You can do a summer cleanse this year by eating seasonal and fresh food, there are fruits that will help you in detoxification this summer season, remember to go outdoors and enjoy the sun. Summers are the best time to get outdoors and get your dose of vitamin D, and visit the local farmer’s market and pick the yummiest and freshest foods. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients that protect from diseases and are heart healthy.
Eat some berries
Summers are the time for berry harvesting and your local farmer’s market would be glimmering with colorful berries; including strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries that are light and refreshing in the Summers. You can eat them alone or make smoothies and juices out of these berries. Berries can keep you hydrated in the summer just like other fruits due to high water content, berries are a great way to start your day by topping your oatmeal, cereal and yogurt with a variety of berries. In the evening, use them in your salads and desserts.
Blueberries are known as super foods and contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Blueberries can protect against cancer and pre-mature aging, blueberries are also known to improve cognitive function.
Cherries are delicious summer foods that contain vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate; cherries also contain melatonin that can help you in your sleep cycles. If you want a good night’s sleep it is recommended to eat cherries before going to bed, cherries help regulate blood pressure, because these are loaded with potassium. Cherries have beta-carotene that helps in fighting cancer. Cherries also help with the fat burning process and assist you in losing weight. Eating cherries can control inflammation and help in reducing arthritis pain.
Carrots and Sweet Potatoes
Carrots and sweet potatoes have strong antioxidants; vitamin C and beta carotene, the fiber in these vegetables fill you up and controls appetite. Both carrots and sweet potatoes can give you instant energy. Vegetables like onion and garlic help in detoxification, as these are rich in sulfur compounds, both onion and garlic help in fighting off infections and protect from cancer and lower cholesterol.
Stock your pantry with herbs this summer season, mint is a great cooling and soothing herb, you can use it in your meals and fresh juices. Oregano and thyme add flavor to food and help in digestion. Rosemary and other herbs contain antioxidants that help in detoxification.
Juice Summer Cleanse
It is best to consume juices on an empty stomach for maximum absorption and cleansing and detoxification of free radicals in the body that destroy healthy cells. Start your day with fresh fruit juices, not the packaged ones, it is important to note that before any cleansing to begin, you have to stop or minimize your intake of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and sugar. Drink more water, use fresh juices, lemon juice, and herbal teas and green teas for detoxification and cleansing. Make your morning juice this summer with apples, strawberries, lemon, and ginger for best results and a glowing skin.