This week on the Bondi Harvest blog we’re going to be showcasing a food each day that you can include in your diet to help move along the detox process – but without deprivation!
Today we kick off with one of our favourites and a freaking ninja when it comes to detoxifying one of our hardest working organs at this time of year – the liver.
We’re all about balance, so instead of eliminating foods like a traditional detox we reckon you should just add in the ingredients that do all the hard work for you. Makes sense, right?
Fresh beets (not the canned junk) really are the livers best friend. When consumed as a juice (cold pressed is best), beetroots are a great liver cleanser, regenerating the cells of the immune system, purifying the blood, improving circulation and alkalising the entire body.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD FUNCTIONING LIVER?
Beetroot improves liver function largely by thinning bile, allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and into the small intestine.
Well aside from the fact that it’s responsible for detoxifying the entire body, keeping it in peak condition can help in the following ways:
Increase energy levels.
Boost your immune system.
Regulate your body’s natural metabolic process.
Lift your mood: Studies show that a healthy liver can affect your mood, making you less agitated, anxious and more focused. (Sounds like a good reason to us).
What else is this red-hued veg good for?
The beautiful deep red hue of beets comes from betacyanin, which has anti-carcinogenic properties, particularly against colon cancer.
FULL OF MORE GOOD SH*T
Beets contain bioavailable vitamin C, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
GOOD FOR EXPECTING MAMAS
Beets are full of folate, which is great for pregnancy as it reduces the risk of spina bifida in the unborn child.
Folate is also particularly good for reducing the risk of heart disease.
KEEPS CHOLESTEROL IN CHECK
Beetroot is great for reducing cholesterol levels as they’re rich in antioxidants that can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which makes beets great for heart attack and stroke prevention.
HOW TO EAT YOUR BEETS!
Follow our Hummus recipe and add 1 medium grated beetroot into the food processor for an antioxidant boost.
The ultimate liver tonic drunk by the Russians for centuries. It’s basically a fermentation using beets, filtered water, salt and in some cases whey. Google some recipes online and sip mindfully.
Experts say it’s best to mix beetroot juice with some other veggies as detoxifying your liver too speedily can have an adverse effect. A yummy combo is beetroot, carrot, apple, and celery. If you cold press your juice (like we do at our Bondi Harvest Restaurant) you’ll retain more of the nutrients.
Raw beets are always best. Grate them on a box grater and throw them into your favourite salad. Not into the raw stuff? Wrap whole beets in foil and roast them in the oven for 45 mins – 1 hr on 200°C/400°F. So good.