon.
The juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 sprigs fresh basil
Add all ingredients to 64 ounces of purified water and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours. Refrigerate and consume within the next 12 hours. Discard and use fresh ingredients each day for the next 3 to 7 days.
Ze Carter is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.