10 Foods That Detox The Body

When it comes to detoxing your body, there are many techniques you can follow and supplements you can take. One plan in particular is to eat detoxifying foods. Here is a list of detox foods that are a great addition to everybody’s diet.

1. Fruits

Fruits are high in liquid-content which helps the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber, and important vitamins.

2. Green Foods

Fill your refrigerator with blue green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula, or other organic leafy greens. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract.

Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from toxic metals, herbicides, cleaning products and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.

3. Lemons, Oranges, and Limes

Citrus fruit aids the body by flushing out toxins and jump-starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice supports the liver in its cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

Remember, vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin c foods often to help get more of these benefits.

4. Garlic

Detox Foods Garlic

This pungent little bulb is one of the best detoxing foods out there. It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system. I recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as this will help any detox diet.

5. Broccoli Sprouts

Extremely high in antioxidants, the ability for broccoli sprouts to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract is unparalleled. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable.

6. Green Tea

Packed full of antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.

7. Mung Beans

The mighty mung bean has been used by Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years. It is incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxic residue from the intestinal walls.

8. Raw Vegetables

Best juiced or eaten raw: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.

9. Seeds and Nuts

Walnuts

Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds are all excellent options. While detoxing, avoid nut butters.

10. Omega-3 Oils

Use hemp, avocado, olive, or flax seed oil while detoxing. This will help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.

Performing a periodic body cleanse may also be beneficial. I also recommend following my Body Cleanse Diet. Do you have any suggestions for foods that detox the body? If so, please drop them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • ghc_health

    Dr. Chapman,
    Thank you for your post! I just want to clarify that lemon is considered a citrus which at the same time is alkalizing to the body, it seemed that there was some confusion with this fact.

    I have to say I am not familiar with your work so I must apologize as I was unable to find any information about you. However, I
    havent suggested any specific diet in this article, and I can understand suggesting a diet that is more personal for each individual, this can be beneficial. What I tend to find is that most people that we work with generally do not follow any specific diet at all, I suggest a more raw and organic diet to my clients as this tends to help both in the process of detoxification and provides many other positive aspects to over all health. We have found wonderful results with most individuals when following this suggestion. I hope that this better clarifies the standpoint we have at the Global Healing Center, however, if you find that you have any other questions please feel free to contact GHC and we will be more than happy to help you.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • ghc_health

    Chris,
    Thank you for your post! In my experience a complete cleanse of the system can help in eliminating toxic medications from the body. If you find that you have any questions in regards to this process please contact Global Healing Center and we will be more than happy to help you.

    Thank you for your post, take care and be well!

  • ghc_health

    Anastasia,
    Thank you for your post! We do not suggest embarking into a full blown cleanse when breast feeding as many toxins in the body can be kicked up and relayed to the child through the breast milk. It would ideally be the best choice to wait until weaning from breast feeding before considering a flush. Like Caitlin has suggested, eating healthy foods are likely the best thing you can do for yourself and for baby, eating more raw and organic fruits and vegetables would be ideal in this regard.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • Hemlata @ indiamarks.com

    Many people got the result like improved energy, clearer skin, improved digestion after a detox diet. Thanks for sharing such a great information.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2220136 Ari Vinograd

    The benefit of Omega3′s are also that they curb cravings. What is your take on celery?
    - Ari Vinograd, http://www.bodypure.com

  • Sylvia

    I’ve found a great way to detox plus it’s GREAT for weight loss at the same time. It’s very simple, especially if you don’t always have fresh fruit or it goes bad as mine often does when I’m travelling and away from home. Check it out at http://via.detoxsuperfruits.com

  • hem_sphere

    Sorry to counter you but the way Muslims fast during Ramzan is not the right way. You guys fast from dawn to dusk and stay up the whole night eating continuously, esp meat. This just puts additional pressure on the digestive system as opposed to a normal human being who eats 3 meals with sufficient time between each.

    Your fasting , though, is a good way to build up will power.

