February is not only the shortest month of the year, it has now (thanks to initiatives like Febfast,) become the month of the “detox!” More and more of us are partaking in the month of NO Booze and NO Nasties, to help cleanse and give our bodies a well-earned break after the festive season!

With half of our office braving the February cleanse, I thought I’d share some of our favourite ways to naturally cleanse and reinvigorate your body, to take on 2012 with a healthier you!

Beetroot
The vibrant red colour of beetroot juice is so rich it could almost be mistaken for blood. Nature’s way of speaking to us perhaps… as beetroot is known to purify blood and support healthy circulation through the heart, liver and large intestine, clever! Other benefits our beet offers…alleviates constipating, aids and cleanses the liver, is anti-inflammatory and beneficial for anaemia. Try adding beetroot to your freshly squeezed juices or have a go at this delicious and nourishing Raw Beetroot & Arame Salad recipe!

Chia Seeds
These tiny little seeds are packed full of nutritional power, being one of the richest sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. This powerful superfood is also a great source of dietary fibre which is great at pulling those nasties out from our bodies, leaving us feeling cleansed!

Simply sprinkle chia over your muesli, add to your smoothie or enjoy a ‘Chia Fresca’… add 1tsp chia to a tall glass of water, keep stirring every few minutes and enjoy, it’s refreshing and will keep you full between meals!

Dandelion
Some of you may have met Dandelion in your garden as a weed, but this plant is one of nature’s best tonics for our spleen, stomach, kidneys and liver. It stimulates liver function, reduces inflammation, bloating and improves digestion! The root of the plant also contains inulin which lowers blood sugar levels. Dandelion root tea can be served black or with a touch or milk and honey, we roast ours to bring out the coffee like flavour. Replace your morning caffeine hit with this bitter tonic and you will notice the difference!

Join the Brassica Family
This family of vegetables is one of the most important for detoxifying and regeneration. Known for being rich in phytonutrients which detoxify carcinogens and protect against nasties! Brassica vegetables include; cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale.

Green is good!
Our green leafy vegetables are packed full of essential nutrients, particularly Vitamins A, C, K and Calcium…as well as providing a good dose of fibre. Add a handful of green leafy’s like spinach, rocket, broccoli or kale to every meal and you will feel more energised and healthier from the inside out! Kick-start your day with this Green smoothie recipe from

Green Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 4 kale stalks
  • 6 sprigs of parsley (leaves and stems)
  • 3 sprigs mint
  • a knob ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • half a frozen banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp of pepitas & sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of water

What to do:
Chuck everything in a blender and mix until smooth. If it’s too thick you might want to add more water.
Recipe by Kiara from Glug of Goodness.

Lemon
This tangy citrus fruit is an old favourite of nutritionists and naturopaths, due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which will kill bacteria and cleanse your body! Lemons support a healthy liver, promote healthy weight loss, and are packed full of Vitamin C, a known immune booster and detoxifier.

Squeeze a quarter to half a lemon in warm water in the morning and drink on waking, followed by 1-2 glasses of filtered water. Lemon aids digestion by stimulating the gall bladder to release bile which supports liver function and the breakdown of fats. Lemon also stimulates saliva production and is a great way to awaken your body’s metabolism.