Saturday, August 6, 2011

Top 15 Cleansing Foods and Tiramisu

Egg spread with sourdough
Food Diary (August 05, 2011)
Breakfast: Semolina porridge with prunes
Lunch: Egg spread with sourdough
Dinner: Spanish eggplant, bread

Semolina porridge is really delicious. Its simple to make and a great start to the day if you include fruits and nuts in the creamy goodness. I will post a recipe soon but it basically involves cooking semolina in milk or a mixture of milk and water for a few minutes.

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An enlightening article titled “Top 15 Cleansing Foods”. When it comes to cleansing your body of harmful toxins, food really is the best medicine. Here is the list of 15 foods that are also good cleaners:
Apples: Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines.
Avocados. They lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
Beets. Beets, contain a unique mixture of natural plant compounds that make them superb blood purifiers and liver cleansers.
Blueberries. Blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They also have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.
Cabbage. Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.
Celery and Celery Seeds. Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers and contain many different anti-cancer compounds that help detoxify cancer cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. It is particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.
Cranberries. Cleanse your body from harmful bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in your urinary tract with cranberries since they contain antibiotic and antiviral substances.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil. Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the Omega-3s, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are essential for many cleansing functions throughout the body.
Garlic. Eat garlic to cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses from your body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse build-up from the arteries and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. Additionally, garlic assists with cleansing the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses. For the health benefits, choose only fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.
Grapefruit. The pectin fiber binds to cholesterol, thereby cleansing the blood. Pectin also binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body. It also has antiviral compounds that cleanse harmful viruses out of the body. Grapefruit is an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier.
Kale. Its powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds help cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke and strengthens liver cleansing.
Legumes. The fiber helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestines, and regulates blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.
Lemons. Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
Seaweed. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, they are powerhouses of minerals and trace minerals.
Watercress. It increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.

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  1. gosh! there are lots to learn about semolina! :)

    Thanks for sharing your fave blog as it is very insightful.

  2. I like every single one of the 15 foods. Good news for me!

  3. Your lunch seems to be smiling at me :D
    No kissing after garlic, hazardous to your health *slap* .... there should be a warning sign.

  4. Wow. I didn't know some of those things about those foods.

  5. I'm always curious to read those lists. I hope I eat enough of everything! :P

  6. I want egg spread too! Your sandwich looks so yummy!
    Very interesting! I have already heard something about the cabbage only: there is a famous diet where people eat only cabbage cooked with other vegetables and nothing else... I prefer avocado :-)

  7. Great info on the cleansing foods. It made me hungry!

  8. Simply Life: thank you

    Peachie: you are most welcome, I am glad you found it insightful

    Angela: good news indeed, that means you can indulge a little without guilt:)

    ping: my lunch certainly smiled at me and I responded accordingly, with great speed:). I guess as you correctly pointed out garlic has its pros and cons! Are you suggesting that warning signs should be put on garlic just like they do on cigarette packets?:)

    yummychunklet: me neither!

    Lorraine: I am sure you do

    Sissi: I’ve heard about the cabbage only diet as well – a detox diet. A friend is going through a fruit/vege detox diet at the moment and lost 5kg in a week!

    Lora: thank you, and I hope it made you hungry for the food listed on the list of 15!

  9. i love that all the foods listed are plant based. i think i eat all of those! whoohoo! :D

  10. You can add coconuts as well, specially coconut water they are good for the digestive system

  11. Great post! Read more about Bacteria Intestinal. This post is linked there.