No one will argue we are living in a toxic world. Some parts are more polluted than others, but no one is immune to the toxins in the air. You don’t even have to leave your house to be constantly under threat of toxins in the air.
I came across this handy infograph that gives you some information of some foods that are good for detoxing the liver. There is plenty more information available, and many more food types that are beneficial to the liver.
Water is something that we all need and we cannot drink too much water. I personally drink warm water with lemon and lime slices, all day long. I will add cayenne pepper and freshly ground ginger, or ginger slices if I am drinking it warm. This is usually first thing in the morning and it helps flush out any toxins that may have accumulated during the night’s sleep.
The cayenne is good for the blood and circulation and the ginger, among many things, is good for the digestive system. You cannot over-indulge on these ingredients so you add them to taste.
If you are unfamiliar with water infusions, it is soaking the vegetable or fruit ingredients in fresh, spring water overnight so that the enzymes and other particles of the fruit or vegetable get absorbed and fused with the water. You can soak it directly in the water, or you can buy jars or water bottles that have a core you insert in the middle where you place your fruit or vegetables. They are cylindrical and porous all around so that the water washes in and out through the fruit or vegetables.
Sometimes when I am making my herbal tea I want some blueberry, raspberry or strawberry flavour and detox elements in my tea, so I will put frozen fruit in a tea ball ( that is used for loose tea leaves) stuffed to overflowing, that will close up as soon as the hot water is added, so the fruit doesn’t end up mush in the tea. You can even tie some up in a piece of cheesecloth and paperclip it to the side of the cup and let it soak. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Here’s some suggestions of combo fruits and veggies you can soak in your distilled water overnight. Start taking it to work, especially when the weather starts warming up. You will not be disappointed.
- cucumber and basil
- lemon and pomegranate
- strawberry and lemon
- watermelon and mint
- orange, blueberry and basil
- lime and raspberry
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a liver-kidney flush and detox.
2 lemons, cucumber, mint leaves and 4 cups of fresh, distilled or spring water. Cut the lemons and other fruit into pieces small enough to fit whatever type of cylinder you are using.
What Works for You
If you have favourite fruits and vegetables, research them and find out what benefits they are for your body. If you have a certain part of your body that requires more attention; i.e. indigestion, stomach upsets, or perhaps an ache or pain in your hand, arm or leg – research and find out what foods are beneficial in helping your body recover and incorporate that food into your diet.
A classic example of an easy and all around food to be using every day is the lemon. Like I said I drink lemon water all day, every day, and I wasn’t fully aware until I looked it up, just how much good it was doing my body. The information below was found on organicfacts.net and is quite detailed.
Lemons Work for Me
The health benefits of lemon are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.
Lemons contain flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improve the skin, hair, and teeth. Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.
Versatile Lemons – Bugs Away & Clean Windows
I use lemons on my face and in my hair. I use them for washing windows and I make a lemon and pine oil mix for spraying around my balcony to keep the fruit flies and mosquitoes away. I also spray my screens with a lemon mix especially on hot summer days that are muggy and attract mosquitoes.
So, as you can see, the lemon is good for you, inside and out, and for your household.