The Best Post-Holiday Foods for a Healthy Detox

The Best Post-Holiday Foods for a Healthy Detox

The holidays are winding down, and after tonight’s New Years shenanigans, you’re probably going to need some serious detoxing from all that rich, holiday food damage.

Whether you want to lose that turkey weight or just need a cleanse to reset your body to its pre-Christmas state, there are a handful of foods—delicious ones—with impressive detoxifying and slimming properties.

These are some foods you should consider in early 2016 to give your body a fresh start to the year.


Grapefruit

Most people’s New Year’s resolutions will involve some sort of weight loss, maybe taking on a radical new diet to slim down. That’s complex – and usually unrealistic – so instead, you can try simply eating half a grapefruit before each meal.

This tactic can help whittle your middle—by up to an inch—in just six-weeks according to a study published in the journal Metabolism. They’re loaded with fat-zapping phytochemicals, and “turn on” calorie-burning brown fat cells that further facilitates breaking down fats.


Guacamole

Heath experts liken guacamole to a designated driver for your digestive system. Avocado is excellent in repairing liver damage, and cilantro in guac contains a unique blend of oils that send a “simmer down!” message to an upset stomach.

So if you have an uneasy stomach from all those holiday treats, or New Year’s drinks, grab a bowl of guacamole with chips, and settle in.


Asparagus

There are a lot of heralded hangover cures – some effective, some irrelevant – but there’s one that’s a little unorthodox: steamed asparagus.

According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus may alleviate hangover symptoms and protect liver cells against toxins. Plus, the veggie is a natural diuretic as well, perfect to flush out those extra toxins from New Year’s.


Beets

If you plan on drinking copious amounts of alcohol over the holidays, make sure you have beets in your fridge for later. These roots contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, the body’s primary detox center. And we know the effects/damage alcohol can cause the liver, so if you know you’re overworking that organ, keep beets in mind.


Collard Greens

Indulging in a few too many sweets this holiday? Same with everyone else.

Collard greens have an incredible ability to cleanse your system of excess cholesterol, especially when steamed. The vegetable’s cholesterol-clearing properties were put to the test against Cholestyramine, a cholesterol-lowering drug. Impressively, collard greens improved the body’s cholesterol-blocking process by 13 percent more than the drug.

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