  • jemma

    im skinny 17 and you were apart of my journey,,, thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.reed.923 Donna Reed

    I took the test and it said DANGER ! I had my gallbladder out in 1997 so is there something you can take only for the liver detox ? I am starting to juice when I get more money. I have the juicer and “Healing the Gerson Way” already . Thank you for your time.

  • doubtful

    Just curious if any of this stuff has been tested as in SCIENCE or are all these methods simply someone’s BELIEF that it works? I am open to anything that works but where is the DATA?

  • Ajay

    I just don’t get the concept of fasting for a month…

  • jenjen

    It’s out there, but you have to search for it, because the medical society doesn’t want you to know about it. They will lose business if people learn how to “cure” themselves! This is the way “doctors” used to treat people, but when drugs started being made, the medical society started speaking out against natural remedies and because they were wealthy they lobbied against it, and got certain laws passed for their own benefit. I read that doctors only get about 12 hours of nutritional training! They don’t even know how food affects the body. They only learn how to diagnose and prescribe drugs, and perform surgery. We need doctors for certain things, but they have gone too far in the practice of medicine. Medicine only offers temporary solutions. A proper diet offers more lasting solutions. I’ve seen quite a bit of success in other people who have used natural remedies, from acne to diabetes, to ADHD/ADD, to high cholesterol, to heart disease, to high blood pressure, and many others! It really does work! But, you can’t just try it here and there, it has to be a lifestyle. Medicines treat the symptoms quickly, but the problem remains. Diet treats the problem, but takes a few months for the body to heal. But, once you are healthy, and you continue to eat a proper diet, you are more likely to stay well.

  • dr mukhtar

    any naturally occuring pigments are deoxidants.the red color of tomato or the yellow color of Circumin.your article is very informative

  • No more conspiracies

    Yes, you’re right. The medical establishment is hiding information from us so they can profit.
    Yeah, the doctors in the US aren’t actually turning away patients because they have TOO many, so they want to create more sick people that they don’t have time to see and NOT bill for their services!
    That’s also why you’re doctor tells you every time you visit to eat healthier , exercise more, and loose weight- so he can hide the “real” way to be healthy from you! Dumb ass!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PetDreams.dk Paula Jota Pedersen

    I drink detox juices daily. I put two tablespoons of flaxseed in water for 8 hours, and then add the flaxseed (with the water) with the juice of half a lime, some cucumber, 1 teaspoon of honey, some water and a few slices of red beet into a blender, and drink it right after. My digestive system has been working great since I started drinking these juices daily.
    One tip I have been following is to drink this on an empty stomach, and wait 30 minutes after drinking to consume any other food. The reason is that the flaxseed after been in water becomes a “live food”, and should not be mixed with cooked food.

  • Roddy

    You both have relevant points but it seems that most patients want an immediate fix and so ask for meds. Eating healthy, researching and exercising is WAY too much work for the average person. Keyword: average.

  • Holly

    I’m curious, why would it be important to avoid nut butters while detoxing? I make my own nut butters, so there are no hydrogentated oils or additives, preservatives, sugars, etc. They also often contain the nuts and seeds that you are recommending.

  • ghc_health

    Anastasia,
    Thank you for visiting the blog! We do not suggest cleansing for expectant or nursing moms, the toxins that are kicked up in the process could relay to the baby in the womb or through breast milk.

    It may be best to wait until after breast feeding before considering a full blow cleanse. It may also be wise to seek out the help of a reputable Naturopath in your area to help you.

    Thank you for your post, take care and be well!

