Date: 4/6/2017 5:47 PM EDT
Hi there! Welcome to The Sole Connection, and our first blog
post of Body & Sole. Here you will find an array of articles written on
topics covering health and nutrition, fitness, and mind and emotional
Today I would like to share with you
5 foods that you should add to your diet this spring. I don’t know about you
but every year when the weather finally warms up and everything starts to bloom
and come to life, it sparks something inside of me that craves that same
experience for my body. Winter has a way of challenging our immune systems and
our poor liver gets overworked. Luckily there are natural ways we can detox and
start with a clean slate for the upcoming spring and summer months. Try adding
at least one of these foods to your diet each week and you’ll be feeling as
good as new just in time for the new season.
1) Garlic: There’s a
reason why garlic fends off vampires…it is the most effective broad spectrum
anti-microbial agent and it contains more than 39 different anti-fungal,
bacterial, parasitic and viral agents! In fact, it is so strong that if you put
a few slices on your feet you will be able to taste garlic in your mouth! Garlic
is considered a super detox food since it contains flavonoids that cause
glutathione to be produced, one of the liver's strongest antioxidants.
2) Beets: Besides their
beautiful deep red/purple color, beets are extremely good for you, especially
during a time of detox. They are very rich in flavonoids, beta-carotene, and iron which cleanses the
blood. Beets contain 3 special nutrients: betaine,
which helps the liver eliminate toxins; pectin, a fiber that clears toxins
already removed by the liver; and betalains,
which are high anti-inflammatory pigments that encourage the whole detox
3) Turmeric: This is the
bright orange spice that’s commonly used in Indian dishes. There are so many
health benefits, and many of them are related to detox and digestive health.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help heal the gut and
supports good bacterial growth. It also contains curcumin which stimulates the
gall bladder and causes it to release bile which improves liver function.
4) Watercress: This tiny
but powerful plant contains many detoxifying nutrients including several B
vitamins, zinc, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. It is also a natural
diuretic which means it helps your body flush out toxins. Here’s a fun fact:
The Anglo Saxons used watercress to “spring clean” the blood.
5) Fennel: This white
bulbed veggie is related to other stalk vegetables like celery and parsnips. It
contains a large amount of vitamins and anti-inflammatory chemicals. It is
especially high in vitamin C which has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties,
which is exactly what you want during a detox. Fennel is high in fiber and low
in calories so it is a great food for cleansing.
If you would like to take your detox one step further, we
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Well, there you have it…5 new foods to try this month. Step
outside of your comfort zone and your body will thank you for it!
In health and happiness,
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