A radiant complexion and healthy weight start with balanced nutrition, efficient digestion, and regular elimination of wastes/toxins. Detoxification is the body’s natural, ongoing process of eliminating toxins from the body. This elimination occurs through the skin, liver, intestines, and kidneys (the majority taking place in the liver and digestive system). A diet that lacks antioxidants and critical nutrients may impair our natural ability to detoxify and eliminate these chemicals. This “body burden” over time may lead to a poor quality of life, impaired immunity, and a sluggish metabolism or weight gain.
The good news is there are some foods you can choose more often to naturally detoxify the body and help slim your waistline! Consider some of the following:
These active cultures – cleanses and supports the digestive system, reduces bloating and supports healthy immunity. Also a good source of protein, calcium and CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid) has been found in clinical studies to help stimulate fat metabolism, especially around the waistline.
Healthy blood sugars are critical to help reduce cravings , maximize energy levels and maintain a healthy weight. With just a ½ tsp per day, Cinnamon has been shown to lower LDL’s (bad cholesterol,) and balance blood sugar in those with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It also adds a wonderful aroma and flavor; add it to your smoothies, yogurts or oatmeal.
Raw Diet Fruits & Veggies
Antioxidants – broccoli, melon, tomatoes, carrots, berries, dark leafy greens contain potent antioxidants proven to ward off damaging free radicals. For a general reference, check out the ORAC Scale of fresh produce to help maximize your antioxidant intake. They are also great appetite suppressants. The time it takes to chew them gives your body time to realize if it is full.
Rice, Nut or Soy Milk Nutrient packed with calcium, protein, vitamin D and fiber. Choosing a serving per day will help to satisfy hunger by balancing blood sugar levels and thereby minimizing food cravings (generally triggered by low blood sugar levels.)
Although there is debate on whether Green tea does help to burn belly fat, it is loaded with antioxidants and contains L Theanine. L-theanine is a unique amino acid found only in the tea plant. L-theanine may help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing effect without drowsiness. For those who are trying to minimize stress related cravings, this may be the tea for you!
The compound that makes peppers hot, shown to significantly boost metabolism after a meal.
Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and controls appetite
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