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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-04-10

Healthty, Healthier, and Healthiest With These Detoxifying Foods

In the world today with all the processed foods, pollutants, chemicals, and pesticides, amongst other things being put into our bodies it is nice to know that there are some foods that can help our bodies to detoxify and heal. Below are a few foods that can help your body cleanse itself naturally.

Broccoli-has been shown to detoxify carcinogens in liver cells.

Spinach-high in fiber and B vitamins soothes the nervous system, helps protect against and possibly reverse macular degeneration.

Capsaicin
-the “hot stuff” in chili peppers has been found to soothe the stomach lining, detoxify the body and fight colds.

Green Teas-induce detoxifying enzymes for chemical or cell protection.

Sweet Potatoes-these delicious delights have double the vitamin C, more fiber and fewer calories than white potatoes and contain antioxidants that may reduce inflammation in bones and muscles. They are also a good source of beta-carotene, which protects against respiratory infections. They may also protect against sunburn and help wounds heal and scars fade.

Legumes-such as lentils and kidney beans are among the best sources of folate which helps fight heart disease.

Now, I will confess to having an intense dislike for sweet potatoes (along with ketchup, mayonnaise and meat) but after reading all the good that they do I think I need to reevaluate and give them another try. The others seem easy to fit into your diet but the sweet potatoes will take some effort on my part.

Have a happy and healthy weekend!
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11 comments:

John said...
I'm good with all of these. The Sweet potatoes probably make it at the bottom of my list, too.
Sicilian said...
I have had sweet potato fries here in Texas. . . they are not half bad with ketchup. . . oops that won't work for you :) I am not fond of them either unless you put a lot of sweet marshmallows on top or make them into pie.
Ciao
jacqueline said...
I'm a big fan of all of these healthy foods. Though I don't find ketchup repulsive, I could live without it. Thanks for sharing.
Jarlin said...
This is very useful. Thanks for the info.
Dori said...
I like all of these too. I'm especially into the green tea these days.
Steve Borgman said...
Hmmm....I need to figure out a way to combine broccoli, sweet potatoes, and legumes into a nice smoothie. Well...maybe not, but I'll have to find another way to eat them ;)
betchai said...
oh, this is good news to me since i eat a lot of them :) maybe i am used to sweet potatoes and yams since that's what we are used to in the philippines. i actually prefer to put sweet potatoes in tofu curry over potatoes because of the natural sweet taste that contrast the spiciness of the curry. also, i can have sweet potato for breakfast and snack :)
sweet potato's is one of my favorite because since we are young my parents serve this delicious food as snack in the afternoon!
fit4all said...
How on earth will those healthy detoxifying foods ever become my favorite to eat, I wonder...
I have decided to have a "more veggie" week this week, and will definitely put these on my list. I'm with you on the sweet potatoes. They just never did it for me. My Mom loves them, though!

Now, how to handle those chili peppers..... ;)
ssgreylord said...
i'm always and still amazed by the many helpful benefits of the foods we eat, even when we're not aware of them. that's why i love your lists, cuz it makes me feel even better about what i eat. thanks, heidi. xxoo

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