As a chiropractor and health educator, nutrition topics often come up in my practice. One common concern is cleansing. During a detox or cleansing program, there can be many food restrictions. This does not mean the food has to be bland or unappealing. I love the
following recipe for a healthy and delicious salad . You can have it without any dressing if you are on a very restricted cleansing or detox program. Or, you can also choose to add your favourite home-made dressing.
- 4-6 Olives (black or green): sliced into small pieces
- 1/4 to 1/3 of one English cucumber: sliced very thinly. This will make the salad have more juice and be less dry.
- 5-6 small sweet tomatoes: sliced into halves. This will allow their sweetness to come out.
- Italian parsley: It combats scurvy and intestinal problems, stimulates the appetite, and aids digestion. It also freshens breath.
- Blueberries: to add some good antioxidants.
- 2 kiwi: also sliced very thinly. This will add lots of taste and juice to the salad (Kiwi is a very alkaline-forming fruit, which is great for the body)
- Beet: this will give extra sweetness and juice
Commercial dressing tends to have preservatives and too much sodium, despite being advertised as low-calorie or reduced fat.
Home-made dressing: There are many recipes out there. Your dressing doesn’t always have to be olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I have added some suggestions below. You can certainly mix up a few types of oil together in your home-made dressing.
- flax seed oil, pumpkin seed, coconut oil, Udos oil,
- lemon juice
Benefits of a detoxification and cleansing program:
- detox and cleanse the GI tract including the liver
- balancing pH
- reset the taste buds