How to Detox Your Diet and Keep Your Gut Healthy
How is your New Year detox going? Whether it’s giving up alcohol for dry January, or simply trying to eat healthier after festive excess, detoxing is an increasingly common New Year’s resolution for most of us.
But did you know you can actually detox through your diet?
What is detoxing?
First, let’s define what we mean by detoxing. Originally, detoxification described the process used by doctors to remove life threatening drugs, alcohol, or poison from a patient’s system. Back then it was used as a purely medical term.
However, in recent years, the term has been used more and more to apply to everyday health trends. The idea goes that our bodies are accumulating an increasing number of toxins – from all kinds of sources – and so our bodies must be detoxed.
So, when we think about detoxing now, we think about abstaining from products seen as unhealthy, like fats, sugars, gluten, and dairy, or giving up drinks like coffee or alcohol – then replacing it all with specially made detox products that are supposed to cleanse you.
But did you know, our body already has its own detoxification system? Our gut excretes useless and harmful substances, our liver converts toxins, and our kidneys excrete these substances into our urine.
In short our bodies have a self-cleaning system. So we don’t need to detox or cleanse – we simply need to support our body’s natural detoxification system. Indeed, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of this, and boosting gut health looks set to be the next big health trend of 2019.
But how do we support our body’s own detoxification system and boost our gut health at the same time? The answer, as ever, is through our diet. Research has shown that eating particular foods can help keep your gut healthy and improve your overall well being.
Yoghurt and fermented foods
Your gut is home to about 38 trillion good bacteria, which help to draw beneficial nutrients out of your food and keep your system free of bad bacteria and toxins. This helpful bacterial community is known as your gut flora or gut microbiota, and keeping it healthy is key to supporting your body’s detox system. You can do this by eating foods that contain probiotics – live microorganisms, or good bacteria cultures, that will join and strengthen your existing gut flora. Foods high in probiotics include yoghurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
Chicory, artichoke, and leeks
Another way to support your gut microbiota is to supply it with plenty of prebiotics, which are a type of carbohydrate that feeds the growth of the probiotics or good bacteria in your system. Good sources of prebiotics include chicory, artichokes, leeks, asparagus, and bananas.
Wholegrain cereals and dried fruit
Foods high in fibre can also be good sources of prebiotics, but fibre also plays another important role in your body’s detox system. Namely, when you combine it with a healthy water intake, fibre keeps your gut functioning smoothly, without constipation. Foods high in fibre include whole grain cereals, legumes, and dried fruits. Make sure to drink a glass of water with each meal – in your gut, this water will be absorbed by the fibre, and the two will move through your body’s detox system together.
Wasabi, broccoli, and cabbages
Another way of helping your body’s detoxification system is to support your liver, a crucial part of your gut, since it chemically converts toxins into harmless substances. You can do this by eating more cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to increase the activity of detoxifying enzymes in your liver. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and even wasabi. Used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, Wasabi contains naturally high levels of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A. It’s also thought to function as an “indirect antioxidant,” by boosting your body’s own defenses.
A helping hand
Regularly making the right diet choices and ensuring that your pantry is stuffed full of superfoods can be challenging for even the most committed people. That’s where supplements come in, to provide a helping hand towards reaching our health goals.
However, it’s important to choose the right supplements that actually help to boost your health. That’s why Wowsabi works tirelessly to bring the benefits of wasabi to your diet through our innovative supplements.
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