If you’re hoping to embark on a natural detox that doesn’t involve washing down kale chips and grapefruit with lemon water or wheatgrass smoothies, you’re in luck. Plenty of deliciously satisfying foods have surprising detox-friendly properties that will help you boost your energy levels and cleanse your body at the same time.
Working just a few of these nutritional powerhouses into your regular diet is a better bet than starving your body with extreme detox regimens that can do more harm than good. The best part? There are no special diet books or trips to the health food store required. All of these tasty foods can be found at your local grocery store.
So get ready to say goodbye, cabbage soup, and hello, cinnamon apples!
Yes, you read that right. These tasty treats are packed with selenium, which is key to flushing mercury out of your body. However, watch your intake. You don't want to have <a href="http://www.sparklewell.com.au/2011/12/brazil-nuts-madness/" target="_blank">too much mercury in your system,</a> as the folks at Sparkle Wellness & Detox point out.
Replace boring old raisins with nutrient-dense Goji berries to boost your vitamin C and beta-carotene intake. Vitamin C can help remove waste from your body, while beta-carotene improves liver performance.
Sneak some seaweed into your smoothies to help cleanse your body of lead, cadmium and the radioactive chemical strontium. As an added bonus, seaweed is full of iodine, which is a natural metabolism-booster.
This ubiquitous kitchen staple is as healthy as it is tasty. It’s brimming with sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver. Raw onions deliver the most health benefits, so whip up a batch of tasty bruschetta with dinner tonight.
Eat these seeds on their own or enjoy them in a tasty tahini sauce to help protect your liver from alcohol and other toxins.
This brightly coloured root vegetable is a great source of betacyanin, which has <a href="http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/health/features/beets-health-benefits.html" target="_blank">cancer-fighting properties</a>. Plus, it’s full of magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium to help flush out toxins.
Who knew the Caprese salad’s star ingredient was such a nutritional powerhouse? Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants to protect the liver.
Kick your natural detox process into high gear by adding ginger to your diet. It spikes your metabolism and flushes out waste. Plus, a recent Columbia University study found that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538118" target="_blank">eating more ginger just might keep your appetite in check.</a>
This tropical delight contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps cleanse your colon and improve digestion.
Bring on the guac! This creamy Mexican staple does a great job of cleansing your colon, thanks to its bounty of insoluble and soluble fibre.
These are chock full of silymarin, an antioxidant that helps your liver process toxins, and cynarin, an acid that supports your liver’s ability to break down fatty foods.
Rev your metabolism with a dash of delicious cinnamon. It makes everything taste better, plus it’s full of iron, calcium and manganese. The World’s Healthiest Foods points out that <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=77" target="_blank">manganese is great for helping your body process fatty acids and keep blood sugar levels stable. </a>
Everybody knows apples are good for you (they do keep the doctor away, after all). But did you know that they’re also a detox superstar? They’re nutrient-rich, plus they contain pectin, a soluble fibre that helps remove food additives and metals from your system.
If you’re going through Twizzlers-withdrawal, chomping on some fennel might help. It’s a root vegetable that tastes like licorice, and it’s packed with dietary fibre that will help you flush out toxins and boost digestion.
Those pretty green leaves don’t just make your plate look great. Parsley boasts plenty of beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and K to protect your kidneys and bladder.
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