These three tips from a dietitian can help you get started
Spring is the perfect time to clean up your diet by adopting new, healthy eating habits. Masha Fox- Rabinovich, outpatient dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital, has three suggestions for renewing your nutrition and improving health.
1. Ditch Dangerous Ingredients
- Scale back on added sugars found in items such as syrups, desserts and sweetened beverages. High sugar intake is linked to an increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
- Eat fewer highly processed foods such as chips, cookies and frozen meals, which can negatively affect blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
2. Add Natural Detoxifiers
- Raise your glutathione levels by eating cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), garlic, onions and avocados. A powerful antioxidant, glutathione helps the liver remove toxins, neutralizes free radicals and enhances immune function.
- Increase dietary fiber. Regularly eat beans, lentils, vegetables, fruits and nuts/seeds. High-fiber diets help control or prevent type 2 diabetes, lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and improve digestion and bowel health. Adequate fiber intake improves overall diet by filling you up on more nutrient-dense, real foods, instead of calorie-dense foods that contain little nutrition.
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps promote digestion, flush out toxins from the organs and carry nutrients to your cells.
- Squeeze lemon into a glass of water. Lemons are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants that help cleanse the liver.