Who doesn’t want a cleaner body? Even if our diet and lifestyle isn’t the best, it’s something most of us aspire to. After all, a cleaner body means a healthier one, with the potential to decrease the risk of illness and serious diseases.
Even if you have difficulty working out regularly or don’t have much time to plan the food you eat, there are some simple changes you can make that can have a marked positive effect on your health.
Here are five easy changes you could make to your diet to make your body cleaner and healthier.
#1 – Oats
Oats are an inexpensive, underrated superfood. They are a great source of fiber, which regulates the bowels and prevents constipation. This not only eliminates toxins efficiently, it also prevents toxin reabsorption.
Oats are great for improving the condition of hair, skin and nails, and can help with weight loss as the protein in oats keeps you feeling full for longer than other foods. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Overnight raw oats are so easy to prepare. Simply add oats to a mixture of water and milk – I use half water, half milk. Use enough to cover the oats by about one inch.
If you want to, add some dried or fresh fruit, cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a healthy, creamy delicious breakfast waiting for you.
#2 – Citrus Fruit
We know all fruit and vegetables are good for us, but in particular, citrus fruit contains lots of antioxidants which absorb harmful free radical chemicals and enzymes which boost the digestive system, helping to cleanse and refresh the body.
There are lots of helpful oils and phytochemical in and just under the skin of most fruits, so don’t leave them out! Try slices of citrus steeped in warm water through the day to give your beautiful body a boost.
#3 – Garlic
Garlic helps the liver – one of our most important detoxifying organs – to produce essential cleansing enzymes that help to filter out and neutralize toxins.
In addition, garlic has been linked with decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and helps the immune system to fight colds, viruses and infections, including fungal infections. Some research suggests garlic can help to control blood sugar levels and has a similar effect to prescription medication in reducing blood pressure.
Raw garlic is most effective, and it makes a really tasty addition to salad dressings, homemade hummus and greek yoghurt-based dips. If you’re worried about the odor from raw garlic, consider trying garlic supplements as an alternative (source).
#4 – Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is made from young tea leaves which are matured in the shade before harvest, and has around ten times the nutritional value of regular tea, and a lot less caffeine.
Matcha contains chlorophyll, which has powerful detoxifying, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Chlorophyll also helps to regulate acidity in the body, maintaining a healthy internal environment.
Matcha has a naturally sweet, almost creamy taste, and swapping your regular coffee or tea for matcha – look out for the top-quality Japanese organic matcha – is an easy change that can help to eliminate toxins and move one step closer to a healthier you (source).
#5 – Water
Although it’s not exactly a food, the health benefits of water are so amazing. Water help to flush out toxins and waste products from your liver and kidneys, plumps up the skin, reducing the signs of aging, breakouts and retaining elasticity, speeds up healing processes and promotes good blood circulation.
Once you get into the habit of keeping a bottle of water with you during the day, you soon become accustomed to making sure it’s finished – and preferably re-filled and finished a second time!
In hot weather, I fill up my water bottle to half or three-quarters before I go to bed and freeze it. In the morning I top it up with water before I leave home – instant cool refreshing water on the go!
Trying to eat cleaner and healthier can often seem like a huge challenge when looking at our whole diet and considering the changes we might need to make.
However, it needn’t be such a mountainous task – if we take things steady and change one thing at a time, every step has a positive effect on your health and each and every change we make on its own creates a healthier you!