Today I started a 30 detox, plant-based cleanse. I believe that a proper detox/cleanse is appropriate to do at least once a year. The particular cleanse I’ve chosen will be working on gut health, detoxing heavy metals, glyphosates, and parasites, all while improving my immune system.
You may remember that the gut is really what controls your body. With 80 percent of our immune system residing there, the state of our gut helps determine how we feel, physically and mentally, most days. The relationship between good and bad gut bacteria is the secret to a healthier you. I want my good and bad bacteria to work together.
I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be easy, and it will take commitment to stay the course. I’m a meat eater, a fish fanatic, so this will be a challenge. However, it’s a challenge I choose to take because if I find this cleanse beneficial, then I will be able to recommend it to my clients, in parts or the whole 30 days.
I have found that Summer is the best time to complete a cleanse as local fresh fruit and vegetables are abundant. When you’re doing a plant-based cleanse, you rely on having quality, nutrient-dense foods to get you through the day. This isn’t a fasting cleanse; you can eat. You can eat a lot, but only foods that are plants, and quite frankly, most of it is raw.
Here are some of the vegetables I will be taking advantage of, they are in season, and full of nutrition.
- Beets – Beets are chock full of nutrients, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. They are instrumental in helping promote a healthy liver.
- Onions – are high in vitamin C, are a good source of dietary fiber, and folic acid. Onions help aid in blood sugar regulation and have been shown to lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
- Green beans – are high in Vitamin K, which supports bone health.
- Asparagus – a nutrient-packed vegetable. It is a good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. It also supports gut health and the overall digestive system.
- Peppers, green, yellow, orange, and red – are high in Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and a robust immune system.
- Kale – is an excellent source of Vitamins K and C; it is high in antioxidants, helps build collagen, and may reduce high blood pressure.
- Collard greens – are an excellent source of Calcium and support bone health.
- Spinach – is a prime source of iron and is high in phytonutrients, which function as anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Arugula – is packed with vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, potassium, folate, vitamins C, K, and A. Helps support bone health.
- Carrots– are high in vitamin A which supports vision health and boosts the immune system.
- Tomatoes– are an excellent source of Vitamins C, A, E, and manganese, high in antioxidants. Antioxidants may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Brussel Sprouts – are especially rich in vitamin K, which is necessary for bone health.
- Radish – are a good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps battle free radicals in your body and helps prevent cell damage caused by aging, an unhealthy lifestyle, and environmental toxins.
- Celery – is rich in vitamin K, and it also contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. Celery can reduce inflammation in the body.
I will also eat some fruits, such as berries of every kind, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, mango, lemon, lime, and some kiwi.
All of the fruits I just mentioned contain an abundance of antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control. They are high in fiber, they help fight inflammation, and are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
This week I challenge you to include vegetables and fruits that are green, red, yellow, orange, white, blue, and purple into your diet; these will provide you with plenty of vital nutrients that enhance your health.
Remember, buy in season and as local as possible.
I will keep you posted about this cleanse.