Detoxing should be about eating well, exercising, reducing stress and drinking tons of water! Our bodies could do with this on a daily basis in order to provide a good daily detox. Our bodies want to work efficiently, so they just need little nudges to keep them on the straight and narrow! But sometimes we may overdo things or have other reasons that make us assess our health – for example illness. At Crucial we like to offer food that helps to give your body nutrients that function in a way that helps to eliminate toxins and get your cells working efficiently, as well as helping the kidneys and liver to keep the body clean. These foods are all used within the menu at the Crucial Café throughout the year but feature hugely in our Crucial Detoxes. Here’s a glossary of our favourite foods and why they are so good in the detoxificaton process :
Helps with digestion, is anti bacterial and although acidic, when it’s metabolized it helps to create an alkaline environment which is better all round for the body.
Full of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutritents. Rich in capsaicin which gives it antibacterial qualities as well as having good quantities of the electrolyte potassium which helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Is about 90% water, which helps keep the body hydrated and which in turn helps to eliminate toxins. Also contains lignans which have been scientifically proven to help reduce the risk of several cancers.
Is full of electrolytes which are essential for normal functioning of our cells and organs – including potassium. Coconut water is also rich in magnesium which is one of the best energy giving nutrients.
One of the most popular and effective foods used in the detoxification process. Helps the liver’s detox pathways. Rich in fibre and betcyanin (which gives the beautiful colour) and helps improve bowel movement and immune strength. Beetroot is also rich in glutamine, which is one of the essential nutrients for gastrointestinal health.
Parsley is nutrient rich in potassium, iron, magnesium and manganese as well as being anti oxidant and antibacterial.
Well known for medicinal properties. Rich source of water soluble vitamin C and capsaicin and antioxidants that help them have antioxidant qualitites.
Rich in good fats which help to lower cholesterol levels but particularly high in selenium which is vital for liver and cardiac health. Brazil’s also have great levels of magnesium which is one of the ‘calming’ minerals!
A real superfood! They contain around 56 elements which are all require by the body for human health – including calcium, potassium, iodine, zinc and selenium. A great help for detoxifying.
Packed with phytonutrients which are vital in the fight against cancers. Rich source of vitamin K and B vitamins required for, amongst other things, blood health and energy.
Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities as well as being a rich source of vitamin K which helps with blood quality including supporting the functioning of blood clotting proteins.
An excellent source of vitamin C to support the immune system.
Used for a long time in Indian and Chinese medicine, turmeric has anti inflammatory properties and is a great anti oxidant.