New Year, new you! It’s time to clear out those cupboards and give yourself a health kick. We’ve partnered with Healthy Foods Online to bring you some of the best health products to cleanse and detox your body in 2018.
Buckwheat is a great grain-like food to enjoy during your detox. It’s among one of the only natural foods that contain all of the essential amino acids and – as it’s high in fibre – it helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. With a rich earthy taste, buckwheat can be used in a variety of dishes including delicious buckwheat pancakes for breakfast, served with your favourite fruit.
- Paired with protein from vegetables, like pulses and edamame, buckwheat can replace all source of animal protein
- It is completely gluten-free
- It is low in the glycaemic index
- It is high in powerful antioxidants including Rutin
High in B-vitamins, this unlikely ingredient is a great source for boosting your metabolism. Mustard seeds contain vitamins such as folates and thiamine, which speed up your metabolic rate – this can help you to lose weight when you also enjoy a regular exercise routine. Just a teaspoon a day can boost levels, but this tasty treat can also be used on low-calorie foods including salads.
- Mustard contains no fat and no sugar
- It is high in antioxidants
- It contains selenium, magnesium, potassium and calcium, offering anti-inflammatory properties to help protect against stress
Chia seeds are an ancient superfood that has gained popularity over recent years due to their powerful health benefits. High in magnesium, fibre and antioxidants, they are great to power up your detox and can help boost your energy levels and metabolism. Add some seeds to natural yoghurt or a daily smoothie to enjoy their benefits.
- Gram-for-gram chia seeds contain more omega-3 than oily fish such as salmon
- Around 80% of the carbohydrates in chia seeds come in the form of fibre.
- Although low in vitamins, chia seeds contain many minerals that can help to boost metabolism and protect general health.
Hazelnuts are a great food to snack on during your detox. Despite being high in mono-saturated fat, this is actually a good thing! Mono-saturated fats are healthy and can help to protect your heart and brain function. Studies have shown that those who follow a diet rich in healthy fats can actually experience more weight loss than those who follow diets that eliminate these good fats. There are many ways in which you can include hazelnuts in your diet, from eating them raw, crushing them into pastes for sauces or simply sprinkling them across breakfast cereals.
- Hazelnuts have high levels of Vitamin E for healthy skin, hair and nails
- They are gluten-free
Although not a food, green tea is an excellent refreshing drink to enjoy during a detox and its renowned health benefits are also great for maintaining general good health. Studies have shown that consuming green tea may help to increase the metabolic rate, which helps to burn fat at a faster rate than normal.
If you find it unpleasant to drink, try adding a splash of ice cold water to it or a spoonful of honey and instead of drinking it, slowly sip the tea.
During a detox, many people experience some withdrawal effects, especially from the lack of sugar in their system. This can result in headaches and fatigue amongst other uncomfortable symptoms. However, a natural way to help relieve the symptoms is to keep well hydrated and the best way to do this is by drinking plenty of water. Experts recommend that you drink at least two litres of water per day.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
As always, fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet and contain many vitamins and minerals that will help protect and maintain your health. Being highly versatile, you can include both fruit and vegetables in a range of delicious dishes, from creative smoothie bowls to heart-warming vegetable dishes such as ratatouille.