In A Clean Slate, Part One I talked about movements that detox, heal, keep you focused and balanced (both mentally and physically). Now I’d like to turn to foods that de-bloat and help with digestion.
A mug of hot lemon water in the morning wakes up your digestive system and helps get things moving. You can drink green tea with lemon if you don’t like the taste of warm lemon water on its own.
Pineapple is the perfect summer fruit. They have incredible detox benefits for the body, since they contain the enzyme bromelain, which aids in digestion and lowers inflammation. It contains large doses of vitamin A (which promotes healthy skin and supports your immune system) and vitamin C to help produce collagen that keeps your skin firm, supports your immune system, and is a great anti-inflammatory. As an added bonus, it’s also loaded with fiber to keep you full, which prevents you from eating other, less healthy foods.
Pears are loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrients. Rich in vitamin C, they have antioxidant properties and are said to protect body cells from oxygen-related damage caused by free radicals. And they’re also one of the most easily digested fruits.
Mint This cooling herb does more than just offer refreshment on a hot summer day: it also reduces bloating and indigestion while soothing your digestive tract, so you’ll feel comfortable showing off your flat stomach. Try our watermelon mint, ppm (pineapple pear mint) or grapefruit green juice.
Cucumbers are a terrific hydrator. The sun and sea can leave your skin dry and hair brittle, so it’s extremely important to stay hydrated during the summer months. They replenish your whole body with vitamins and minerals while helping eliminate toxins. The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water, but also vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling, which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn. That’s also why you’ll find it in all of our green juices and tropical cleanser.
Like cucumber, melons are also water-dense and super hydrating. They’ll quell your sweet cravings while delivering a hearty dose of vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Cantaloupe is loaded with vitamins A and C, which helps promote clear and firm skin. Watermelon contains a large amount of lycopene, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Honeydew contains vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins, including folate and niacin. Since each melon is unique in its benefits, it’s best to eat a variety of them. Enjoy a mixed fruit salad of cubed cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon, or blend them into a refreshing smoothie. Try our watermelon mint.
Adding dark leafy greens to your diet is a smart idea, no matter what the season. They’re the perfect way to help you get your daily dose vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, magnesium, and iron, to name just a few). They’ll bulk up your plate and have you feeling full—without the calories. Skip the iceberg and go for the dark stuff like spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, or arugula. Eat them raw in salads, or lightly cooked. And you’ll find them in all of our green juices.
And no matter what you’re eating, remember to slow down! Eating too quickly can cause air to be trapped in your system, which can cause bloating and discomfort. So chew slowly, and you’ll not only feel remarkably better, you’ll also have more time to enjoy your food far more.