We could all do with adding a few more fruits and vegetables to our diets and luckily the Seattle Farmers Market has a wide range of fresh and ripe produce available. With the stresses of work, family and household chores, sometimes nutritional concerns get pushed aside. After a few days of binging on junk food, you may start to feel unwell or fatigued. Short term cleansing diets may help to detoxify your body, whilst topping up much needed nutrients. To quickly consume large amounts of plants, try juicing. In the long term, a varied and balanced diet of solid foods is recommended by all good nutritionists. However, short term cleansing won’t do any harm and can quickly revitalize your body.
Which ingredients should you put in? Read on to discover the top three superfoods and why they are perfect for short term cleansing.
The stunning color of blueberries is due to anthocyanins. But these flavonoids aren’t just there to make your plate look pretty. They are packed full of health benefits. Vitamin C and vitamin A in the blueberries act as antioxidants, which improves your immune system and can inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. They also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and vitamin K, all of which contribute to healthy bones.
If you’re feeling slightly constipated from too much junk food, the high fiber content in blueberries will quickly improve your digestive functioning. The low glucose and sodium content naturally lowers the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. There is even research to show that consumption of blueberries can improve mental wellbeing.
Blueberries are native to North America, so the Farmers Market in Seattle will sell only the freshest, locally sourced berries. The best time to enjoy these naturally sweet and delicious fruits is in summertime, between May and August.
Packed with vitamin B5, B6, C, E and K, an avocado can quickly top up the vital nutrients that your body is craving. If you haven’t been getting enough potassium recently (and most people aren’t), skip the bananas and head straight for the avocados, which contain 14% of your RDA, compared to bananas which contain only 10%.
77% of an avocado is fat. But this isn’t the saturated fats that your doctor tells you stay away from. Instead, avocados contain oleic acid, which lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, the fatty acids will actually help your body to absorb nutrients more efficiently from the other plants that you consume.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants for short term cleansing. In the long run, these nutrients will improve the overall health of your eyes.
Avocados are also a summer fruit, with the freshest available in Washington between June and August. Throw them in the blender to get all those healthy fats into your system.
Leafy greens are an essential part of any short term cleanse. They are densely packed with vitamins and minerals, meaning only small amounts can quickly provide the healthiest nutrition for your body.
Lutein and zeaxanthin is also present in kale. Furthermore, a cup of kale is only 33 calories, yet the high fiber content will make you feel full for longer, preventing over eating. Beyond this, there is a high protein content without any of the downsides of fatty meat.
Kale also contains the fatty acid alpha-linolenic, which contains omega-3. This can improve mood, reducing depression. It will also reduce inflammation, which helps the lungs to breathe comfortably.
Kale can be cooked or blended raw into a fruit juice smoothie. By adding more leafy vegetables and less tropical fruits to juices, you will be cutting down on the sugar content, whilst still getting all those minerals and vitamins that many people are lacking. Head to the Seattle Farmers Market between September and November for kale that’s in peak season.
Whilst there are plenty of superfoods you can include in a cleansing diet, these three alone contain a huge range of nutrients with almost no negative health effects. Enjoying large quantities of blueberries, avocados and kale for a short period can quickly detox harmful substances and return the normal functioning of your body.
Written by Sally Phillips