With January well underway, many individuals will be looking to start the New Year healthier and recover from the indulgence that we were all guilty of over Christmas. When devising a detox plan there are many conflicting resources regarding which foods are the best options for giving your body a thorough cleanse. In fact, the concept of detoxifying is now coming into question, with some scientists stating that the focus should be on what you are putting into your body rather than trying to flush toxins out – something that our bodies are naturally adept at doing.
But one thing that we all agree on is: vegetables should form the foundation of any sustainable diet.
Here with the help of Vitality4Life we reveal why vegetables still reign supreme on the health kick scene and which vegetables should be introduced to your vegetable juicer.
The benefits of a vegetables
Choose a good range of vegetables at your local supermarket or greengrocer and you will be faced with a list of nutrients as long as your arm: B vitamins, beta carotene, potassium, selenium, the list goes on.
One of the prime beneficiaries of your healthy diet are your vital organs. Liver, kidneys, intestine and even your brain, heart and lungs all love the goodness contained within veggies of all shapes, sizes and colours.
In fact, research has shown that people who eat more vegetables have a lower risk of strokes, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
So, with this in mind. Let us get you going and help you pick out which veg should be your first port of call next time you hit the shops.
Our top 3 detox vegetables
Each vegetable has its own unique qualities and therefore delivers its own benefits. The following three vegetables are the perfect addition to any meal plan:
- Artichoke – Not generally considered a staple on most diets, the artichoke is an unusual yet beneficial addition to our top three. Artichokes are great for enhancing liver function thanks to the abundance of fibre, protein, magnesium, folate and potassium found within.
- Onions – Not great for your breath or eye ducts, but onions are considered by many to be cancer-fighting power houses and bona fide superfoods.
- Broccoli – Another cancer-fighting antioxidant-rich veg, broccoli also contains plenty of iron, vitamins A, B, C and K, zinc, phosphorus and phytonutrients. The benefits of all these nutrients can include everything from keeping your bones working smoothly to keeping your skin fresh.