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Top 5 Summer Detox Foods

Since we are in the summer season now, and for those lucky enough to live in a warm climate year round, here are 5 fantastic detox supportive foods to incorporate into your diet.  These are the ones to choose if you feel the need for a detox and don’t want to do a juice fast or more stringent cleanse.

Remember our overall diet is where to start in terms of better health.

Summer is defined as warm to hot weather, and the Ayurvedic system of health says that the aspect of our bodies that goes out of sync in summer is called “pitta” dosha;  pitta means fire.  Basically almost everyone needs a diet to be a bit cooling and light. We naturally know this, I mean you don’t tend to crave heavy, hot soup in the summer right? So you do have the right instincts.

These foods will be great especially if you tend to feel hot or overheated easily, indicating you are a pitta type overall.

But first:

  • Avoid heavy, fried or oily foods! You can’t detox if those are still going in.
  • Focus on both water-rich, fruits and veggies.

5 Summer Detox Food & Spices 

  1. Cabbage or other cruciferous veggies: like broccoli or cauliflower. Have them raw or lightly steamed for best light detox quality. Or try arugula, when I was traveling in Italy I got introduced to this veggie, it’s very tasty in a salad.
  2. Beets: high in iron and support lymphatic and liver health. Try a shaved beet salad, with raisins or dried cranberries and a squeeze of lemon/lime.
  3. Cilantro- lovely flavor (that you either love or hate) Add to a juice or chopped onto an fresh salad. Helps to remove heavy metals.
  4. Citrus– grapefruit, orange, tangerines. All naturally attract us in hot weather. Have them in whole form for the fiber boost. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are key to help keep our digestion and elimination moving.
  5. Spices- experiment with new, cooling spices- certain ones are cooling to the body according to Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India, and related to yoga.)
    • Coriander- lovely in dips, it’s a light, fresh flavor
    • Fennel- same use or make a tea
    • Chamomile & Mints are also cooling in effect and can be added to teas or as flavorings for dips./smoothies.

http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/top-10-beauty-detox-foods
http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/learning-ayurveda/balancing-pitta/
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/detoxcleansing/ss/detox-foods_4.htm#step-heading

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