Friday: Q&A

23 Dec

Flush the Crap Out

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Xx ❤ I wish you all a healthy, happy and an active weekend :)!!

Question:

Hey sweetie! I have a question lol =) I normally eat healthy but lately been snacking on foods that I normally would avoid. So I was thinking of doing a detox to start clean. Does detox work? I am not doing it to lose weight, rather to clean my body.

Hello Alya! It’s me again – the one who asked the detox Q. I was wondering which detox you recommend and how I would go about doing it? I’ve heard about the fruit detox. What are your thoughts on it? Just trying to decide the best one…

Answer:

Hey my gorgeous love!!  Thanks for your interest in my blog and for the awesome question!

Detox is the body’s natural process of getting rid of toxins from the body which are inhaled from the environment and eaten from lots of bad for us foods.  Since our bodies naturally get rid of toxins by themselves, many health professionals don’t believe they are necessary stating that there is no evidence that detoxing diets are helpful.

I am not into doing the lemonade diet, eating only fruits, taking laxatives, or following any crazy or extremely low calorie cleansing diets.  What I am into is detoxing the healthy way by eating foods that are loaded with all that good stuff (antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins) which promote healthy liver function-speeding up the waste removal process.

Below is how I detox!  Also if I have a bad weekend of binge eating, I eat less for the next several days to give my body a little rest.   Overeating is a bad habit which should be stopped; it causes a lot of illnesses.

Healthy Way to Detox

This superfood is packed with vitamins, iron, beta carotene which help the body fight cancer, and full of antioxidants which slow damage done to the body by free radicals.  Ladies it is also super beautifying. So eat a handful as a snack or sprinkle a handful over your cereal in the morning for a serious antioxidant boost.

Lemons are packed full of vitamin C which help the body detox and burn fat.

  • Use G & G Spices

Ginger and garlic are great detox foods because they help the liver get rid of free radicals that have accumulated in the body.  Also ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and improves circulation. Garlic contains allicin and when digested, allicin reacts with the blood to create a product capable of killing off many harmful bacteria and viruses that your body may be carrying.  So go ahead and season everything! Add a couple of fresh ginger slices to your green tea.  Add freshly grated ginger and garlic to soups, stews, and stir-fries.

The fiber in beets helps increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which help the liver and gallbladder eliminate bodily waste and other toxic substances from the body.  Beets are full of vitamins and minerals such as B3, B6, C, beta-carotene, iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which are all needed to promote optimal detoxification and elimination.

What makes herbal teas so great for detox?  Many teas such as green and rooibos contain high amounts of a flavonoid called catechins which speeds up liver activity to help your body to eliminate damaging free radicals that can cause diseases like cancer and heart disease.

  • Eat Artichokes

Artichokes are loaded with cynarin, which helps increase bile production and purify/protect the liver, prevents indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion.  They also have a mild diuretic effect on the kidneys ensuring proper removal of toxins.

  • Indulge in a Little Piece of Heaven

Pomegranate has lots of antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, folic acid and iron which make it great at fighting free radicals and supporting the blood in transporting oxygen around the body.  It is also a beautifying food- improves skin tone, fights wrinkles, and helps prevent and treat acne.

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2 Responses to “Friday: Q&A”

  1. Attia December 23, 2011 at 2:16 AM #

    very informative post baby. I started eating pomegranates already. more power honey <3<3<3

  2. free2bme123 December 29, 2011 at 1:09 AM #

    Reblogged this on free2bme123 and commented:
    Your reply to this question hit home with me as I enter my 11th day of eating unhealthy. It sure made me think about what it is that i am doing. Thanks

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