Spring detox foods

Make the most out of the new season!

Natural health expert Catherine Kladakis reveals her top seasonal picks.

Herbs such as basil, fennel and rosemary, as well as leafy greens such as dandelion, rocket and watercress.

Greens such as kale and parsley are wonderfully nourishing to the liver and body. Young cereal grasses including wheatgrass and micro algae spirulina are particularly high in the immune-boosting antioxidant chlorophyll.

Seasonal fruits: Ripened papaya helps to nourish the mucus membranes of the digestive system and lungs, while berries are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and nourishing to the blood.

Goji berries: A traditional staple of Chinese medicine, these ruby gems contain cerebrosides – a combination of sugar and fats shown to protect liver cells.

Ginseng and green tea: “Both provide support to the liver,” says traditional Chinese medicine practioner, Dr Shuquan Liu. He also recommends taking action to reduce the heat of the liver, as too much can exacerbate issues of depression and anger.

Movement. Dr Liu advises jogging or swimming for 45 minutes or more to balance the liver. If the liver is weak, try stress-relieving exercises, such as tai-chi, to help balance the internal organs. “Bitter herbs, green tea, passionfruit and grapefruit all help release heat from the liver,” says Dr Liu.

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