Many people can feel overly full, bloated, and just kind of tired. That is when we are told to go on a detox, and we obediently cut out things like alcohol, and processed meat, and that is meant to make us feel all better. And let’s admit it, it is certainly true that removing some things from our diets can make us feel a whole lot better: but the truly great detox is one that approaches both your body, and your mind.
We are world of stressed people. Despite having more conveniences than ever, being able to communicate to our loved ones no matter where they are in the world, and many of us living in developed and safe countries, there is a worrying trend in stress, anxiety, and depression. Sadly, one quick detox cannot solve some of those problems, but for many of us that feel that we are trickling down a slippery slope, it can prove to be the catalyst that changes the way that we eat, and think, for ever.
Our bodies and our minds are intrinsically linked. When we feel good about one, we naturally feel good about the other. For example, when you look in the mirror and like what you see, you are much more likely to go about your day with a smile on your face, and that means that you are statistically more likely to be treated better than other people that you encounter. Everyone loves a smiler! However, if you wake up and feel sad and a little down, you are much more likely to reach for a breakfast that contains more fat and sugar than you need, and that initial high will give you an even bigger downer later on in the day – and you’ll put on weight. These positive and negative experiences will eventually become cycles, and you’ll feel happier and happier or sadder and sadder, depending on which one you get stuck on.
But like any cycle, it is possible to break out of it. One of the best ways to do this is to try a detox that doesn’t just focus on your physical health, but also your mental and emotional health. This ensures that you achieve a balance throughout your life, and means that you are much more likely to be able to reap the rewards at the end of it. We have brought together five essential foods to bring into your detox diet. You may have heard of them before, and you may have already known that they were great for your body – but you probably didn’t realise that they were great for your mind, too:
Garlic is gorgeous – but as well as tasting great, did you know that garlic is also doing great for your mind? That is because garlic is a natural boost to your immune system. Instead of plugging your body full of unnatural immune enhancers, garlic does all of that for you – making sure that you do not get ill as often. We always feel worse when we are ill, so eating garlic can help you avoid that sad and sniffly days.
2. Lemon grass.
This herb is incredibly popular in Thailand, especially as it considered to be fabulously delicious in stir fries, and within tea. It’s hard to say no to such a proven ingredient, especially when you realise why lemon grass has become so popular in detox circles: because it removes the toxins from not one, not two, not three, but four organs. Your liver, kidneys, bladder, and your digestive tract will all benefit from consuming more lemon grass, and this means that your body will get a natural kick of endorphins when the toxins are removed. And we all know how much our minds love endorphins.
3. Olive oil.
You may be surprised to see olive oil here on our list, but don’t be fooled. It is possible to drizzle some wonderful olive oil on your salad and not only avoid any negative consequences, but actually embrace some good ones. Olive oil is a natural deterrent for gallstones, and has proven to help you to live longer. That’s right: a study in Spain demonstrated that a person that consumed a litre (that’s right, a litre!) of olive oil a week had a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease – even compared to another group that lived on a low-fat diet. Many people believe that olive oil is why Italy has such a high life expectancy rate. Knowing that you are going to live longer definitely does good things for your mind!
Wheatgrass shakes have been popular for years, but many people do not realise that its alkaline properties can naturally make us feel more cheerful! Wheatgrass also lowers our blood sugars, and boosts our metabolism – so if you have been struggling to lose weight, introducing wheatgrass into your diet could see you lose those pounds, and improve your mind’s association with exercise.
Who would believe that beetroot is actually a way to manage cancer? Many people love to put beetroots into their salads, or into their lasagnes, and children have always laughed to see how it changed the colour of their teeth. But believe it or not, beetroot deals with free-radicals in your body, which are unstable molecules. What better way to relax your mind than to reassure it that you are dealing with potential problems within your body?