When it comes to detoxing and cleansing, choosing the right foods for your diet is one of the most important things to consider carefully.

Most detox diets will significantly reduce your calorie intake so it's important that you're taking in nutrient-dense foods to ensure your body remains nutritionally balanced.

In addition to helping your body alkalize, a proper detox diet should focus on supporting your body's natural detoxification system - the liver, colon and kidneys. These three organs form the body's primary excretion process and are responsible for riding the body of toxins. For a detox diet to work properly, these organs need to be running smoothly and that means nourishing your body with the right nutrients.

1. Kale

Kale leaves

Kale has become wildly popular amongst health enthusiasts in recent years, and for good reason too! It's no wonder almost everyone seems to have their own own kale shake recipe. This awesome superfood, contains an exceptional nutritional profile with a number of unique cleansing properties, making it an excellent nutritional choice when detoxing.

100g of raw kale contains 200% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake (more than twice as much as an orange), 308% of your vitamin A and 1021% of your daily vitamin K. It also contains more calcium per serving than milk and is loaded with manganese - an antioxidizing trace mineral responsible for normalising insulin synthesis, regulating glucose metabolism and neutralising free radicals. In addition, manganese plays an important role in helping the body absorb other key vitamins and minerals.

For optimum nutrition, choose organic kale and try to eat it raw in juices, smoothies or chopped in salads. You can also try it steamed, sautéd or in a light broth like soup.

2. Wheatgrass

Bunch of fresh wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a popular choice when detoxing for a reason, it's one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. 100g of wheatgrass powder contains the equivalent of nutrition of 23 kg of fresh vegetables.

Wheatgrass is widely accepted as a powerful detoxifier due to its wide variety of nutrients which include chlorophyll, vitamins, key and trace minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fiber, and protein. It consists of about 70% chlorophyll which makes it highly alkaline.

Wheatgrass stimulates the production of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. Wheatgrass also helps in building red blood cells and stimulates healthy tissue cell growth.

Other wheatgrass benifits include it's ability to help cleanse the blood via the liver, along with the organs and gastrointestinal tract and stimulate metabolism and thyroid function.

While fresh is best in almost all cases, taking wheatgrass in powder form is alot more nutrient-dense and concentrated. One teaspoon of powder is about the equivalent 6-10 shots of fresh juice.

3. Turmeric

Fresh turmeric bulb

Turmeric is another trending superfood mainly becuase of its anti inflammatory properties, and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to help treat inflammation such as heartburn, joint pain and headaches.

The yellow pigment in Turmeric and the property responsible for it's anti inflammatory effects is called curcumin - a compound that has been extensively researched for its various health benefits. Curcumin helps inhibit cancer growth and free radical damage in the body and also helps improve longevity. Studies also show curcumin helps reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity.

4. Alfalfa

Fresh alfalfa

The word "Alfalfa" derives from an ancient Arabic phrase - "al-fac-facah" - meaning "father of all foods". Nutritionally, alfalfa is quite similar to kale containing essential vitamins A, C, D, E, K as well as a complete spectrum of B vitamins.

The alfalfa plant has a high saponin content - plant compounds known to lower cholesterol levels. Studies show that the intake of alfalfa increased the level of high-density HDL as well as a reduction in the buildup of fats in the arteries.

Alfalfa is also a good source of phytoestrogens, commonly referred to as "Plant Estrogen" because they're not created by the human body and can only be ingested or consumed. These plant compounds, mimic human estrogen and many studies show they decrease the risk of death and recurrence in breast cancer patients.

The great thing about alfalfa is you can grown it almost effortlessly right at home. All you need is a jar, some seeds and water. Check out this guide on how to grown alfalfa at home.

5. Spirulina

Fresh spirulina

Spirulina is a type of sea algae (basically sea moss) that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. It's also one of the most widely researched superfoods today and is rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins and key minerals.

The Aztecs discovered spirulina thousands of years, harvesting it from Lake Texcoco in central Mexico for its nutritional value and used primarily as food source.

Today, spirulina is considered one of the best superfoods for not only cleansing the body but also for its nutritional value. Spirulina is high in algin which absorbs toxins from your digestive tract, helps alkalize the body and reduce the amount of heavy chemicals in blood stream.

Spirulina also contains GLA (gamma linolenic acid), an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid found in mother’s breastmilk.

Spirulina is mostly found in supplement form. Having said that, not all spirulina supplements are created equal. Most spirulina tablets are highly processed and can contain nitrate compounds as additives. Your best bet is to get spirulina in powder form and esnure it's organic. You can add it to smoothies, juices, yogurts, soups or just mix it with plain water.

Cleansing Superfood Blends

Choosing the right supplement during a detox is integral. It's important to choose something that is not only organic, but contains a blend of different food sources to ensure your body receives a more wholistic nutritional intake.

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