The Top 5 Detox Foods for Recovering Men
If you’re anything like me, your days spent in the wilderness took a brutal toll on your body, with the repeated batterings of a crappy diet, booze, and little-to-no physical challenge leaving you with overworked organs, a shoddy body, and a beer-battered brain.
While Recovering Man is for ALL men rediscovering their core purpose, true selves and what it means to be a man, most men today have engaged in reckless and often addictive behaviour, as well as having little idea what their body really needs and why.
This is why I wrote this piece on the Top 5 Detox Foods for Recovering Man.
Whether you’re new to nutrition, coming out of the rough-end of a long booze bender, or a guy at one with his purpose in need of a boost, the below foods offer you some instant healing results for body, mind and soul.
Remember, marketers spend trillions each year making you believe horseshit about body-rotting snacks they want you to buy, part of being an awake and balanced man is seeing through the lies and taking responsibility for your own health.
Ginger is a powerful little spice that packs a big punch and goes well beyond folk medicine.
It is absolutely great if you’ve been overdoing it with junk food and/or booze as it is packed with natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals in your system.
Free radicals are essentially harmful molecules that are created when the oxidation process changes the state of an atom – messed up what we can do to ourselves, hey?
To think we actually screw ourselves up on an atomic level with booze and a crap diet.
Anyhow, ginger fights back against this oxidation process, hence being an ‘antioxidant’.
This is why ginger is exceptionally highly regarded when it comes to the health of your immune system.
Ways to imbibe ginger: Anytime you make a tomato-based sauce, whack some ginger on the top, that way you get in the nutrients you need and the powerful taste of ginger blends in incredibly with the more steady tomato flavouring.
Beetroot is especially good if you’ve been overdoing it with the booze – hence about every guy in the West needs to get on this one.
This is because beetroot works wonders for liver detoxification.
As a core organ, the liver processes everything you imbibe. Yes, everything.
Henceforth, when you eat crap all day and drink copious amounts of booze, your liver gets overworked and can no longer process out all the toxicity in your system.
Remember that the body needs a varied diet to get all the vitamins and minerals it needs and if you don’t get those, your body cannot cope.
Just ask the kid who went blind from eating a diet of just chips how important vitamins are.
Beetroot is also excellent for counteracting shitty diets because it contains a blast of nutrients all in one, being full of magnesium, iron, and vitamin C.
This means it can work wonders for dry skin damaged by years of excess, improve wiry hair, and sort out those cholesterol levels.
It has even been linked with increased stamina.
Ways to imbibe beetroot: Next time you’re making a nice juicy bit of steak or a fresh slice of salmon, make a salad to go with and slice on some fresh, organic (not the jarred, pickled stuff) beetroot over the top.
Lemons could well be the king of all detox fruits.
Full of zingy, natural goodness (although remember, everything in moderation, even too much of that zing can leave you with a sting) lemons are a famous antioxidant.
However, lemons go one step further in their abilities in that they also inspire an ‘alkaline’ effect in your body.
‘What does alkaline mean?’ I hear you ask… Well, alkaline essentially means ‘un-acidic’ and an alkaline diet is, therefore, a diet that minimizes acid in the body.
The amount of acid in a given body is known as the ‘pH level’, and lemons are masters at restoring this to homeostasis.
So, after years of poor eating, boozing, or if you just want to give your body some love after wandering around in our mind-numbing pollution-packed cities, get on those lemons, lads!
Ways to imbibe lemons: Whack on the kettle and cutout that caffeine by replacing nervous-system shocking coffee with the natural curing capability of lemons.
If anything needs to be at the core of your diet, it should be the classic leafy greens, that means broccoli, kale, lettuce, and of course, spinach.
All of these foods are packed with antioxidants, as well as a raft of minerals, vitamins, nitrates, and fibre.
The reason why I put spinach in here, however, is that it’s cheap, easy to prepare (you want to eat it raw) and easy to mix with lots of other ingredients.
Spinach is especially good for counteracting years of eating fried foods and also for mitigating the effects of smoking.
This is because spinach is capable of easing the passageway of the blood vessels, thereby reducing tension on the heart and leading to optimal metabolic health.
Because of this, spinach has become the go-to food for cardiovascular and heart health.
Ways to imbibe spinach: Instead of using lettuce when you make a salad, make a switch with the much more nutrient-rich spinach. As a rule, you want to try and have a salad a day.
5. Steak (Hear me out…)
Right, firstly, I know steak isn’t exactly a ‘detoxing’ food, but there is a method to my madness.
Remember that this list of The Top 5 Detox Foods for Recovering Men is for guys who have mangled themselves up a bit.
Therefore, I’m thinking of those of us who drank a lot of booze repeatedly, thereby plundering our B12 resources.
B12 gets a lot of headlines these days as a core nutrient that’s only really found in high quantities in meat.
In fact, this is why many vegetarians and vegans who aren’t paying attention to their diets can become anemic (a state in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissue).
Famously, anemia results in grey skin and exhaustion.
Interestingly enough, this is also what many heavy drinkers suffer from as alcohol is savage in destroying your B12 stores.
So, a recovering man needs steak as beef is PACKED with B12 which helps your body form new red blood cells, maintain brain function and start several biological processes involving metabolism and hormone production (including testosterone).
Talking of testosterone, a recovering man needs to be hitting the gym and getting after it and steak is a great way to fuel that testosterone, as well as provide a healthy, nutritious meal that will help you pile on the muscle after working out.
I hope you enjoyed this list and got a great deal from it, more importantly, I hope you get some of these foods in your diet and start bringing you body, mind and soul to health.
Remember, a recovering man needs to wise-up physically, spiritually, culturally and emotionally – diet is a central part of that, so keep doing your research.
And an honorary mention…
In recent months I’ve been experimenting a lot with spices and I’ve found turmeric to be an excellent – as well as underrated – option.
The health benefits of turmeric are endless, from aiding your immune system, to helping you shed excess weight, to being a cleanser for your liver, turmeric does all that and more.
Furthermore, it’s so easy to add to meals – simply whack a teaspoon’s worth in a stir-fry and you’re set for the day.
Turmeric is a highly recommended addition to anyone’s diet.
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