We want to give you some foods and strategies to detoxify an organ that is essential for you and your body. This organ cleanses your blood, controls all systems in your body, and works with all the other organs, especially your liver, to optimize your body’s numerous functions. Any idea what it is yet? Okay, here’s another hint: you have 2 of them …
Yes, you guess it! It’s your Kidneys!!!
Let us begin with giving you a few signs that your kidneys need to be detoxed …
- Unexplained Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
This is all possible because of a hormone imbalance in your body from your kidneys being a little “filthy”. But don’t worry, we are going to help you clean these up this week.
A natural diuretic and detoxifier, radishes will help your body pull toxins out of your bloodstream and kidneys. Given that the kidneys function as a natural filter and can become a collection point for any toxins we consume, it’s important to help the body clean them out.
Along with tomatoes, watermelon has gone up to the front of the line in recent studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially crucial for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is necessary for bone health too. Among whole, fresh fruits that are commonly eaten in the U.S., watermelon now accounts for more U.S. intake of lycopene (by weight of fruit eaten) than any other fruit.
To prevent a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber pieces before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish numerous essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
According to a 10-year study from the Netherlands about carrot intake and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)– and those results are remarkable. Intake of vegetables and fruits in the study was categorized by color and concentrated on four color classifications: green, orange/yellow, red/purple, and white. Out of these four categories, orange/yellow (and in particular, foods with deeper shades of orange and yellow) emerged as most protective against CVD. As well as more striking, carrots were determined to be the most prominent member of this dark orange/yellow food category. People who consumed 50 or 75 grams more had an even more reduced risk of CVD!
Studies suggest that parsley– especially its essential oil– may have a role in preventing cancerous tumors. In fact, scientists have billed it a ‘chemoprotective’ food.
The best-known sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, so it might be a surprise to find out that 1 cup of sliced red cabbage has 56 percent of the recommended daily intake of this essential vitamin. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights inflammation and protects cells from damage that leads to chronic health conditions, such as heart disease.
The potential health benefits of celery (and its seeds) include: lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and preventing age-related degeneration of vision.
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