10 Foods That Detox the Body

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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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 10 detox foods that are a great addition to anyone’s diet.

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1. Fruit

Fruit is high in liquid-content which helps the body wash out toxins.[1] Fruit is also easy to digest and is 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, and other organic leafy greens to give your digestive tract a detoxifying boost of chlorophyll.[2]

Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from toxic metals, herbicides, cleaning products, and pesticides.[3] 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.[4] Lemon juice supports the liver and kidneys in their cleansing processes.[5] To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

4. Garlic

Detox Foods Garlic

Garlic is one of the best detoxing foods out there. It stimulates the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that filter toxic residues from the digestive system.[6] I recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as it will help any detox diet.

5. Broccoli Sprouts

Extremely high in antioxidants, the ability for broccoli sprouts to stimulate detoxification enzymes at the cellular level is unparalleled.[7] The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable.

6. Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content. It also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.[8]

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.[9]

8. Raw Vegetables

Whether juiced or eaten raw, onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano provide a great foundation for a healthy diet. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. They are also high in naturally occurring sulfur and glutathione—sulfur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.[10, 11,12]

9. Seeds and Nuts

Walnuts

Incorporate more 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 butter with added sugar.

10. Omega-3 Oils

Use hemp, avocado, olive, or flaxseed oil while detoxing to help lubricate the intestinal walls. This allows toxins to be absorbed by the oil and eliminated by the body.[8]

Performing a Full-Body Cleanse

There is no way to completely avoid toxins. There are simply too many sources—contaminants in the food and water, junk food, stress, smog, secondhand smoke, vehicle emissions, airborne fungal spores, pesticides, pollution, etc. Maintaining a diet high in detox foods is one of the best ways to maintain overall health. However, with even the best diet, toxins creep in. I recommend performing a full body cleanse at least twice a year. You can boost your cleansing efforts by following the Body Cleanse Diet. The first step to any full body detox is a thorough colon cleanse, and Oxy-Powder® can help with that. Oxy-powder is a safe, effective, all-natural colon cleaner that uses monoatomic oxygen and magnesium to gently cleanse and detoxify your entire digestive tract. What are your favorite detox foods? Do you have a recipe to share? Have you tried an effective cleansing routine? Leave a comment below; we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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