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The Nine Most Cleansing Alkaline Foods
Cleansing Alkaline Food #1: Avocado
Avocados are an excellent source of alkalinity and fantastic for cleansing. They are classed as a fruit, but are one of the few truly alkaline fruits.
Avo’s contain a wide variety of phytonutrients, including phytopstreols, stigmasterol, campestrol and sistosterol and are also a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K.
The beauty of avocados are that they are such a good source of health promoting fats, which help speed the metabolism to help reduce weight, promote healthy skin and help stimulate the cleansing actions of the digestive system.
Avocados also encourage elimination of toxins from the body from the absorption of fat soluble vitamins including vitamin A, D, E and K.
Finally, avocados provide a great source of the super-cool antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione is so important because it is known as the ‘master-antioxidant’, meaning it ‘recycles’ antioxidants. According to Dr Mark Hyman in his report in the Huffington Post, Glutathione is “the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system”
Glutathione is the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. Toxins actually stick like glue onto glutathione. From here they can then be carried into the bile and the stool – and finally, out of your body.
PLUS, one half-cup of avocado has a great big cleansing 8 grams of dietary fibre!
That’s just fantastic and a great reason to get LOADS of avocado into your diet.
Avocado Cleanse Nutrients: Glutathione, fibre, antioxidants, good fats, potassium.
Avocado Cleanse Target: gallbladder, digestive system
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Avocado:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #2: Cabbage
Cabbage is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables, and provides super-nourishment across a variety of nutritional categories. It is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C, along with being a good source of fibre, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 and potassium.
Containing fibre, antioxidants, alkaline minerals and more good fats, it’s a great all round cleanser, but is particularly noted for being powerful at cleansing the GI tract and for being an anti-inflammatory – which is always hugely beneficial during a cleanse.
It’s associated with the good ol’ cabbage soup diet of the 80′s and 90′s but don’t let that put you off – cabbage is a great food to cleanse your body all year round as part of your every day alkaline lifestyle.
Cabbage Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, antioxidants, good fats, manganese, folate, B6 and potassium.
Cabbage Cleanse Target: GI tract and digestive system overall
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Cabbage:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #3: Kale
Kale is a green leafy vegetable, and is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This helps to naturally detoxify your body whilst keeping you feeling healthy.
[Big word warning ahead] This is due to the fact that the isothiocyanates made from the kale’s glucosinolates have been shown to control detox activities within the cells of the body.
Kale is also rich in vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6. I love to recommend kale whilst cleansing, because it helps to reduce your overall cholesterol levels. It is also wonderful to eat after cleansing, as it helps to rebuild your body with new material.
Kale is also high in vitamin k, vitamin a and vitamin c and being leafy green it also has huge chlorophyll content.
Remember, when you’re cleansing it’s especially important to cleanse the blood – so getting a big boost of chlorophyll is always fantastic.
Kale Cleanse Nutrients: Chlorophyll, antioxidants, good fats, antioxidants
Kale Cleanse Target: blood, digestive system.
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Kale:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #4: Cucumber
The best thing about cucumber is that they provide the base for practically every alkaline soup, smoothie and juice, giving you a very alkaline, very nutritious base that also tastes great.
The water content of the cucumber also contributes to why it’s great to eat. Nearly 95% of the cucumber is made up from water, therefore making it very hydrating to consume, and also providing vast amounts of antioxidants. Cucumbers are a key source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotene.
Cucumber Cleanse Nutrients: High-alkaline water content, antioxidants, vitamin c, manganese.
Cucumber Cleanse Target: Liver
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Cucumber:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #5: Spinach
Spinach is one of the most nutritious and alkaline vegetables you can eat. The health benefits of spinach are so plentiful that no matter what your goal, you’ll get benefits from getting lots in!
Research has shown that there are a variety of different flavonoid compounds that can be found within spinach with function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents.
Furthermore, this and the carotenoid nutrients found within the spinach also provide the body with antioxidant benefits. Spinach also contains a rich amount of vitamins, which all contribute towards reducing the many health problems related to oxidative stress.
The huge amount of chlorophyll in spinach also helps with cleansing the colon and blood, which again – is always recommended on the alkaline diet.
Spinach Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, chlorophyll, antioxidants
Spinach Cleanse Target: Blood and colon
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Spinach:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #6: Broccoli
Broccoli has been proven over and over and over again to be incredibly powerful in inhibiting cancers, supporting the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification processes in the body and also supporting the skin, metabolism, immune system, being an anti-inflammatory and providing ample antioxidants.
Broccoli contains an unusual combination of three phytonutrients, glucoraphanin and glucobrassicin. This unique combination of nutrients allows broccoli to have a solid impact upon the body’s detoxification system.
Eaten steamed or raw it’s a hugely alkaline and nutritious food. Broccoli also contains good amounts of Vitamin A which helps to maintain your eye sight. Broccoli contains Vitamins A and K, which help to keep the metabolism of Vitamin D in balance.
Broccoli Cleanse Nutrients: Critical detoxifying phytonutrients, fibre, antioxidants
Broccoli Cleanse Target: Anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, digestive system
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Broccoli:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #7: Celery
Celery is a rich source of phenolic phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and because it is such high-water-content AND fibre it is brilliant for cleansing.
It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, along with potassium, folic acid and vitamin B6 and B1.
Celery is often overlooked, however is a great food to complement your meal, which also keeps well and its roots, stalks and leaves call all be eaten!
A great base for all alkaline juices which makes it one of the most commonly used ingredients for cleansing the body, the alkaline way.
Celery Cleanse Nutrients: Fibre, antioxidants, good fats, manganese, folate, B6 and potassium.
Celery Cleanse Target: GI tract and digestive system overall
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Celery:
Cleansing Alkaline Food #8: Ginger
Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative and intestinal spasmolytic.
Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger promote detoxification specifically by increasing the movement of food through the intestines, thanks to compounds called gingerols and shogaols.
It can be a great addition to your favourite vegetables, can be used to flavour juices, soups and smoothies and can even be eaten raw if you like it spicy (like me!).
Ginger Cleanse Nutrients: ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-carcinogenic nutrient in itself!
Ginger Cleanse Target: intestines and digestive tract
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Ginger:
- The Ultimate Liver Cleansing Drink
- Leafy Greens & Ginger Stir Fry
- Chai Infused Quinoa Porridge < ----NOTE, YUM
- Leafy Greens & Ginger Stir Fry
- Chai Infused Quinoa Porridge < ----NOTE, YUM
Cleansing Alkaline Food #9: Garlic
Garlic has a huge reputation, and has the ability to certainly transform the taste of your meal.
The sulfur compounds in garlic are its most unique nutrients.
There are literally dozens of well-studied sulfur molecules in garlic, and virtually all of them have been shown to function as antioxidants. In addition, many provide you with anti-inflammatory benefits. Garlic is also an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
I use garlic every day without fail and love it’s immune-system-boosting, alkalising effects.
Garlic Cleanse Nutrients: manganese, sulfur compounds.
Garlic Cleanse Target: liver, immune system
Top Energise Alkaline Recipes Containing Garlic:
*there are pro and con arguments for and against tofu and soy. My personal preference is to include it a little.