Day 4 of the #plantfueledyoga Challenge starts the Cleanse, Detox & Twist series!
Did you know there are foods that naturally cleanse your body? Your body handles a lot! Think about it….from the food you eat (or the ‘food-like’ substances you cram in) to the chemicals we use to clean our house, to the toxins we breathe in, our body absorbs quite a bit of gunk. And it is pretty darn efficient of cleansing itself!
Introducing the hardest working organ in our body: The Liver
This bad a#$ organ works 24/7 to extract the toxins our body consumes and absorbs throughout the day. In a nutshell, it produces compounds which aide in digestion and help to cleanse your blood of waste, separating out the useful nutrients needed. Fatty proteins (meat) take their toll on the liver and require lots of energy to be broken down into more water soluble elements for easier absorption. Poor liver!
More Plants = Happy Liver
Eating plants has so many health benefits, including giving your liver a break! Here are the Top 5 Plants to Aide in Detoxing & Cleansing your Liver:
- Beets & Carrots – both have tons of plant-flavonoids
Peppermint – aids in digestion & helps break down fats
Turmeric – helps with inflammation & stimulates enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins
Ginger – reduces nausea and inflammation
- Grapefruit – boosts production of liver detoxifying enzymes
- Garlic – stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system.
- Avocados -the omega-3 oils in avocado will help lubricate the lining in the intestine & allow the toxins to be absorbed by the oil and eliminated from the body.
Your Detoxifying Yoga Challenge: Side to Side Chair Pose
This twisting pose is sure to help ring out your liver!
Stand in mountain pose & center down through your feet.
Come into Utkatasana (Chair Pose) – raising your arms, bending your knees, folding your torso forward. Keep your back flat here (don’t crumble into yourself).
Breathe here for a few breathes.
Bring your hands to your heart center and rotate your torso to the right, hooking your left elbow onto your bent knee. Breathe for five breathes here, feeling the twist.
For more of a challenge, flower your arms open, reaching your left hand down to the ground and your right arm to the sky. Look up and breathe.
Come back to chair pose. Repeat on the opposite side.
Take care of your body, it’s where you live!