Asparagus, artichokes, chicory and fruit and vegetable juices can help the function of the kidneys, liver and intestines and to regain beauty and energy
Swollen belly, bags and dark circles under the eyes, asphyxiated skin, water retention, fatigue, feeling of discomfort: these are some of the signals that the body sends us after a period of unregulated diet too rich in sodium, sugars, alcohol and fats. However, there are foods in nature that, along with the wondrous qualities of herbs and natural remedies, can help detoxify and drain excess fluids. Result? A flatter abdomen, brighter skin, healthier intestines.
- Chicory water
- Artichoke broth
- Carrot, apple and ginger juice
It is considered one of the detox foods par excellence since it contains precious fibers useful for stimulating intestinal transit which, in addition to contributing to intestinal hygiene and well-being, also give a satisfying sense of satiety with the result of eating less. Furthermore, pineapple facilitates diuresis and helps eliminate excess body fluids. Perfect to eat fresh (the canned one loses most of its nutritional properties, especially bromelain), cut directly at the moment of use and combined with fresh mint leaves. An excellent snack to be enjoyed in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon or after dinner, which alkalizes the body and provides valuable antioxidants.
One of the greatest advantages of this vegetable is the large presence of potassium, a mineral that helps the kidneys in diuresis, as well as asparagine, whose effect is to increase the amount of urine. Furthermore, this active ingredient has an additional action: it accelerates the production of new cells. Asparagus, therefore, acts on two fronts on the detoxification process: it increases the elimination of waste substances and promotes the regeneration of organs. Eat it boiled or steamed, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
Already known for its detoxifying properties, not everyone knows that chicory broth can also help drain the body. Preparing chicory water is very simple: just boil 300 g of chicory in 1 liter of water, let it cool, then filter. A cup of liquid, taken in the morning on an empty stomach, drains and cleanses the body.
The strength of the artichoke is the presence of cynarin, an alkaloid present in the leaves that determines the bitter taste, the main responsible for its purifying effects as it promotes the production and secretion of bile. Together with the other main active components it contains, it therefore has a proven antioxidant action that protects the liver from oxidation processes. Low in calories, it also contains potassium (with draining power) and a good amount of fiber (which help eliminate toxins from the intestine).
How to eat it? It can be eaten raw, cooked, stewed or steamed and topped with a vinaigrette prepared with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. But if you buy the artichokes with the stem, remember to cook them whole and to keep the cooking broth, to drink (a small glass) before the meal. The taste is a little bitter, but the effects are guaranteed.
With its leaves, however, you can prepare an excellent artichoke herbal tea: boil a large leaf in half a liter of water for about 20 minutes, let it cool and drink – after sweetening it – half a glass before meals.
If your legs are swollen, kiwifruit may help you. The swelling can be caused by dilated vessels that struggle to push blood up the body. Thanks to bioflavonoids, kiwi has a toning action on the walls of small vessels. In addition, its vitamin C is useful for protecting capillaries.
Rich in mineral salts (potassium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iodine, silicon, chlorine, arsenic), vitamins A, B, C and polyphenols, grapes have restorative and antioxidant properties. Furthermore, with its water and fiber content, it allows to purify the intestine and liver. A grape-based treatment (ampelotherapy) facilitates digestion, activates the functions of the liver and pancreas and helps regulate intestinal activity thanks to its slightly laxative properties.
Carrot, apple and ginger juice
The centrifuged are real “juices” of vitamins and mineral salts. By separating the juice from the fiber, they are suitable for everyone, even those with colitis problems, and can be made with both fruit and vegetables. To purify, carrots, apples and ginger are the ideal ingredients: wash 2 apples very well, scrape 2 carrots and cut a slice of fresh ginger. Chop the ingredients into chunks, put them in the juicer and enjoy on the spot as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.