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Thursday, October 31, 2013

10 Healthy Foods to Beat Those Halloween Treats

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 11:41 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , No comments

Guest post by Northeastern graduate student Meghann Jurkowski

Halloween is an exciting time of year filled with tricks, treats, costume parties and loads of candy. It's always fun to take part in the festive activities and taste all the Halloween goodies that surround us but sometimes we indulge a bit too much. If you have been to one too many parties or ate a little bit too much this holiday, leaving you feeling sluggish, overly full, sick or just plain creepy, you should consider cleansing your body with some detoxing foods. It is completely possible to give your body a cleanse, ridding yourself of those Halloween toxins without fasting! Here are 10 detox foods to get you back to normal...

1. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens, including kale and arugula, are loaded with vitamins, minerals and some fiber to restore what our bodies need to run properly while pushing out the bad. Greens like kale also have detoxing abilities.

2. Lemons
One of the most potent detox foods, lemons are loaded with vitamin C which helps to restore acid-base balance in the body. This citrus fruit also aids in flushing out toxins in the body. Starting each day with a warm cup of water mixed with the juice of a lemon is a great way to cleanse the body and get your digestive system clear and ready for the day.

3. Beets
Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, beets act as an anti-inflammatory, protect the cells from free radicals, and aid in detoxification of the body.

4. Garlic
One of the best detoxing foods, contains compounds that help fight toxic residues in the digestive system, while increasing glutathione production which is needed to rid the body of certain toxins.

5. Omega-3s
These healthy fats from foods like avocados, almonds, and other nuts help lubricate the intestinal walls and promote the release of bile from the gallbladder - both aiding in the elimination of toxins from the body.

6. Green Tea
Contains a strong antioxidant that increases liver function while protecting against liver damage.

7. Ginger
A natural anti-inflammatory food, this root is also one that aids in detoxification.

8. Pomegranates and Blueberries
These fresh fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. The antioxidant properties of these fruits protect our cells from the damage of free radicals.

9. Raw Vegetables
Not only are vegetables like brussels sprouts, broccoli, artichokes, and cabbage loaded with vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy but they also have great detoxing properties.

10. Water
It is very important to rehydrate and keep the body hydrated. Drink lots of water to do this and help flush out toxins.

From all of us here at Northeastern Dining, have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!

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Meghann Jurkowski is a graduate student of nutritionist Christine Clark in the MS in Applied Nutrition program through the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.

Nutritionist Christine Clark works with Dining Services to provide you with tips and techniques to stay healthy during your time at Northeastern. If you have any further questions about this topic or are looking for more information about any other nutrition or diet topic, such as food allergies or sports nutrition, please contact her at christine.clark2@compass-usa.com or call UHCS at 617-373-2772 for an appointment.

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