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December 13th, 2012

Top 5 Detoxifying Foods For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

Here we are at the beginning of the month, with more super fun holidays up ahead, and more temptations readily available for us to eat at home or at the office. It’s difficult to keep it together during the holiday season with so much deliciousness surrounding us, everywhere we go. No doubt we should be able to have a treat when we want, but the truth is, one treat is just NOT enough {or maybe that’s just me}. A great way to keep meals balanced is by adding foods that will assist in removing toxins from the body.

While there are many detox plans out there, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified health-care professional before starting a detox regimen. In order to not have to go into full “detox” mode, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet to give your body a chance to recalibrate:


1. Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy. Adding lentils to salads or having a cup of lentil soup can give you the balance you need.

2. Grapefruit: Sweet, tangy and fiber-rich fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system. Best when enjoyed for breakfast as a fresh squeezed juice or fruit bowl.

3.Cauliflower: Cruciferous veggies are great for detoxifying the body. This anti-oxidant rich vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Enjoy a batch of steamed cauliflower as a side dish or raw in a mixed green salad.

4. Broccoli: Neutralizes and eliminates toxins while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins. Broccoli is a versatile veggie that can also be added to salads or enjoyed raw.

5. Cucumber: Nutrient dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body. This is one of my favorites. You can enjoy cucumbers in salads or toss it into the juicer to give your juice more nutritional value.

One of the best ways to begin to feel better instantly is by cutting sugar {this means cookies, cakes, and pies go bye-bye} from your diet. Also staying active will keep you motivated as the holidays approach. Exercising and keeping your body hydrated will also help move any toxins out. During this special time of year, remember to stay positive, enjoy yourself, your family and your friends.

Happy Holidays!!!

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