We are bombarded daily by toxins – chemicals in the water we drink and the air we breathe, man-made artificial flavors, colors and GMOs in our food, and hormones and antibiotics in our meat, milk and vegetables. Over time, these poisons accumulate in our kidneys, our body’s natural filters then invade the tissues of our liver and abdominal organs and spread throughout the body, carried by our blood.

Regular detoxification helps flush these trapped toxins from our bodies and return our kidneys and liver to their original clean and healthy state. A simple detox does not require drastic juice fasts or “cleanses” but can be as simple as doubling the amount of clean water you drink throughout the day. Eliminating or at least minimizing sugar filled drinks and drinking 10 glasses of water daily can flush many of the accumulated toxins from your body. Adding natural lemon juice or green tea to your water will increase its detox effectiveness. Increased exercise and sweating will also help the detox process and improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.

Benefits of detoxification through following an anti-inflammatory diet are immense. According to Harvard School of Public Health, the anti-inflammatory diet helps raise your energy levels, improves your digestion, and clears your “brain fog” caused by toxins found in refined carbs, soda, saturated fat, and sugar. Staying hydrated and mixing your anti-inflammatory diet with a daily exercise will stimulate blood circulation and promote healthier skin, lower stress level, and stronger immune system.

Anti-inflammatory diet includes eating berries, oranges, tomatoes, nuts, green veggies, and olive oil.

SOURCE: Harvard Medical School

To support your new toxin free healthy lifestyle, consider adding foods and drinks rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the unhealthy effects of free radicals in your body. Free radicals “steal” oxygen molecules from your healthy cells, leaving them permanently damaged. The most notable (and noticeable) damage caused by free radicals is the visible aging of your skin. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage and are found in a variety of healthy foods including:

  • Berries – Blueberries and all berries from strawberries to goji berries.
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables – Kale, spinach, artichokes, and cabbage.
  • Dried Fruits – Prunes, raisins and to a lesser degree, apricots.
  • Apples and Citrus – Apples, oranges, lemons, and limes.
  • Sulphur Rich Foods – Onions, garlic, and broccoli.
  • DARK Chocolate – 70% Cacao or higher. 
  • Antioxidant Beverages – Natural fruit juices and green tea. Avoid adding sugar to your fresh juice and instead use natural sweeteners like honey or stevia.

While shopping for your antioxidant rich foods and drinks, visit the dairy and yogurt aisle for a probiotic drink to improve your gut health. Fermented foods and drinks contain probiotics, the healthy bacteria and yeasts that help your “gut” or digestive system digest and absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Natural sources of healthy probiotics include yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, and kombucha. Probiotic foods and yogurt drinks have been shown to markedly improve digestive health, reduce stress and depression, and promote immune health.

In Cascada, we offer a wide range of healthy choices, including tasty fresh antioxidant juices, detox juices, probiotic juices, and delicious probiotic yogurt drinks. All of our juices are free of any artificial flavors, coloring, and GMO products, and made fresh from scratch with no added sugar and with your choice of sweetener.

Come visit us and try our food and juices selection.

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