You just started a detox plan and you are so excited to experience the benefits.  You may be wondering; how can I maximize my results? March is National Nutrition Month and we are reminded of the importance of food choices. Nutritious foods hold the power to do so many great things for our health, especially while we detox. Let’s explore together which foods support optimal detoxification results. Maybe you can incorporate a few of these into your detox plan.

1. Turmeric Root

Turmeric root contains curcumin, which is a wonderfully strong antioxidant. You can purchase turmeric root and grate it, toast it, make tea with it, or use it on beans or in sauces for added flavor. It’s commonly used in Indian cooking and adds a nice yellow/orange hue which holds the antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help detoxify by neutralizing free radicals (toxins), and escorting them out of the body. Turmeric/curcumin is so effective at detoxification that it noticeably reduces inflammation to the point of relieving pain just as well as NSAIDs like iburofen. The plus side of using turmeric root or curcumin supplements rather than NSAIDs is that you don’t get the negative side effects of NSAIDs, like stomach ulcers.

2. Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens (spinach and Swiss chard, for example) are a great source of magnesium, which is crucial for the removal of heavy metals like mercury and lead. Mercury and lead exposures can lead to Alzheimer’s, cancer or heart disease. In order to take enough magnesium to feel the benefits, and reduce risk of disease from heavy metals,  you need about 400 mg daily as a minimum. This would be 3 servings of dark leafy greens per day. If you are stressed, drink coffee, have sleep issues, or work out a lot, then you probably need to take 600mg daily, which would require 4 servings of dark leafy greens. Most women need more like 800mg per day due to magnesium being so important for hormone balance. You can also take an Epson salt bath to increase magnesium levels, or take a magnesium supplement.

3. Green Tea

Drinking Green Tea is a great way to keep your teeth and mouth clean, as well as your cells. Green tea is full of antioxidants that support the detox process, reduce inflammation, improve brain function and help boost metabolism. Some of the benefits of drinking green tea regularly or taking a supplement would be a good, steady energy level throughout the day, clearer mind, better focus, and improved metabolism. If you drink a cup of green tea after each meal, you may also have cleaner teeth when you go to the dentist and get to skip the scraping/cleaning routine.

4. Lemon water

Lemon water contains de-lemonene which triggers liver enzymes to release and flush toxins. It can also trigger a bowel movement. Add fresh basil to the lemon water for additional detox benefits. Basil contains antioxidants that can also act as a natural diuretic to help flush kidneys.

5. Beets

Putting a few beets on your salad can’t hurt either. Beets contain antioxidants called betalains that support phase 2 detoxification. The more support you provide to your body during phase 2 detox, the less detox symptoms you may experience (headaches, body aches, etc.). Beets also help your body produce nitric oxide which supports lower blood pressure and helps dilate arteries similar to a good workout. The only downside to trying to eat a lot of beets is that beets also contain carbs, so if you are trying to avoid carbs, go for a good supplement with beet extracts like Neo40.

Avoid dairy, gluten and refined carbs.

What you DON’T eat can be just as important as what you do eat. For optimal detox results, skip dairy, gluten and refined carbs. After lunch, go for a piece of fruit, like an apple or pear. After dinner, drink a cup of green tea with unsweetened almond milk and natural sweetener. Let your stomach digest the food you just ate and then rest. When your digestive system is resting, blood can flow to other parts of your body for healing and balance.

The benefits of an effective detox plan often include weight loss, relief from allergies, improved hormone balance, clearer mind, better focus, clearer skin and brighter moods. Nutritious foods and supplements from Hotze Vitamins can help you get optimal results, but for specific questions or more individualized guidance, contact Hotze Vitamins today at 800-579-6545 and ask to speak to an expert nutritionist.