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7 Foods that Detox the Body

7 Foods that Detox the Body
Eating foods that detox your body can help kick start your metabolism and flush your body of toxins that can lead to weight gain and a host of other problems. Having a healthy liver and digestive system will improve your overall health and can have many long term benefits, and when you eat these detoxifying foods you will find that you have more energy and that your digestive health will improve. Also, if you are suffering from chronic fatigue, inflammation, or a slow metabolism these foods may be able to reduce or reverse some of those symptoms, especially if you stick to a detox diet for a long period of time like the HCG diet. Some of these foods are approved for use on the HCG diet because of how effective they are at detoxing the body, and if you eat them regularly you may also lose weight and boost your fat metabolism.

Apples are one of the best detox foods

Apples are an excellent detox and weight loss food, and they are full of nutrients and vitamins. The phytochemicals, flavonoids, antioxidants, and terpenoids in apples all assist with the detox process. One of the flavonoids in apples called phlorizin can help to detox the liver by increasing bile production. The soluble fiber in pectin can help to remove heavy metals from the body as well as chemicals and food additives. Organic apples are best for detoxifying since they are not sprayed with harmful pesticides and organic apples also have a higher level of antioxidants compared to regular apples. Apple are even used on the HCG diet as a plateau breaker or to recover from a cheat day because of how effective they are at detoxifying the body and helping to restore a normal fat metabolism.

Asparagus is an excellent detoxifying vegetable

Asparagus is one of the approved HCG diet vegetables and it happens to be one of the best foods for detoxifying the body. It has a wide range of other health benefits as well. Asparagus also happens to be one of the best anti-aging foods and it can help protect against certain forms of cancer. Asparagus helps filter out toxins from the liver, and it is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods that you can eat on a regular basis. The fibers in asparagus assist with digestion and it encourages liver drainage. It is a rich source of glutathione which is a potent antioxidant and can help protect against cancer, and it contains a higher amount of glutathione than any other food. It is also an excellent source of B vitamins and can protect the brain against cognitive decline, and the antioxidants in asparagus protect the cells against free radical damage and reverse this type of damage.

Cabbage is another great detoxifying vegetable

Cabbage is one of the best detox vegetables along with asparagus for several reasons. It has a high fiber content which helps to eliminate toxins in the digestive system. It also has a high level of glucosinolates, which are sulfur containing compounds that clean the body of toxins. Glucosinolates are converted into isothiocyanates which may help protect against certain cancers. Cabbage is also an excellent source of vitamin C which has a wide range of effects on the body including antioxidant effects. The enzyme in cabbage that converts the glucosinolates into bioactive compounds is destroyed by eat, so it is best to eat cabbage raw in salads or other recipes, or lightly steamed to retain its nutrients. Cabbage works great in a wide range of different recipes, and you can even get your cabbage detox in the form of fermented foods like kim chi or sauerkraut which retain most of its nutrients while adding probiotics.

Ginger is one of the top detox foods

Virtually every natural detox diet or 24 or 48 hour detox plan uses ginger because it is widely known as being one of the best detox foods available anywhere. Ginger can boost your metabolism immediately and this root has been used for over 2000 years for its medicine and detoxifying effects. Ginger is thought to detoxify the body through several different mechanisms including reducing colon inflammation, reducing overall inflammation levels in the body, blood sugar stabilization and more. Ginger is thought to boost the body's fat metabolism and it can help protect the brain from age related damage and protect your DNA from oxidative damage. It is also one of the best foods to eat to improve your digestive system and it can help you deal with nausea and indigestion during your detox diet.

Grapefruit is a widely known detox food

Grapefruit is also another one of the foods that is commonly seen in detox plans, and it happens to be one of the most potent foods that can boost your fat metabolism. It should be noted that grapefruit does interfere with an important liver enzyme which means that it can interact with a wide range of medications, so if you are currently taking any medications you should discuss whether or not it is safe for you to eat grapefruit before consuming it as a part of a detox diet. Grapefruit is full of fiber and is rich in vitamin C which helps the body flush out toxins, and the vitamin C in grapefruit can boost the immune system. It can also reduce your blood cholesterol to safe levels and it has been shown to protect against certain forms of cancer like breast cancer, and it can help your body achieve a normal hormonal balance.

Blueberries are a top detox fruit

Blueberries are known as a superfood and they are one of the best foods that you can eat on a regular basis for several reasons. One of the best reasons to eat blueberries is for their detoxifying effects. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which detoxify the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, and they help to maintain a healthy liver. They are also rich in fiber which helps the body eliminate built up toxins in the digestive system, and blueberries have been shown to slow the progressive of liver diseases. Blueberries are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, E and insoluble and soluble fiber. They are also easy to add into detox smoothies and have been proven many times to be one of the best foods for overall liver health.

Lemons are one of the best detox fruits

Lemons are regularly used for detox diets because of their high vitamin C content and ability to help boost fat metabolism and assist with the detox process. The polyphenols in lemons may help the body break down fat, and the high potassium content in lemons is great for helping restore a normal blood pressure and reversing the damaging effects of a high sodium diet. Lemon juice helps the liver produce more bile and cleans the liver, and it can also improve the digestive system and make it more efficient. It can improve a wide range of digestive systems such as nausea, indigestion or constipation, and many of the health benefits of lemons can be obtained by drinking lemon water rather than having to eat the fruit. Lemon water also helps the body absorb iron which can be important for people with low iron, and when lemons are combined with other detoxifying fruits and vegetables it can have a powerful detoxing effect.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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