Getting healthy and slimming down doesn't have to be confusing or difficult.
By including the following seven foods into your diet, you can help yourself naturally detox and lose weight:
1. Coconut oil
Surprised to see fat topping the list for weight loss foods? Don't be. Good fats do not make you fat. The way in which coconut oil is metabolized in the body means that it actually boosts your metabolism. Also include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, avocado, and oily fish to help lose belly fat.
Loaded with antioxidants, resveratrol, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, blueberries are known to help lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, improve memory, improve digestion, are anti-inflammatory, and since they are so nutritionally dense with such little calories, they are a great addition to your diet to help you lose weight.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Raw, unfiltered & with the 'mother,' Apple Cider Vinegar has excellent anti-inflammatory, detoxing and healing properties (both when taken internally and applied externally), has a high probiotic content which helps improve your digestive health, and whilst it is acidic, when taken internally it has an alkalising effect on the body. Use it as a dressing, to cook with, add to sauces, or add a tablespoon of it to warm water in the morning to help boost your metabolism and flush out toxins.
4. Dark leafy greens
There are reasons your mother told you to eat your greens. Dark leafy green vegetables (think kale, spinach, chard, Silverbeet etc.) and greens powders, such as Spirulina, contain a compound called chlorophyll which helps to improve your digestive health, oxygenate your blood, has an alkalizing effect on the body, and provides you with loads of essential vitamins and minerals to help with your weight loss goals.
5. Green tea
Green tea helps to boost your metabolism, works as an, energy booster, weight loss promoter, protector against radiation damage, and a powerful antioxidant. (Tip: Don't like it? Try white tea, it's the same tea leaves but just harvested earlier than green tea so it tastes a lot milder and sweeter).
6. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne is extremely high in Vitamin A, B, and C, helps with digestion, aids in detoxing, promotes weight loss, has a thermogenic effect on the body, can help improve heart health, and it boosts your metabolism. Try including some with warm water and lemon juice in the morning, sprinkle it over dishes, or add to homemade sauces.
7. Chia seeds
These are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, complete protein, fiber, calcium (5x more than milk), magnesium, iron, zinc and are loaded with antioxidants. They help promote weight loss, boost energy levels and endurance, and aid in detoxification. Add them to baking, smoothies, use them as an egg replacement in baking, or make puddings with them as a breakfast or snack alternative as they absorb up to 12x their weight in liquids.
8. Fiber-rich foods
Beans (including chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans), lentils, quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and other foods loaded with fiber help to keep you full for longer, and also help with keeping you regular. Two things that are super important for permanent weight loss.