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Eat These 5 Foods for a Healthy Detox

When I was young, my Nana had the most amazing garden full of potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peas, carrots, radishes, strawberries, raspberries… she even had a few stalks of corn! I ate peas from the pod and young carrots I’d pulled from the ground and washed in the rain barrel. When we wanted potatoes for dinner we went out to the garden and dug a few up. To put it mildly, I was spoiled.

When you consider how much abuse our bodies take from the chemicals in the air and the products we use on a daily basis, the detoxing benefits of fresh, organic fruits and veggies is surely needed.

Since Nana doesn’t have her garden anymore and I don’t have the space for one, I rely on local farmers markets and nearby farms for organic fruits and veggies. Here are my five favorite detoxifying foods to get fresh from the farm.

Cruciferous plants

Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radishes, watercress, mustard plants are all members of this oh-so-good-for-you plant family. Compounds in these plants help the liver create enzymes that break down and eliminate toxins. There are tons of ways to eat these veggies. Add cabbage, watercress, radishes and mustard greens to salads or pile them on sandwiches. Munch on raw broccoli and cauliflower for a snack, or toss them in a stir-fry for dinner.

Beets

Sweet but low in calories, beets are great for detoxing your body. Packed with vitamin C and folate, this red veggie staves off free radicals and promotes healthy cell growth. Think pickled beets and Borscht (beet soup) are the only ways to eat this veg? Raw beets actually pack the biggest punch, so grate some on salads or add thin slices to a veggie sandwich or wrap. If you’re already a fan of beets, top a bed of baby spinach with ribbons of raw beets for a tasty and beautiful salad.

Berries

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, brambleberries… they’re all so very yummy. And while the berry season is fleeting, the health benefits are lasting. Researchers at Tufts University tested 60 fruits and veggies for antioxidants and blueberries topped the list. Blueberries neutralize free radicals, improve the structure of veins and generally strengthen the cardiovascular system, protect against cancer development, and have been linked to healthy eyesight. Raspberries are another great antioxidant, but they also have important antimicrobial properties, which can prevent overgrowth bacteria and fungi, as well as a yeast linked to vaginal yeast infections and irritable bowel syndrome.

Tomatoes

There is nothing quite like a ripe, juicy tomato fresh from the field or a garden. Warm, juicy and sweet, you can almost taste the sunshine. But the health benefits are even better than the taste. The red skins of tomatoes are full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Not only can it detox your system immediately, lycopene may help prevent cancers. Just be sure to get your hands on organic tomatoes – they contain more lycopene (even organic ketchup has three times the lycopene than a non-organic product).

Carrots

Sure you can get them year-round, but fresh carrots are a totally different experience than carrots from storage. Since most of the good stuff is in the skin or just under it, don’t peel your carrots if you can help it—if they’re fresh, a good wash it all it will take. This root veggie is packed with carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body), vitamins B, C, D and E – all of which are antioxidants that protect the body from harmful free radicals. They’re also a mild diuretic, so they’ll help flush out your kidneys. The alkaline elements in carrots also help detox your blood, and maintain a neutral pH level.

So eat to your heart’s content! Just don’t neglect legumes, grains and water: protein produces enzymes the liver requires to break down toxins, fiber helps remove waste from the body, and water keeps everything working properly.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eat-these-5-foods-for-a-healthy-detox.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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