Summer, the season for sun and fun; days are longer, smiles seem brighter and life is a little less structured. The summer season is also a great time to rid the body of toxins. Detoxification makes perfect sense in summer for a number of reasons.
First is everyone’s most common motivator, to look good in shorter clothing and swimwear. Second, warmer temperatures make it easier for the body to be in a detox process and higher temperatures naturally allow the body to release toxins by sweating. The summer season often results in a lighter workload making it the perfect time to detox completely, mind, body and soul.
Finally, the availability of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables easily facilitates eating raw and light which is essentially what everyone craves at this time of year. Some of the best summer foods to detox and make you healthy and energized are:
1. Watermelon. Perhaps summer’s favorite fruit is high in dietary fiber which helps keep the colon clean and cleanse the body. It also contains high amounts of citrulline that help with the formation of arginine which removes toxins from the body. It is also a good source of potassium which balances sodium in the body and supports kidney function. Watermelon also contains glutathione which is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent. It also reduces inflammation and with a low calorie count is great for weight loss.
2. Cucumbers. They help flush toxins from the body and their high water content gets the urinary system moving. Cucumbers are also alkalineforming foods which are important in a balanced diet.
3. Lemons. These citrus fruits are alkalizing for the body which helps in restoring pH balance. Lemons are a stimulant to the liver and dissolvents of uric acids and other toxic substances. They also stimulate bile production and help cleanse the kidneys.
4. Blueberries, raspberries and cherries are incredibly healing berries. Blueberries have antiviral properties and reduce inflammation while raspberries are low calorie and low glycemic foods that keep blood sugars from spiking. Cherries too are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Mint leaves. This popular garden herb is great for cooling down and helps with effective digestion. Mint leaves improve the flow bile from the liver through to the small intestine, breaking down dietary fats.
6. Tomatoes. Another of summer’s favorite fruits. They have a high water content which helps stave off dehydration as well as also being high in potassium which we already know helps maintain a balanced diet and avoid bloating.
Summer detoxing can be as easy as making a trip to the local farmer’s market or even your own backyard. Enjoying some of summer’s best is doing your body a whole lot of good.