Suffering through a liquid-only or one-food-only cleanse isn’t necessary when there are so many foods on this planet that support the organs responsible for detoxifying our body all day, every day. Here’s a list of 21 different foods you can eat that give your detox organs, like your liver, kidneys and digestive system, an extra boost – so long as you avoid toxic, inflammatory foods too!
21 Cleansing Foods To Naturally Detox Your Body
1. Green Tea & Matcha Green Tea
Green tea leaves are chuck full of antioxidants that hunt down and carry cancer-causing free radicals out of our body before they get the chance to wreak havoc. Matcha green tea is the entire green tea leaf pulverized into a powder. Since you consume the entire leaf when you drink Matcha, you consume over 100 times more antioxidants than you would from a regular cup of steeped green tea. Regardless of which option you go for, drinking green tea daily is a great way to detoxify and even prevent cancer.
Adding the tart juice from lemons to water is claimed to help your liver more effectively detox your blood and dispose of toxins that have already entered your body. Starting your day with a cup of warm water with lemon in it can give your digestive system a kickstart so that your metabolism is fired up all day long. Just be sure to remove the peels from the lemon before you soak it in your water. The peel is the protective layer that prevents toxins from reaching the fruit, so toxins can accumulate in the peel. Allowing the peel to soak in your water could result in you consuming more toxins, even though your intention is to detoxify.
You may have heard that ginger can provide relief from nausea. This is because it’s both anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, meaning it reduces inflammation and irritation while also preventing spasms – particularly in involuntary muscles like our GI track. In addition to soothing an irritated digestive system so that we can more efficiently excrete toxins in our waste, ginger is said to boost the health of our liver, especially in individuals who have developed fatty liver from excessive alcohol consumption.
These leaves, uncooked, contain a peptide that is produced and used by every single cell in the human body. This peptide, glutathione, is an incredibly important cancer-preventing antioxidant, and some health care providers believe your glutathione levels are a predictor of your mortality. Throw a cup of spinach into a daily smoothie, chomp it down in salads, dress sandwiches and wraps with it – just keep it raw and eat as much of it as you can!
5. Dandelion Greens
Be careful not to overlook the detoxifying power of these greens! Most people consider them a pesky weed, but the truth is that dandelion greens are a diuretic, making them particularly effective at reducing belly bloat. They’re also full of fiber and antioxidants, both essential to the health of our detox organs and the prevention of chronic diseases.
This citrus fruit has an incredible reputation as far as weight loss goes because it kicks your metabolism into gear and helps your liver torch fat. Initiating the removal of fat, and the toxins harbored in fat cells, makes grapefruit a superstar health food to add to your diet.
Bromelian is an enzyme known to reduce inflammation post-injury, as well as in sinuses. The enzyme is so effective at reducing swelling that it’s been turned into supplements you can buy at health food stores, but you can find it naturally in pineapple! Bromelian, combined with the fiber content of the fruit, makes pineapple incredibly effective at reducing belly bloat and supporting healthy digestion.
Another natural diuretic, this root vegetable will escort toxins right out of your body. Diuretic medications and foods help your kidneys increase urine production; the more you pee, the more opportunity your body has to remove toxins and dangerous bacteria as waste.
Not only is garlic an easy way to add flavor to your meals, it gives your immune system a major boost and lends a helping hand to your liver and colon. Keeping our digestive system working efficiently and effectively is incredibly important because the longer waste sits in our body, the more opportunity toxins have to seep back into our bloodstream and create major health problems. Eating plenty of fiber and garlic will help prevent that from happening.
10. Green Apple
An apple a day… provides the fiber we need to quickly move toxins through our intestines and out of our body… which keeps us healthy and, therefore, keeps the doctor away.
These big, crunchy leaves didn’t become a health food trend for no reason! Kale is overflowing with incredible nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that make your skin glow, and anti-inflammatory properties that rev up your kidneys to aid your natural detoxification processes.
Is your intuition telling you that your liver needs some TLC? Turmeric is a root that’s pulverized into a powder and used as a common spice in Indian curry dishes as well as to make detoxifying teas. This root is getting a ton of attention lately, with studies uncovering it’s incredible ability to fight cancer, reduce pain in individuals suffering from arthritis, and aid the liver in purifying our blood.
Being an algae, seaweed contains spirulina and chlorella, which give it it’s deep green color and a ton of health-boosting plant power. Kelp reduces inflammation, provides antioxidants and boosts your metabolism and digestive health, making your body better at burning away fat and flushing out toxins.
14. Chia Seeds
These super absorbent seeds are said to promote the production of probiotics in your gut, which are essential for optimal digestive health and eliminating bloating. In addition to balancing your gut bacteria, chia seeds also contain a ton of fiber, which will help create regular bowel movements – one of your body’s most important detoxification functions.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar
Sipping on a Tbsp of ACV mixed into a cup of water before every meal is said to speed up your metabolism, balance pH levels in the body and promote gut health. You can even used Apple Cider Vinegar to make your own vinaigrette dressing. Throw it on top of some spinach and kale for the ultimate detox meal!
This tasty veggie has a ton of health-boosting benefits, but as far as detoxing goes, it’s incredibly effective at helping our liver drain toxins out of our body and keeping them far away from our bloodstream.
Artichoke is another vegetable that helps your liver excel at it’s job to detoxify our body, and it even gives our digestive system a boost too! Eating artichoke can cause our liver to produce more bile, which is responsible for metabolizing the foods we eat so that our body can absorb nutrients from them. Not only does artichoke help our liver function better, but it helps our body get the most out of the healthy foods we’re eating.
When Mom told you that you need to eat your broccoli, she was only looking out for your best interests. These mini tree-like veggies contain chlorophyll, which will help your body identify toxins and get them ready for excretion. Just be careful not to overcook it, or broccoli can lose all of it’s nutrients, including it’s detoxification-supporting properties.
This superfood has a perfect blend of anti-oxidants and fiber to help your body both find cancer-causing toxins and carry them out in your waste. Throw it into a superfood smoothie or use it as a topping on salad to create the perfect detox-promoting meal.
This superfood contains far more chlorophyll than broccoli, and can neutralize toxins in the body before they cause any harm. Along with countless other health and anti-aging benefits, wheatgrass aids digestion and boosts energy, which is refreshing when so many people believe that in order to effectively detox they can’t eat, and therefore have to deal with feeling zapped of energy until they’re finished with a cleanse.
Water is last on the list because it may be the most obvious… but it’s on the list because it’s easily the most underestimated tool for detoxing. Water is essential for survival for a reason. Hydration is the key to cell health, which makes it critical to the function of all of our organs, including our kidneys, liver and digestive system. 8 glasses a day isn’t really a suggestion – it’s required in order for your body to naturally detoxify itself as efficiently and effectively as possible.