There’s a lot of talk about “superfoods” these days, and their ability to protect and promote your health, so what better way to consume these foods than with your own health boosting superfood detox drink or detox juice.
I have purposely left out any detox drink recipes from this list, as not every body likes all the Superfoods on this list, so pick out a few that you like and juice them. My personal favorites are apples, carrots and papaya.
Apples are very cleansing for the digestive system, encouraging the removal of toxins through the gut. They are rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory actions. Eat or juice apples unpeeled, as the quercetin is concentrated near and within the skin. Have apples as snacks, in fruit salads, grated on to cereal or as a freshly juiced detox drink.
Carrots are terrific cleansers and are great for the skin, too. Rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, they can help protect against lung cancer. The beta-carotene is best absorbed when eaten with a little fat or oil, or when eaten as part of a dressed salad, in stir-fries and casseroles or when juiced. When juicing, wash them but leave umpeeled.
The phytochemicals in garlic can help protect against heart disease, high blood pressure and colon cancer, and can also reduce blood cholesterol levels. It is a natural decongestant and its anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties help fight colds and infections. Crush garlic before adding it to dishes to release its beneficial compounds. For a detox juice, add the crushed garlic direct to the finished juice or blend in afterwards.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage) are packed with beneficial phytochemicals that help fight cancer, especially of the bowel, stomach, breast, lungs and kidney. They are also rich in vitamin C, folic acid, calcium and beta-carotene. Eat raw in salads or as crudites, or steam briefly to conserve the nutrients. Ideal for juicing or can be added to the finished juice in a blender.
Sprouted mung beans
Sprouted mung beans contain several times more vitamin C than un-sprouted beans, as well as enzymes, protein and fiber. Eat them raw in salads or as a snack.
Lemons have a strong cleansing effect and help stimulate the digestive system and even have their own detox program named after them (the Lemon Detox). They are full of vitamin C and are a great source of phytochemicals with well-known anti-cancer effects. The phytochemicals are found in the peel, pith and juice, so make use of the whole lemon. Use the peel to add zest to fruit salads and rice and quinoa salads. Use the juice in dressings or added to water for a refreshing and cleansing drink.
This nutty-flavored tiny grain is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium and several B vitamins. Steam or boil and eat instead of pasta or rice or as a breakfast cereal. Mix into soups, pilafs and salads.
Papayas contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber and phytochemicals with strong antioxidant properties. They also contain a useful enzyme, papain, to help digestion. Use papayas in fruit salads or as a topping for muesli. They are also delicious in smoothies and detox drinks and juices.
Flaxseeds (linseeds) are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 oils and contain the perfect natural fiber that protects your gut lining and prevents the absorption of bile acids. They help eliminate waste from the body, prevent constipation and encourage regular bowel movements. Choose pre-cracked organic golden flaxseeds (linseeds) and store in the fridge. Sprinkle on muesli, salads and porridge or use as a dessert topping.
Note: If you are currently taking a forskolin extract supplement pill, consult your physician before starting any detox regimens.