Whoever hasn’t heard of ‘detox’? It’s the ‘in’ thing today in health. Detox is a natural, continuous process that involves neutralizing and discarding dietary and environmental toxins out of the body. There are ways to remove your body’s impurities through natural means and with the use of certain medical procedures, as well.
However, nothing beats the use of natural therapies for body cleansing. Water, along with certain types of food not only support the flushing out of harmful elements, but, also speed up the process. How? Antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fiber, essential fatty acids and other vital nutrients are found in food, particularly in vegetables and fruits. When taken in the right amounts, these help in ridding your body of unhealthy and unwanted elements.
A Little Bit of History
The fruit has had a long history, its discovery traced back 5000 years ago in the Middle East, particularly from Egypt and Israel to the Mediterranean. It was used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine practiced in India also used the pomegranate for a wide variety of purposes, including the alleviation of throat problems and heart ailments.
Pomegranate Detox For A Heart Healthy Valentines
Valentine’s Day is nearing and nobody wants to be left behind in the celebrations. On this day, and any other, choose the food that’s not only good for your heart but, also safe in eliminating toxins.
Considered as belonging to the berry family, the pomegranate is one such fruit that has been found helpful in reducing the blood pressure and decreasing the bad cholesterol known as Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. When taken regularly and in sufficient amounts, your chances of contacting heart disease is lowered.
A Load of Other Health Benefits
According to the latest research, taking pomegranates every day fights against certain cancer-causing agents, curbs diabetes development, strengthens the memory, thus, it helps deter Alzheimer development.
The deep red color of its seed, made possible by a type of antioxidant called ‘anthocyanins’ may protect against damage to and inflammation of DNA. Further, studies show that the fruit helps in slowing down the aging process by strengthening the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin.
High in fiber, low in calories and devoid of saturated fats and cholesterol, pomegranates are loaded with the minerals potassium, calcium, manganese and copper. Also rich in vitamins K, C and B-compounds, the fruit also contains another antioxidant, the ‘punicalagin’.
Being antioxidant-rich, the pomegranate can very well which help scavenge your body of harmful free radicals. What’s more, it also reduces the risk of viral infection and inhibit dental plaque production.
How To Enjoy It During Valentines
Undoubtedly, yummy treats will be prepared for this particular special day. Treat your loved ones and including your guests with a unique menu that will boost their heart health. Why not offer them fresh fruit and veggie salad with a hefty addition of the jewel-toned, sweet-tart seeds?
Pomegranates are also good to go as breakfast cereal sprinkles or as a snack. Add a splash of unsweetened pomegranate juice in just the right amount to water to perk up its taste. Make it a habit to drink it daily as part of your natural therapies