Detoxification With Fruits, Veggie
Compiled by the Weekly
Tips on fruits and vegetables that can help purify the body against bad impacts of improper foods and drinks, and environmental pollution
Regular intake of apples is highly recommended by nutritionists, as this fruit’s dietary fiber can help regulate bowel movements and may therefore reduce the risk of colon cancer, and even prostate and lung cancers. Apples may also help with heart disease and control of the cholesterol level in the blood. The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” proves the health effects of the fruit.
Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon or balsam pear, with its typical bitterness, is believed to be able to relieve fever, detoxify the body and improve vision. Regular intake of bitter gourd can help stabilize the blood sugar for those with diabetes. The gourd is considered to be cold and good for the heart and liver. It has long been used to quench the thirst, relieve pain, cure constipation and coughing, and facilitate urination.
In traditional Vietnamese medicine, carrots are considered to be good for the spleen, stomach, large intestine, liver and lungs. The taproot has long been used to boost the liver, blood circulation and digestive system, relieve the “heat” and detoxify the body. Carrots are also used to treat coughing, measles, diarrhea, anorexia and intestinal worms for children, and to cure nervous and physical asthenia for adults. The taproot can help boost appetite, urination and excretion.
According to traditional Vietnamese medicine, cucumber is considered to be sweet and cool, and good for the spleen, stomach and large intestine. The fruit can be used to relieve fever, detoxify the body and boost urination. It can be eaten fresh, cooked or squeezed for juice to relieve fever and sore throat, and treat dysentery and edema.
Garlic, which is considered to be good for the liver and stomach, has long been used to relieve fever and phlegm, detoxify the body, kill bacteria, facilitate urination, and treat diarrhea, dysentery, indigestion, constipation, typhoid fever, pharyngitis and boils. Intake of some cloves of garlic every day can help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol level in the blood, and prevent the formation of blood clots, which may cause heart attacks or strokes.
Green beans, or mung beans, are used in the traditional Vietnamese medicine to relieve fever and edema, and help the liver discharge toxicants out of the body. Intake of green beans is recommended to stabilize the cholesterol level in the blood, protect blood vessel walls, and prevent high blood pressure and strokes.
Persimmons, which are rich in dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, are good for the digestive system, blood circulation, urination, skin and hair. In traditional Vietnamese medicine, raw persimmons are often used to treat constipation and hemorrhoids, and to stop bleeding; cooked persimmons are used to treat diarrhea and dysentery.
Drinking tea every day, especially green tea, can help intensify the immune system, delay aging process, detoxify the body and prevent the risks of strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases, as well as lung, prostate and breast cancers. Drinking tea regularly can also help prevent Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis for the elderly.
Intake of wood ear mushrooms (or cloud ear fungus) has been proved to be good for the blood and help lower the cholesterol level in the blood, prevent arteriosclerosis and purify the digestive system.