As we start the New Year, many of us are looking to detox from the recent holidays.  Whether Christmas cookies, fried Hanukkah foods, or too many cocktail parties have you feeling rundown – there is an array of detoxifying foods to help fuel a system reboot.   

As you would suspect, fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally cleansing foods.  It’s best to find foods that are high in the healing mineral sulfur (or sulphur) to get rid of toxins in your blood.  Brussels sprouts, cabbage, breadfruit, and carrots can all help cleanse your system while also offering cancer-fighting antioxidants.  In addition to sulfur-rich vegetables, you can find sulfur in protein-rich eggs and aromatic garlic.  Garlic, particularly, is a fantastic choice for sulfur compounds to activate liver enzymes and flush out toxins.  If you’re not a fan of garlic, consider adding sweet and earthy beets to your detox diet.  In past articles, the Eat, Heal, Travel team has touted the low-calorie benefits of beets, which also include vitamin B-6, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.  Importantly, beets also contain betalains, which are antioxidants with detoxifying and anti-inflammatory power.  

Finally, and this should be the most obvious, be sure to consume plenty of water to keep your body cleansed and hydrated.  Consider adding detoxifying lemons to your water or create a mango and ginger water for added flavor with a metabolism boost for the New Year.

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