As summer comes into full swing, it can be accompanied by feelings of vigor or feelings of lethargy. It all depends on the health of your body’s systems. If your body is weakened by poor nutrition, inflammation, and imbalance, you may not have the energy you need to live this summer to the fullest!
Fortunately, summer is the season of healthy detoxifying foods that can help you get back on track. Keep things fresh, simple, and nutritious this summer, and take advantage of some of nature’s bounty.
Here are three superstar cleansers for the body, which are at their prime during the summer months.
Lucky for you, these delicious berries are one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. Here are just a few of the beneficial compounds in each blueberry:
- High levels of polyphenols (antioxidants)
- Vitamin C (healthy skin, good vision, and so much more)
- Packed with fiber (keeps you fuller, longer)
- Excellent source of manganese (helps body process cholesterol)
- Contain natural form of aspirin (lessens chronic inflammation and pain)
There are countless studies linking blueberries with good health. Here are just a few of the areas scientists believe blueberries can improve your health and well-being:
- Cardiovascular health
- Brain health
- Insulin response
- Cancer prevention
So don’t delay—start incorporating more of these tiny nutritional gems in your diet now!
- Sprinkled on a salad of dark, leafy greens
- Blended into green smoothies
- Mixed with yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast
All berries are powerful foods for healing the body. They’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and water to help energize and replenish the body. Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and many more are at the peak of ripeness during summer months—enjoy!
You might think of dandelions as just weeds, but their leaves are packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals. Here are just a few of the important nutrients you can get from dandelion greens:
- Loaded with calcium (bone health, lower blood pressure)
- Full of beta-carotene (antioxidant)
- High in minerals (iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium)
- Natural multivitamin (Vitamins A,C, B1, E, and K)
- Pectin (removes heavy metals from body tissues, lowers cholesterol)
All these beneficial nutrients make dandelion greens powerful foods for healing. Here are just a few of the ways they can benefit the body:
- Promote good liver health
- Improve immune system
- Reduce inflammation
- Cancer prevention
Dandelions are more than weeds. Don't spray them with chemicals, go pick them from your yard and enjoy their wonderful benefits!
- Add to a salad mix, or eat a salad of just dandelion greens
- Blend into green smoothies
- Lightly sauté with other vegetables
Dark leafy greens in general area amazing for your liver, and all your body functions. They’re powerful cleansing foods that bring the body’s systems back into balance. Kale, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard and other wild “weeds” are powerhouse foods for the body.
You already know that celery is low-calorie, zero fat, and high in fiber. But did you know it’s one of the most powerful cleansing foods we have? Here are just a few of the good things to be found in celery:
- Over 20 anti-inflammatory substances
- Wide variety of antioxidants (flavonoids, Vitamin C, and more)
- Vitamins A, B2, B6, C, and K
- Tons of beneficial minerals (molybdenum, folate, potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus)
- High water content
Still think celery is just a low-calorie snack? Think again. Here are some benefits you may see from eating celery regularly:
- Improved digestion
- Reduced inflammation
- Stress-relief, soothed nervous system
- Supports cardiovascular health
Celery is an important part of a healthy diet. Look for new and creative ways to eat more of this amazing vegetable.
- Add celery when you’re juicing, especially with carrot juice
- Lightly steam celery to preserve the most nutrients
- Add chopped celery to salads
Celery is a “cooling food,” partially because of its high water content. Cooling foods are in general good for clearing heat and toxins from the body. Cucumber, watermelon, green tea, and apples are other examples of cooling foods.
How to Make the Most of these Beneficial Foods:
Berries, dark leafy greens, and cooling foods are all great for healing your body. But you may not be absorbing their full nutritional value if your body is low in fulvic acid.
Fulvic acid is a compound naturally found in the soil, which binds with nutrients in food to make them easier to not only digest, but actually absorb and assimilate your food. A fulvic acid supplement may be helpful, because we no longer get enough from our depleted soils.
What’s your favorite recipe containing these beneficial foods? Bonus points if it contains all three!