10 Cleansing Foods To Spring Clean Your Gut

As spring rolls around and the air warms up around us, we are all eager to throw open the windows and tackle some heavy spring cleaning -- But why stop there?

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to just be about cleaning out your home. At R3 Recovery Lab, we are firm believers that spring cleaning applies to our environmental lives as well as to our physical lives. It's all about achieving balance: Cleaning out your home may be cleansing to your mind, but cleaning out your gut is cleansing to your body and soul.

Your body is naturally equipped with a detoxification process -- Your body is constantly working towards eliminating and neutralizing toxins within your body. Unfortunately, our bodies have nowadays become over-exposed to toxins from pollution, processed foods, environmental stress, and animal products. It is for this reason that you need to be proactive and encourage, activate and nurture your body’s detoxification process. By consuming cleansing foods high in antioxidants, you can cleanse your gut and flush out impurities.

10 Cleansing Foods To Spring Clean Your Gut:

1. Grapefruit

High in fiber, this nutritionally-dense citrus fruit lowers your cholesterol and boosts your digestive system. Bonus: the water in the juice flushes out toxins from your body!

2. Red Peppers

FYI: A single red pepper contains triple the amount of vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C converts toxins into digestible material, so it’s safe to say that red peppers are a viable detox food choice!

3. Ginger

This root boasts anti-inflammatory properties, and helps alleviate stomach pain and bloating. Ginger expedites your natural detoxification process by stimulating sweating, blood circulation, and digestion.

4. Turmeric

This liver-boosting superfood spice is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Beets

Purify and cleanse your blood with bright red beets. Beets are a nutrient-packed antioxidant powerhouse that supply your body with pectin, which is a natural blood cleansing activator.

6. Cucumbers

High in water content, cucumbers flush toxins out of your body while infusing your body with essential nutrients.

7. Oats

High in fiber, oats promote your digestive system while staving off hunger and keeping you full for long periods of time.

8. Sunflower Seeds

These seeds help prevent high cholesterol, while aiding in the liver detoxification process.

9. Garlic

Initiates the production process of detoxification enzymes in the liver in order to flush out toxins.

10. Infused Waters

These waters contain minimal calories, fight bloat, flush out toxins, stimulate digestive health, and aid in weight loss.

Looking to spring clean your gut? Check out the curated drink selection at R3 Lab's juice and coffee bar, where you will find infused waters, juices cleanses and shots (and much more!).