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The gloomy weather of winter is finally disappearing and we are getting to enjoy earlier sunrises, brighter days and warmer temperatures.
This means it is time to start cutting out those winter comfort foods and looking for things that can help you to feel happier and healthier. Including detoxify ingredients in your diet can do just that.
While there are many different ingredients out there that are famed for their detoxifying values, sometimes it is the oldest and most tried-and-tested options that will really make the difference.
Fennel has been used as part of a healthy, Mediterranean diet for years and comes with a great number of benefits, including being amazing at aiding your detox.
The vegetable has a very low calorie count, which makes it perfect for low-calorie diets, especially as it has a slightly sweet liquorice flavour so it can really add depth to a meal.
As well as being incredibly low impact calorie-wise, fennel also contains a high number of antioxidants. These can help to get rid of toxins and free radicals, while some have also been found to cut down inflammation throughout the body.
On top of this, it has diuretic properties, meaning it can remove toxins through liquid and help reduce water retention, which can cause uncomfortable bloating.
You are able to eat the fennel bulb, which can be eaten raw, included in smoothies and juices or cooked - although cooking can remove some of the goodness. Alternatively, you are also able to use fennel seeds to help with stomach complaints, such as bloating and constipation.
The seeds can be chewed whole, or you can make use of them in a tea, which has similar properties and a milder taste.
Of course, many people aren't fond of the liquorice taste of fennel and prefer to opt for supplements to aid in their detox and diet. You are able to get supplements that are pure fennel, or those that contain an extract of the vegetable and other ingredients that helpful with your detox.
Our Dextoxipure cleansing capsules contain fennel and other beneficial extracts - such as ginger, garlic and rhubarb - in order to help remove pollutants and toxins from your body easily. They can be used alongside a healthy diet or as part of an April detox.