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Jumpstart Your Weight Loss With These Cleansing Foods
February 21, 2015

You want to lose weight, but how? You’ve tried everything, dieting, starvation, exercise but it doesn’t seem to do anything. The problem is that sugar and flour are so prevalent in the foods that we eat and so addictive that they cause us not only to over eat but they spike insulin and inflammation within the body causing us to store belly fat.  Losing weight is about putting the right types of food into your body so that it can rid the body of the bad stuff. This can be done by cleansing or detoxing to jumpstart your weight loss and reboot your metabolism.  Don’t think of detox as deprivation, but as ridding your body of sugar and all the things that turn into sugar. The foods that you will eat will not only cleanse your body, but they will help to eliminate cravings, headaches, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Whole foods provide the body with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients to promote speedy digestion, clean out the GI tract and ultimately lose weight. Check out these foods to start your journey to weight loss.

Here is a list of whole foods to cleanse your body and jumpstart your weight loss.



Vegetables

Artichokes contain antioxidants which stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats. When bile flows efficiently it helps to clear the system of potentially inflammatory substances.

Beets contain betalains a plant pigment that has powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties.

Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetables, known for their powerful antioxidant properties and their reduced risk of certain cancers.


Collard greens increase bile acid binding. Bile binds to large lipid molecules and pulls them apart helping to excrete them normally.


Onions and garlic are part of the allium family which contains the antioxidants flavonoids. This gives them their powerful anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties.

Green veggies are a good source of glutathione an antioxidant that is essential for liver detox. Fresh vegetables are a great source of insoluble fiber, which helps the digestive tract run smoothly and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Fruits

Avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and glutathione, an antioxidant which blocks the absorption of certain fats.

Lemons are rich in the antioxidant vitamin C.


Herbs


Dandelion root acts like a diuretic to increase urine production.

Dill & Fennel-These herbs are rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory substances. They are also high in fiber but low in calories.


Milk thistle promotes liver detoxification. The plant compounds in milk thistle assist the liver in removing toxins from healthy blood cells.




Wheat grass is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Others

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and contains caffeine which gives it an energizing effect. It is also a diuretic helping to alleviate bloating and counteract water retention.

Yogurt contains probiotics, a healthy bacteria needed in the stomach to aid in digestion and boost the body’s natural immune system.