  • kay

    Actually, it is a good way. Research shows no problems arising as a result of them and they only eat after sunset, not during the night time. In fact, they are advised to sleep during the night time and wake up early to restore the body’s natural clock. The dates give the body an instant hit of much needed calories and sugar and the water gives it the much needed hydration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elsa.marroquin.182 Elsa Marroquin

    Doctors are just people who were educated in universities whose curriculum’s are highly influenced by their highest financial contributors, yes, we’re talking about the pharmaceutical companies. They are the ones that benefit from more sick people than a doctor could possibly see in a day. And some medical professionals are dishonest believe it or not! At age 21 in 1995 I had my first episode of eczema (dry itchy skin patches caused by an allergic reaction to some unknown, I was told back then). I went to a Beverly Hills dermatologist who gave me 2 types of cortisone prescriptions that would last me less than 6 months. For the next 10 years I went to him for an office visit every year. My eczema got worse over time. Finally one day I read 3 pages on eczema in a health book issues and solutions type that told me to avoid eating eczema trigger foods: wheat products, soy products, and dairy. That just seemed too simple. So I tried limiting the bread and gave up soy completely, but kept the dairy. My eczema cleared up in less than several weeks. Unbelievable! next time a went to dermatologist to get a little mole from my arm I told him about eczema solution and he paused, looked like he was in trouble, he quickly regained composure and said “oh, yes, of course”. I said: you knew this and why didn’t you ever mentioned it in the last 10 years you’ve been treating me????? He said that it is common knowledge so he figured I knew it. Obviously, I didn’t since I kept coming back each year for stronger cortisone prescription and bigger rashes. I think he was being dishonest in order to get more kickback from pharmaceutical manufacturer of cortisone. But maybe I am wrong and he is a nice guy who just thought I already knew the simple answer to cure my eczema.

  • J

    Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems. God Bless.

  • Nicole

    I can help with the ulcers. My father used to have bleeding ulcers in the 70′s and my mother was told to juice some cabbage in a blender for at lease 7 days. It is the worst smell in the world but his ulcers disappeared never to return until this very day and as far as all your other problems, I have a feeling if you just add 15 drops of silica to the cabbage, it should help with everything else and then take silica everyday anyway with a fruit smoothie. Don’t worry, it has no taste.

  • Mary Mclocke

    Is there any redness on your lower legs? I was just diagnosed with cellulitis. I have to take antibiotics and wear a compression stocking. I know this place is all natural, but since you can develop blood clots and cellulitis can make you ill, you really need to check it out for your health’s sake. I recently started juicing with the help of my daughter, and I found that juicing 6 carrots with 2 stalks of celery, an apple, and a 3 inch piece of raw ginger is not only delicious but it cleans out your system and it has helped in lessening the swelling, strange but true. My doctor also has me on 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. I found the recipe in the little book that came with my juicer. If you don’t have one, it’s an excellent investment. There’s lots of info online, and recipes too. You don’t move on to green vegetables right away, and some juicers cannot handle them, but the carrots and fruits alone, I already feel a wonderful difference. Take some time for yourself and do some research online. That’s how I ended up finding this site! Then I ask my doctors about my findings and take it from there as I do have a Vitamin D deficiency.

  • Mary Mclocke

    I know little about fasting as of yet, but I’m concerned and I do need to ask: NO water either? Dehydration is as dangerous as it is uncomfortable. I can’t help but to question that part of it. I have done fasting (not much as I am disabled) but I do still make sure to stay hydrated. It’s such an important part of life regardless of diet.

  • Mary Mclocke

    Yes and no..being disabled with extreme pain from Spinal Stenosis, a milder but painful form of MS and more, I take what they give me, I knew nothing. It’s only recently that my older daughter has been helping me with juicing and vitamins, etc. I do feel better and perhaps one day to do without the meds, but not all of us want an instant fix. With some illnesses already in our bodies knowing nothing about these things when we were younger, we don’t always know better, we just want the severe pain to STOP. I know about healthy eating, but that doesn’t always prevent illnesses that are hereditary. Like everything else, everyone has a story. Don’t be so quick to blame all as there is a difference between learning earlier and seeking all the info you can, and learning later in life and having the internet to learn as much as you can as far as what’s BEST for you. Take care!

  • Mary Mclocke

    Isn’t it wonderful to happen upon such an excellent website by accident? That’s the same way I found this site! I’ve sure bookmarked to come back OFTEN! The little joys of the internet! (How were the cupcakes by the way? Where’d you find the recipe? thanks!) Take care!

