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Top 40 Foods that Cleanse and Detox the Body Naturally
So much more than just a plate decoration, parsley is loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins K, A, and C, which help protect your bladder and kidneys. Parsley is a natural diuretic so they can help prevent kidney stones and bladder infections. Parsley contains flavonoids that act as antioxidants which help stop free radical damage to your cells.
This sweet treat contains a digestive enzyme called bromelain, which helps to clean out your colon and improves the digestion process. In studies, bromelain stops the growth of certain types of tumors, excessive inflammation, even blood clots. Always eat organic pineapple or drink pineapple tea.
It appears you can’t eat too much guacamole! This fantastic fruit is packed full of antioxidants, while it’s known for lowering cholesterol levels and dilating the blood vessels. Avocados contain glutathione, which in studies is shown to block at least 30 different carcinogens. Avocados also help the liver remove synthetic chemicals from the body.
24. Broccoli Sprouts
No, not Brussels sprouts, but BROCCOLI. These are actually more beneficial than the broccoli itself as the sprouts contain more than 20 times more sulforaphane. They have more phytochemicals that are actually released when these sprouts are chopped or chewed. Try adding these sprouts to your salads or stir fry meals.
Another tasty spice you probably have in your kitchen. The oils from cinnamon have several active compounds that are known to prevent blood clots as well as antimicrobial compounds that stop the growth of fungi and bacteria.
Although most people know that cranberries or their juice help to stop urinary tract infections, did you know that they are also antibacterial and are well-known for removing toxins from the body? It’s true! Cranberries are rich in a wide range of anti-inflammatory nutrients, and provide both cardiovascular and immune system support.
When doing detox programs, it’s important to be sure that all toxins are properly eliminated. Ground flaxseeds are a terrific source of fiber that not only bind toxins, but then they flush them out through your intestinal tract. These seeds are also a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A good way to get these healthy benefits is to add two tablespoons of ground flaxseed into a glass of hot lemon water every morning.
Almost all detox programs include garlic as part of the regimen. Garlic improves the immune system function as well as offering liver support. One of the best things about garlic is that you can consume a lot of it and your body won’t become accustomed to it nor will you have adverse reactions. (Well, except, perhaps, for some strong breath!) This makes garlic a great detoxing agent no matter how you choose to use it; in tea, in cooking, in salads, or just plain raw. Garlic has been proven to be 100 times more effective than antibiotics and kills bacteria in a fraction of the time.
New research shows that the ITC’s made from the glucosinolates in kale can help regulate detox at a genetic level. This study proves that kale provides comprehensive support for the body’s own natural detox system. Kale is packed with a multitude of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, not to mention vitamins and minerals; it’s no wonder that many doctors suggest eating a good deal of kale to patients who have kidney disease. This one green can help protect you from just about every disease known to man.
30. Olive Oil
Some liver cleanse programs state that olive oil mixed with fruit juice triggers your liver to remove gallstones. Olive oil is a definite go-to oil when you want to detox the body. This is a much better, healthier oil than any other vegetable oil when it comes to detoxification purposes. Just don’t use it for cooking as it breaks down under high heat. Use it as a salad dressing or mixed with some garlic to drizzle over veggies.
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