As the weather starts to cool down, you may notice a slight shift physically. Perhaps your digestion is off. Or maybe you keep finding yourself super tired at the end of the day. Eating natural, whole foods in accordance with the changes in seasons will help to achieve nutritional balance throughout the year. Nutritionist Trudy Stone helps you reboot your diet and get back on track with the superfoods to eat this Fall.
When the season transitions our body also goes through its own transition and sometimes that adjustment period can get suppressed by built up toxins, especially with all the overindulgences like sweet treats and alcohol that the summer brings.
In the Fall & Winter, warming comforting foods like sweet potatoes, carrots and squash will provide your body with the antioxidants that it needs at this time of the year like vitamin C, which helps support your immune function. Fall also brings us the biggest harvest of apples, a fruit that’s filled with fiber and pectin to help us digest those bulkier foods we’re eating for warmth.
The liver has a lot of work to do in your body. It has the important task of sifting waste and purifying your blood with the goal of removing any harmful stuff after it travels through your stomach and intestines, before it gets to the rest of your body. The liver decides which things are beneficial to your body and which aren’t. This is where phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification come in.
If its Spidey senses go off and it finds something toxic lurking around, first, in phase 1 detoxification it separates the bad items from your blood. Then in phase 2, it clears your body of the suspect compounds by hauling them away in bile. Your mission is to eat a variety of whole foods like beets, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage that will help to keep this process humming along and that protect your liver from harmful toxins during this detoxification process. These foods also contain special compounds which remove toxins from your body.
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