Whilst many choose the beginning of the year or the summertime to embark on a cleanse, according to Chinese Medicine, spring is the time of year when the focus should be on supporting the liver, the body's main detoxifying organ. This season we've been incorporating the following foods into our day to reap the benefits of a gentle seasonal detox, one bite at a time.
An aevi favourite, avocados are full of antioxidants and beneficial fats that help rid the body of unhealthy cholesterol and free radicals whilst keeping us full and nourished. Our detox staple, avocado is additionally surprisingly high in plant-based protein, making it a great ingredient to incorporate into any meal.
A root vegetable whose medicinal value dates back to ancient times, this wonderfully versatile aevi pick offers anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities. Ginger is also known to stimulate digestion, circulation and sweating, serving to cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver and other organs. Juice alongside your favourite veggies or grate and add to stir-fries and other Asian inspired dishes.
One of our non-negotiable pantry-essentials, as well as being one of the most anti-oxidant rich spices on the planet, turmeric has also been shown to assist the liver in detoxifying toxic chemicals from the body by increasing the levels of two important liver detoxifying enzymes needed for optimum detoxification. What’s more, in a recent study, researches concluded that turmeric used widely as a spice in cooking could potentially mitigate the effects of several dietary carcinogens. We love making creamy turmeric lattes using Wunder Workshops (read our interview with the founder here) and adding to our morning porridge.
Boasting an array of antioxidants that help alkalize the blood and strengthen our digestive organs, sea vegetables contain a potent detoxifying compound, alginic acid, best known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins from the digestive tract. Sea vegetables also include the broadest range of minerals you can find in any food out there. We love adding them to soups, stews and of course, sushi.
Loaded with detoxifying antioxidants, blueberries are one of our favourite cleansing additions to our daily diets. A recent study published by the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that regular consumption of blueberries was able to slow the progression of liver disease without the side effects common with conventional treatments. We love adding ours to our morning oats and chia pudding, smoothies or simply enjoyed by the handful on a balmy springtime afternoon.
Image: Ginger turmeric tonic from The Kitchen McCabe