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Sunday, April 29, 2012

10 Detox Foods

Need to do a little "spring cleaning"? Now is the perfect time to flush your system of the indulgences of the last few months so you can feel vibrant and alive during this beautiful spring season.

Of course one of the best ways to detoxify your body is by sweating and twisting it out in Bikram yoga. But eating clean and adding detoxifying foods to your diet in addition to practicing Bikram yoga could really give your body a fresh new start.

Here are 10 healthy foods by Michele Foley from FitSugar. In addition to cutting out alcohol and refined sugar, including these 10 healthy foods with natural cleansing properties are a great way to detoxify your body.


Think beyond delicate tea sandwiches and throw some peppery watercress into your next salad. It keeps free radicals away from your cells, helps energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, and is a natural diuretic.

Lemon Water

Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is known to help the body detox and burn fat. Dr. Frank Lipman recommends drinking water with lemon every morning as a way to alkalize the body and help with digestion. 


Dark Leafy Greens

There's a ton of ways to get leafy greens into your diet — eat them raw, throw into a broth, add them to juices, or sauté them with a touch of olive oil. Leafy greens boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract, which helps the body get rid of environmental toxins like smog and herbicides.

Fresh Fruit

The one thing I am eating a lot of right now is fruit; full of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and just about any other good thing you can name. After filling your body up with butter and booze over the holidays, I can't think of a better way to make amends than with a big ol' fruit bowl.



Not only is cabbage is eaten in many cultures for luck and prosperity around the New Year, it's also known for its liver cleansing properties. Mix cabbage, apples, and caraway for a crisp treat for your palate and your liver.



Numerous studies show that artichokes promote healthy liver and gallbladder function. They're also loaded with cynarin, which helps increase bile production, prevents indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion. If you're looking for a natural detox food, artichokes are a major winner.

When I was having issues with my gallbladder, my doctor told me to load up on beets. Fiber in beets help increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which help the liver and gallbladder eliminate bile and other toxic substances from the body.


Ginger and Garlic

Ginger and garlic are good friends to the liver because they help it get rid of free radicals that are built up in the body. Make yourself a healthy stir-fry and don't be shy to season it with these two liver-loving foods.


Green Tea

You definitely want to be drinking a lot of liquids right now, and green tea is a great choice. It's high in catechins — a flavonoid — which speeds up liver activity and increases the production of detoxification enzymes.


Whole Grains

Choosing whole grains over refined grains should be a part of any diet — detox or not. Besides being full of nutrients and antioxidants, they're incredibly high in insoluble fiber, which helps keep you regular. If you're trying to flush the body of toxins, the last thing you need is to be bloated or constipated.