Eating healthy is a great way to detox your body from those nasty toxins, preservatives, colors and flavorings in processed foods. Most of us can’t get away with eating a few processed foods and that’s fine. However if you are interested eating more healthy and felling more energy these tips will help detox your system without going on a diet.
For many of us, eating healthy is a foreign concept. The hustle and bustle of daily life means we need to eat something quickly and get to our next engagement. If we give any consideration to healthy eating habits at all, it’s usually that we occasionally pick up something new at the store.
“It says it’s healthy on the box, so it must be good,” we tell ourselves. This kind of attitude can actively harm you health.
In my experience, the most common reason that people are not eating better is very simple: They have not committed to making a lifestyle change. It’s true! Eating healthy foods is not hard. You don’t have to count calories. In fact, if you learn a handful of easy recipes and be sure to incorporate some great-tasting foods, you’re practically there already!
Garlic does an excellent job of adding depth to many dishes. If you are a fan of Italian cuisine, you may already eat lots of it.
That’s great, because garlic is chock-full of essential nutrients that contribute to your well-being and detoxing your body. If you consider recommended daily amounts, just one ounce of garlic contains:
- 23% of your Manganese
- 17% of your Vitamin B6
- 15% of your Vitamin C
- 6% of your Selenium
There are smaller amounts of several other nutrients as well. If you’re heating oil to sauté something, grab a couple of garlic cloves and toss them in as well. Garlic is an inexpensive way to boost the nutritional content of just about any meal, and it’s also extremely easy to grow your own!
Salt has certainly gotten a bad reputation over the last several years. Since heart disease is one of the leading causes of death, everyone wants to be cautious about eating only “heart healthy” foods. Perhaps it’s time to consider the question of heart disease a little more closely.
We’re constantly bombarded with messages about reducing salt. Half of the packages you pickup at the grocery store proudly claim to be “low sodium,” and yet heart disease remains a leading killer. Could it be that salt is not the culprit?
In fact, salt (NOT the cheap conventional white table salt) has a number of extremely beneficial effects for the human body, even in large amounts. The negatives are also drastically overstated or misreported.
For starters, salt is an electrolyte. It allows you to work out harder and for longer periods of time. If you normally drink water during a workout, you can see a huge benefit just from adding a little salt to the water.
Important note – Make sure you use the best salt that is good for you. We recommend Himalayan salt, which is easily found in your local health food store. It’s inexpensive and has more than 84 trace minerals, including calcium, potassium and magnesium!
Salt also increases the flexibility of your cardiovascular system. This means your body can respond appropriately to changes in blood pressure. If you are living a low-sodium lifestyle, your veins are more brittle and blood pressure changes take a higher toll on your body.
Your adrenal glands depend on salt in order to function. Salt yields increased glial cell counts in your brain. It’s even a crucial component in many bodily fluids, such as blood plasma, lymphatic fluid, and extracellular fluid.
If you were raised eating liver, you have a distinct advantage when it comes to having a healthy diet. For many people, however, liver is a disgusting food they would never consider eating. If this is how you feel, take a moment to consider that liver is the most nutrient-dense food there is.
Still reading? Great.
- Consider some of these incredible things found in liver:
- Coenzyme Q10, an incredible anti-oxidant which may play a massive role in defending against things like heart failure, periodontal disease, and even cancer
- Good levels of purines, which play a role in the formation of DNA and RNA
- Extremely high levels of iron, in a bio-available form. In fact, liver is one of the fastest ways to counter anemia
- High in Protein
- The highest amount of Vitamin A in any food
- B vitamins – B1, B2, B6, and especially B12
- Folic acid
- An unidentified but well-documented anti-fatigue factor. This has been shown to increase the time before exhaustion by six times or more compared to a liver-free diet
If you still find the very idea of consuming liver to be unpalatable, try looking up some recipes. Try a few different types. Beef, chicken, duck, goose, turkey, lamb, and veal are all high-quality liver options.
While there are many cultures that consume liver raw, cooked liver can be worked into all kinds of dishes and this can single-handedly cause dramatic improvement in your life.
Piece by Piece
If you’ve been following the standard dietary guidelines, all three of the suggestions above may seem crazy. Maybe you have a low-sodium diet now. Maybe you don’t like the taste of garlic because your grandma used to put 12 cloves in every dish. Maybe you have never even considered eating liver, because you’ve always assumed it would taste bad. The truth is, eating habits like these can prevent or slow down the natural detox process in your body.
By studying the published research on these, it quickly becomes obvious that they are important parts of a healthy lifestyle. My best advice: give them a try. Use a little fresh garlic in place of packaged garlic powder in your next casserole. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt to every meal. Cook a few pieces of liver with some sautéed mushrooms and onions. Or, if you’re not feeling quite so bold, you can use a cheese grater on frozen liver to add tiny pieces to a dish you already love.
Perhaps the greatest part of eating healthy is that it allows your body to rid itself of toxins and detoxify your body. Even something as simple as adding some high quality salt to your water can have cleansing effects that will benefit your vitality and well-being. Increased nutrient absorption, better circulation, and more energy are waiting for you. No diet required.
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