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Spring Cleaning for the Body

It’s time for Spring Cleaning!

And as much as our houses are in need of it, our body or our temples may need some Spring Cleaning as well.

During the winter, many of us eat foods that may not be as healthy for us, but taste really good. Or we may have drunk alcohol more than we normally would. Or we have gone through some medical or ART or fertility procedure and took some western medicine medications. Regardless of what we have done this past winter, it’s a whole new season and it may be time to do some Spring Cleaning or a Detox for the Body.

Below is a list of Antioxidant Powerhouses, which may help with you in this process:

Please note the following:

  1. These are healthy suggestions. Please consult your Inner Doctor or your Allopathic or Naturapathic doctor, before following using these foods.

  2. By Inner Doctor, I mean that you get to pay attention to how these foods feel in YOUR body, and how they may affect you mentally and emotionally. Maybe use your intuition or muscle test yourself to see if these suggestions will work for you.

  3. Unless you are growing your own food or buying from foreign countries that don’t produce GMO products, it’s best to buy organic food products.

Antioxidant Powerhouses

These foods are flush with vitamin C and E and beta-carotene, and flavonoids, which neutralize free radicals that contribute to the onset of aging and disease.

Dark Beans – Small red, pinto beans and kidney beans are excellent source of antioxidants, with small red beans topping the list. Remember to soak your beans for at least 6-8 hours. And if you are looking to take the gassy-ness out of your beans then I have heard that soaking them for 24 hours can help with this.

Dark Chocolate and Cacao – Dark Chocolate (at least 70%) and unsweetened cocoa powder are rich in antioxidants. Heating chocolate destroys some of its healing properties. I love Lily’s brand sugar-free dark chocolate with stevia and coconut! Pretty darn yummy!

Pecan – These nuts are rich in vitamin e, an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage.

Red Grapes – For a powerful dose of antioxidants, choose red or purple grape varieties such as Concord over the green varieties.

Apple – Phytochemicals called polyphenols make apples a good source of antioxidants. But don’t remove the skin – it contains substantially higher levels of antioxidants than the flesh.