Top 10 Asian superfoods for a detox diet

The best detox method is to take care of your liver. Here's how to help your body cleanse itself with these oriental foods.

While many detoxification methods involve starvation and purging, Pooja Vig, nutritional therapist at The Nutrition Clinic, believes that the better way is to support and boost the liver's toxin eliminating functions.

All you have to do is to supply the organ with the right nutrients so it can do its dual-phase job (ie. consolidate toxins and expel them from the body) better.

No premium prices here, these liver-friendly foods are readily found at your neighbourhood grocer.

First step of the detox diet: Pick up the 'trash' in your body

Harmful chemicals from the food and water you ingest are usually stored in your body's fat cells, making them difficult to expel.

The first step in the detoxification process is to convert these toxins from being fat-soluble to water-soluble, explains Pooja.

Antioxidants neutralise damaging free radicals that are released during this phase.

Next step of the detox diet: Toss the junk

Once the body's "trash" has been processed, it's important to clear it out.

The second phase of detoxification is called addition or conjugation, where the broken-down toxins bind to substances to be transported out of the body.

Foods that are rich in amino acids are especially important here.

Next: Try this recipe to detoxify your body

Asian Superfoods Detox Diet Recipe: Cashew and Coriander Pesto (Serves 3 to 4), Prep Time: 5mins

Ingredients

-2½ cups coriander leaves

-1 cup cashew nuts

-2 large garlic cloves

-1 cup olive oil

-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

-A pinch of salt

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and puree until smooth.

2. Serve with crackers and veggie sticks, use it as a topping for grilled fish or chicken, or stir it into steamed brown rice or boiled quinoa.

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