Does your body feel like it’s craving a reboot? It may be time to cleanse some impurities from your system. Your body feels its best when it’s functioning at 100%. To help it get there, you can eat certain detox foods that flush out impurities and prime your system to better absorb vitamins and nutrients. To eliminate toxins and give your body a fresh start, try these 9 detox foods.
Typically found in the occasional salad, beets are a detox staple that most of us could do well to eat more of. Beets improve digestion, helping make sure all the toxins in your body actually make it all the way out. Beets contain dietary nitrates, which help your body open its blood vessels, absorbing more oxygen and delivering it to the areas where it’s needed most.
The healing properties of the ginger root date back to ancient China, where it was used for everything from soothing burns to aiding with indigestion. Chewing on some ginger or sipping on ginger tea will help relax your digestive tract and cleanse toxins from your stomach. You can also try boiling ginger in some hot water for flavor, as water is an integral part of any cleanse.
3. Lemons/lemon water
Lemon mixed with water and cayenne pepper is a popular cleanse recipe to flush toxins from your system. Lemon helps your bowels to eliminate waste more efficiently and contains acid similar to the stomach’s natural acid, which aids in digesting and passing food from your system.
There’s a reason grapefruit makes it onto nearly every “superfood” list; its nutrient-rich juices pack a one-two punch for detoxing and enriching your body. Grapefruit kick starts the liver to do its job of filtering toxins from your body while also burning fat.
Watercress, as you could probably guess, has a high water content, which is optimal for helping the body flush out toxins. It also helps shield your cells from damaging free radicals and mobilizes your liver’s cleansing enzymes. Try it as part of a garden salad or slice it up and mix it in as a topping on your favorite cold sandwich.
Cabbage contains isothiocyanates, which promote the elimination of carcinogens from the body. It’s super low in calories, which is a bonus if you’re watching your waistline as you detox. One thing to note—cabbage’s active compounds are broken down by heat, so eat it raw on salads or in smoothies to reap its detoxifying benefits.
Not only is pineapple delicious and refreshing, it contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which cleans out your colon and aids in stomach function. Bromelain has been shown to reduce inflammation, which is useful for soothing an upset stomach.
Kale is such a superfood that doctors often recommend it to patients fighting kidney disease. It’s packed with fiber which will help cleanse your digestive tract, and also contains glucosinolates that aid in detoxification.
Asparagus works wonders for your liver, which is your body’s first defense against toxins. It promotes liver drainage, which ensures all the impurities captured by the liver are being flushed from the body properly.
Dr. Kim Phuong