Sure there are “fat-blasting” supplements, cleanses, and fasting but how about detoxing your body in a healthy, nutritious way? Whether it was a summer of a little too much fun or you just want to feel good and look great to head into the new season here are 10 foods that help you detox and cleanse your body in a healthy, nutritious way!
1. Kale, Arugula, Collard Greens, and Other Leafy Greens
No surprise here, leafy greens like kale, arugula, and collard greens are rich in ton of vitamins including vitamins C and K. Kale contains sulforaphane, which has anti-cancer properties, as well as indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that increases DNA cell repair. These leafy greens are also able to help bind bile acid thanks to a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants. This helps bile acid from being reabsorbed into our systems. From juices and smoothies to delicious salads, there are endless ways to enjoy leafy greens!
Artichokes aren’t just delicious they’re also great for detoxing. They contain a phenylpropanoid called caffeoylquinic acid which acts as an antioxidant and antibacterial. The low-calorie treat is high in fiber and protein and helps to cleanse the liver thanks to an antioxidant silymarin, a flavinoid the helps the liver eliminate toxins. Enjoy them stuffed with black bean salsa, get the recipe here!
Not just for baking, cinnamon has powerful detoxing qualities. The spice decreases inflammation, helps control blood sugar, and is a serious antioxidant, plus I think we can all agree it makes just about everything taste better! We love sprinkling a little in our morning cup of coffee and of course in our favorite workout smoothie, recipe here!
I personally believe beets are nature’s candy! They are sweet and delicious and oh so good for you! They contain betalain, a color pigment that is a super powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial which stimulates the liver and helps to naturally detox toxins from your body! Great in a salad or juiced with a little carrot, apple, and ginger root!
Speaking of ginger, this is another great detoxing ingredient. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory which helps to stimulate a speedy and comfortable digestion. Try this Ginger-Tamarind Cooler for a delicious way to get your dose of detox!
Packed with fiber and antioxidants blueberries are a delicious way to detox. Blueberries contain a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins which help our bodies rid themselves of toxins. Keep them on hand, fresh or frozen, for a great mid-day snack!
Cabbage is high in glucosinolates that are converted to cancer-preventing compounds. For detox, they are packed with fiber that binds together bile acid which makes it easier to eliminate. Forget boring cabbage soup – chop up red cabbage in a bok choy wrap or use on top of my very favorite fish taco recipe!
Yogurt has calcium, protein, and probiotics – a healthy bacteria that helps get everything in your digestive system moving well. Make your own, without a yogurt maker, with this great recipe! Lactose-intolerant? Vegan? Try Proviotic, juice press’ 100% vegan probiotic supplement, free of lactose, gluten, and soy, sourced from the European Snowdrop flower. Get yours ($40) here.
Sure you may need a breath mint after a detoxing dose of garlic but the cleansing power of a few cloves is worth it! Garlic is rich in the mineral sulfur which helps remove toxins from the body. It’s also been known to help with high blood pressure and cholesterol. Try this Caramelized Three-Onion Soup with Garlic & Herb Toasted Crostini, perfect for the upcoming cooler weather.
Dandelion root and greens are great for detoxing the liver as they act as a diuretic, which is why it’s also great when you’re feeling bloated! Learn more about dandelion greens and get a delish recipe here!
Okay, maybe it’s not a food, which is why its number 11 on a list of 10, but the best, healthiest way to detox, cleanse the liver and promote your body to rid itself of toxins? Drinks lots and lots of water! It will flush your system and it’s necessary for optimal health.
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