Follow these five tips:
1. Choose foods that are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These properties help to protect the body from damage caused by toxins created from overdoing it on less-than-healthy options, and assist in neutralizing toxins and preventing the inflammation and the damage they cause to your vessels. These foods actually help to revitalize cells. Think vegetables especially brightly colored ones, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80 to 90 percent water and provide potassium and fiber. Fruits, beans and fish also are good choices.
Anti-inflammatory/ Antioxidant-packed Recipes:
Fruited Harvest Salad: Light and refreshing, the persimmons, pears, lemons, arugula and pomegranates fight inflammation with their antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Colorful Detox Salad: Chockfull of vegetables that mop up free radical damage, this low-calorie salad is great for detoxifying and fighting inflammation.
Crispy Cran-Mango Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are superstars when it comes to fighting damage and inflammation. Cranberries and mangos are phytonutrient powerhouses too.
2. Choose water and potassium-rich foods that are low in sodium. This is an amazing combination that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Potassium helps to counterbalance sodium and getting fluid helps to flush out your system. Think vegetables—all of them, especially green leafy veggies—and fruits.
Ginger and Carrot Slim-down Smoothie: Potassium-rich cantaloupe and apples round out the phytonutrient-rich ginger and carrots to make this an ideal beverage to restore normal fluid balance.
Slimming Raspberry-mint Detox Spritzer: Raspberries and lime make this a drink a potassium winner, and at only eight calories, you can drink it all day long and flush away bloat without the calories adding up.
Lemon Mint Detox Drink: Lemon, mint and ginger flood the body with potassium to flush bloat and restore normal hydration status.
3. Choose foods packed with fiber. These foods are automatically low in calories and fiber keeps you regular. After your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber helps to flush out the waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flat stomach. Think all vegetables, fruits and high-quality carbohydrates like oatmeal and quinoa.
Pinto Bean Grilled Cheese: Beans are ideal when it comes to boosting fiber; this sandwich makes a great fiber-rich lunch when paired with a salad and fruit.
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili: With quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, peppers and tomatoes, this meal makes a great fiber-rich lunch or dinner to flush wastes out of the body.
Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding: With fiber powerhouses like pumpkin puree and chia seeds, this treat packs a whopping 17 grams of fiber. Plus, the pumpkin and chia are both great for fighting inflammation with their potent phytonutrients.
4. Include veggies that have especially powerful detox capabilities. Fennel, bok choy, beets and kale are standouts when it comes to detoxification. They are some of the few foods that play a role in both phases of liver detoxification. Try these recipes to get your fill:
Spiced Ginger Citrus Quinoa: (featuring fennel)
Beets with Feta and Walnuts
Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie (featuring kale)
5. Sweat it out. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and sweating is a great way to help the body with its healthy, natural elimination process. Aim to sweat daily because this is one way your body eliminates metabolic breakdown products and excess salt.