Five Foods to Detox With

Summers are a good time to get the body clean.  In the summer, there is access to a great variety of fruits and vegetables.  Try to buy locally grown and when possible organic produce.  Wellness by Nature teaches how to properly wash vegetables and gives recipes in our free e-book.  Always speak with your doctor and share with others.  We are giving you a listing of vegetables that can help you detox your body.  If you want to lose weight, this is a great starting point.

  1. Spinach: this leafy and a little savory vegetable is a powerhouse of goodness.   I use spinach as a main ingredient when juicing.   You can add this versatile green to pasta, soup, tuna salad to add extra nutrition to your dishes.  Spinach contains lutein, antioxidants, vitamin K, carotene’s, vitamin C, and folic acid.  It does wonders for your large intestine, stomach and liver, and vision.

Cooking points:

  • Do not overcook spinach as it will lose flavor and power
  • Wash well as most spinach grows in sandy soils
  • Buy organic as it is susceptible to pesticides
  • Use in juicing, add to a salad, make a main dish with it

Simple spinach recipe: cook a cup of pasta, rinse and set aside.  On a frying pan heat up a teaspoon of olive oil, add two chopped cloves of garlic, half teaspoon oregano, and cook at medium heat until garlic is light brown, add 2 cups of spinach and ¼ of white pepper,  remove from heat; add your pasta and salt to taste; garnish with fresh parsley –delicious

  1. Broccoli: this is one of my favorite vegetables since I learned that it strengthens your gums.  Part of my quest for health began when I was having gum issues.  I recently learned broccoli originated in Italy! my favorite country!  This beautiful vegetable is a powerful inside cleanser and full of vitamin C, A, K, E, calcium and selenium.  It works beautifully in your gums, eyes, liver, stomach, and bladder.  This wonder is an anticancer, antiviral, and antibacterial.

Cooking points

  • Do not overcook broccoli as it will lose flavor and power
  • Wash well and buy organic as it is susceptible to pesticides
  • When juicing, use only 1 steam as it is hard to digest at the beginning of a juicing process
  • When making salads, cut in small pieces to facilitate digestion

Simple broccoli recipe: in a pan add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, ½ teaspoon of Italian spices, 2 tablespoons of onions and cook for a couple minutes; add 1/3 cup of broth and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce; when about to boil add 1 cup of chopped broccoli, stir, cook for a couple minutes and remove form stove – tasty!


  1. Beets: the Romans of the ancient days consumed beets like we do lemonade.  Be mindful that beets contain suga,r but it is all natural sugar.  They are a good source of folic acid, Calcium, iron, vitamin K and A.  Beets are excellent helpers to the wellbeing of our bodies.  They aid in the circulation process, purify the blood, and have powerful anticancer properties.

Cooking points

  • Do not overcook beets as they will lose flavor and power – cook with skin on. 
  • Wash well and buy organic as it is susceptible to pesticides
  • When juicing one small beet will be sufficient
  • Add lemon to brighten the color

Simple beet recipe: boil and cut up to beets in small pieces; mix 1 teaspoon of cilantro, ½ teaspoon of jalapenos peppers, juice from ½ of a lime, 1 tablespoon of onions and mix with chopped beets, add salt to taste and enjoy

  1. Avocados: this wonderful vegetable is a cousin of cinnamon!  It is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B, and fiber.  It is also helpful for people who would like to gain weight.  It helps the functions of the intestines, lung, and liver.

Cooking points:

  • Buy fresh in the local stores
  • Ripe is very good for sauces, touch the skin for firmness as this is the best way to feel how ripe it might be
  • Add to salads and soup for a nice garnishing and very nutritious
  • Avoid avocados full of black blemishes on the outside, as it might be bad inside.

Simple avocado recipe: this is a favorite snack of mine.  Buy some organic salsa and dark wheat tortilla.  Peel and cut an avocado in slices.  Heat up the tortillas and place couple of slices of avocado in the center, top with salsa (drained liquid) and eat!

  1. Bok-Choy: this wonderful vegetable sometimes takes a back seat in  American kitchens, but the Asians worship it!  I love it because it has a nice and easy flavor and it has the power to remove water, toxins, and mucus.  It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, beta carotene, and calcium.  It helps the functions of the respiratory system and clean intestines.

Cooking points

  • Bok- Choy is like lettuce and requires you to wash each leaf individually – it likes tender care!
  • Make sure it looks crisp
  • If stored make sure to dry off before placing in bags or container
  • You can add to any dish including juices

Simple recipe: Add two cups of broth to a saucepan; chop ½ of a bok-choy, 2 cloves of garlic, and two green onions; when the broth boils, turn off and add the chopped ingredients; add a teaspoons of soy sauce and crushed peppers to spicy it up if preferred – this is one of my favorite comfort food and healthy!!

In conclusion, if you want your body to be in a “clean condition: cook or juice some vegetables.  We have given you at least five that can help you to start today!  Be well and send us an e-mail.

Learn more:

Wellness by Nature and Precious Vegetables

And some more:

Wellness by Nature and WASH veggies well

A quote from my HEART to you

“As I write I think of you…your health and well-being matters to me and it should matter to you – take action and be well as life is worth it!”

With much love,


Candelaria Brown

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Candelaria Brown

I'm no doctor, but I love sharing from my vast knowledge on the power of foods and techniques that help you vastly improve your life in areas like physical health, sickness prevention, and emotional and spiritual balance. Read more about me...

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