10 Great detoxifying energy boosting foods
What foods are great for detoxing & boosting energy?
Now, we're not one's for cutting corners or giving you the easy way out, but I will share with you a little secret..The food you eat can be just as important as the workout you do, and if you’re in need of a bit of a pick me up these 10 foods could become your new best friends.
Detoxifying energy releasing foods, these little beauties are ready and waiting in a shop near you, to help inject some extra ooopmh into your workout and to help you feel better all over. There are many other weird and wonderful ‘superfoods’ you can also try but we’ve kept it pretty mainstream so it’s easy to get your hands on these. Go to the shop, lovingly put the items into your basket, take them home (please pay for them first!) then make them a part of your life. They will be loyal friends who super-charge you and we think it could be the start of a wonderful relationship.
1.) Blue Berries
Just 100g (4oz) of blueberries contain the same amount of age-defying antioxidants as five servings of other fruit and vegetables. They contain a high amount vitamin C known for fighting colds and at only 80 calories per 145g, they are a perfect detoxifying snack. It has also been said that they help lower cholesterol, so a very busy food!
Apart from being a vegetable and green, broccoli has many other redeeming qualities. It is a rich source of vitamin A, which is known to play a major role in the growth and repair of body tissues. Scientific evidence has also shown that Broccoli contains major cancer fighting ingredients and is said to boost brain power!
3.) Green Tea
The hype about green tea has been around for quite some time, but is it any wonder? With its anti- oxidising, metabolism boosting, and inhibition of cancer growth, it is a powerful refreshment. We also love it for its ability to carry out liver repair and protection –any help with this always appreciated. The recommended amount to reap the full benefits that green tea has to offer, is around three cups per day. So next time you reach for that cup of coffee, have a cup of green tea instead.
4.) Seeds and Nuts
They are an amazing source of a vitamins and minerals and also contain a high level of omega 3 fatty acids. The only warning I would give when eating these kinds of foods, is to be weary of the quantity as although they are extremely health boosting and nutritiously delicious, they are very high in calories. For those of you watching your weight keep your quantity controlled. The perfect way to introduce seeds is to sprinkle some over a meal, that way you can reap the benefits without overdoing the calories.
This food, recently labelled the ‘miracle worker’, has many detoxifying effects. They are said to work with the body to neutralise our PH which often becomes too acidic when the body is subjected to processed foods, alcohol and coffee. Having a more neutralised balanced PH level, means that we have more energy, better stamina and less of a desire to indulge in sugary treats.
Beetroot boasts not only a high level of antioxidants which is great news for your skin and liver, but it is also can play a role in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks. Packed with vitamins it also, according to many, is great for boosting your serotonin levels, the hormone responsible for lifting your spirits. We find if we’re in better mood we put more into our workout and stop making excuses.
Whilst being low in calories at only 74 per serving, grapefruits also offer many other health benefits. The bitter flavour you can taste in the grapefruit is actually an antioxidant that triggers the liver to breakdown fat. Perfect for a breakfast metabolic boost! If you find the bitter taste of grapefruit somewhat overbearing, you could try blending it into a smoothie.
Rich in potassium and bursting with vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great source of natural energy and perfect as a mid morning snack. Just two bananas will give you enough energy to carry out an hour and a half’s worth of exercise. As an aside, another amazing quality due to their high vitamin and mineral content is their ability to reduce the effects of the dreaded hangover….just thought you might like to know that..
They’re a little bit funny looking and tough to seed, but once you get the hang of the humble pomegranate, you’re in for a delicious treat that’s packed with nutrients. These juicy little berries are low in calories and high in antioxidants and Pomegranate seeds are full of B vitamins, potassium, and folic acid. Research has shown that they are very powerful when it comes to removing bad cholesterol.
Ok, so going back to basics, there’s a whole lot of good in eggs. Getting enough protein throughout the day is crucial if you want to gain muscle. Eggs are great because they’re pretty much 50% protein – and they’re full of all eight essential amino acids crucial in muscle and bone cell growth and regeneration. Eggs are also a source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A, D, E and B. They’ve got a lot to give and if you have eggs in a morning they can help boost your metabolism for the day.
This by no means takes away the need for you to put the hard yards in, but we're all for helping you get healthy to support your gym activity. We bet there are some interesting concoctions you lot could create out of the above foods –drop us a line on social media if you discover any worth sharing.
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