  • Mary Mclocke

    What’s evoo? I’d like to try that one I move to juicing the green vegetables and I love garlic. My daughter also juices kale all the time so I want to tell her about this as she hates the taste. Thanks so much!

  • Mary Mclocke

    Jesus does indeed help through prayer and more to “solve our problems”, but He doesn’t object to us doing what we can on our own to help along the process. That means eating right and making sure we have the nutrients needed to have a good, healthy life. Our Spiritual health is just as important so Bible reading and prayer should be at the top of any believer’s list, but Jesus also does want for us to take good care of this body we’re given that’s the temple for our soul. When one is ill, reading healing Scripture is great, but we also have to do whatever else we can to help it along. We don’t say, “Okay Jesus, fix this, this and this” and it’s automatic. Besides a strong, childlike faith that keeps us at rest, mind and body, while waiting upon Him, we also do what we can to help ourselves while praising Him and giving Him all the Glory. I hope you understand that. Be blessed!

  • Mary Mclocke

    I’m not Dr Axe, but there is a lot about God you are not understanding. There are some (not enough) people In Missions feeding hungry children, but they certainly cannot afford these things. God’s plan is for those who have to share with those without. If a person knowledgeable about this health information had money or large enough donations from the wealthy to apply it to these hungry children/world hunger, that would be the fulfillment of God’s plan to all to receive what they need. We don’t, however, live in such a world. What I am telling you is God’s plan for mankind, but those who have are not sharing with those who have not thus we have these problems. DON’T blame God. Read the Bible and you’ll see the very plan revealed to you. God doesn’t have a problem with people being rich – it’s their not sharing with the needy He has a problem with. Thus all the Scripture about how hard it is for a rich man to get into Heaven.

  • Mom

    I find it offensive for you to mention doing a fast the Islamic way!!! We don’t need to imitate nothing these terrorists countries do!!!

  • Knightkat

    Does any know what is safe to take while breast feeding ?

  • Noma

    Hi, also drink fresh aloe vera it does wonders…………….. though bitter

  • noma

    try soaking your feet in warm water with coarse salt and drink warm water with a pinch of soda in 1/4 a cup.. just try it worked for me, also cut down on carbohydrates, red meat and fat

  • kevin

    would a christian be offended if you said the christian way? That’s what’s with this country.

  • kevin

    you just assumed staz was being offensive.

  • bin alawy

    Bro you know about fasting or are you just talking

  • bin alawy

    Please sister don’t taint Muslims we are all here trying to find medical expertise not calling names please leave and find yourself a place where you can spit out what you think besides just for your information all weapons are made by you people

  • hem_sphere

    You seem a bit bitter. Is it that you are a doctor and you’re red hot with rage ‘cos you stand exposed.

    Jenjen (above) is free to air his views and so are you, maintain civility is all.

  • muslima-n-proud

    hi :) it does sound hard to fast but once you get used to it, it gets easier, about the water, well we eat dates witch have all the vitamins and minerals we need. one of them is POTASSIUM which is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.’ V. H. W. Dowson, a recognised expert in this field, says that one grain of date and a glass of milk are enough to meet all of a person’s daily nutritional requirements.’

    i hope this helps :)

  • muslima-n-proud

    hello,i am really hurt that you think that all muslims are terrorist, i am a Muslim and am against them. i know my comment wont change the way you view ‘us’ but i would like to clarify one thing, muslims are not perfect islam is’

    i really hope you read about our religion and no not from the news or anyone so you know that not all of us are terorists.

    peace :)

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  • Bud

    Do u have to bring up terrorist in to this convo this is bat fasting ik I’m late but had to be said God loves us all

  • Tracy

    I’m with you on the mung beans!

  • Mary Mclocke

    I wish I had seen this sooner, especially since I have had low potassium and I am soo sick of bananas! You’d think a doctor would tell me this. I’ll be shopping for some tomorrow, and I thank you so much for the advice. MUCH appreciated! Take care!

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