The 40-day period of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, represents the time Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness enduring temptation and preparing to start His ministry.
As Catholics, the Lenten period is a time of fasting, repentance and making preparations for Easter. It is also a period to reflect and focus on deepening our relationship with God through sacrifices (giving up those things that we love). We generally try to live a healthier lifestyle and there are many foods that we can incorporate into our Lenten diet.
This Lent, be sure to try the following:
* Use lots of garlic—Garlic is rich in sulphur which rids the body of toxins including harmful bacteria and parasites. Using garlic in teas can stimulate the liver to produce enzymes that help filter the blood. Consumption of fresh garlic in small amounts also builds your immune system.
* Incorporate turmeric—From our last article (February 24), we are all aware of the wonderful benefits that turmeric offers. To summarise, turmeric can protect the liver from toxins and has high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
* Switch to watercress—The bitter, spicy unique taste of watercress makes it unpopular. However, it is very low in calories and contains a vast array of nutrients. Studies show that watercress is high in antioxidants, contains compounds that prevent cancer, improves heart health, lowers cholesterol and is the perfect leafy green for detoxification.
* Add in the extra herbs—Parsley, basil, sage, bay leaf, chive, thyme and rosemary are all excellent sources of fibre and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
* Don’t forget the citrus—Lemons are always our go-to citrus since they are high in vitamin C and help flush out the body of toxins.
It is very important for us to drink lots of water during our fasting period to keep hydrated. Try infused water (lemon, herbs, turmeric) as a method of getting your detox started.