7 Foods that Detox Your Body

by Chrystal Johnson on February 10, 2014

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foods-detox-bodyThough some foods can cause an influx of toxins into our bodies, other foods have decidedly strong detoxifying capabilities. These natural cleaners often enhance our health in many ways. Many are particularly important for keeping the liver, the organ responsible for cleaning our blood, clean. When it comes to purifying the body from the inside, these foods are great candidates to become regular staples of our diets.

Avocados

With its high anti-oxidant count and significant source of fiber, avocados are great for your liver. By helping to stimulate the production of glutathione in the body, avocados help detoxify the liver naturally.

Garlic

Garlic not only enhances liver function, it gives the immune system a terrific boost to fight off the harm that toxins do to our bodies. Because it offers a range of health benefits, you can safely add garlic to your diet every single day!

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is popular in Asian cuisines, but it’s a food that can benefit everyone no matter where you live.  Lemongrass can help detoxify the liver as well as other vital organs.  Typically made into a tea, the herb can also be added to various dishes to obtain its health benefits.

Apples

High in fiber and loaded with great nutritional content, apples are often included on lists of natural detoxifying agents.  Specifically, they are very helpful for keeping the digestive tract clean.

Ginger

A significant detoxifying agent, ginger may taste strong, but it also has some hefty health benefits.  If you’ve been drinking too much or eating a diet rich in fatty foods, add ginger to your diet along with changing some eating habits to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Kale

This leafy vegetable can enhance any detox plan.  Particularly good for the kidneys, kale helps naturally cleanse the body and delivers loads of anti-oxidant power.

Grapefruit

This juicy albeit tart fruit is a great natural detoxifying food.  It stimulates the liver to burn up fat and, thereby, helps it to rid the body of toxins.  Moreover, it has many nutrients that make it a great addition to one’s diet.

These are just a few of the most popular foods used to detoxify the body.  Add them to your diet so you can enjoy their healthful benefits.

Patty Yale has been a nutritionist for a number of years. Sources for this post can be found at http://www.purifyyourbody.com/. Feel free to connect with her over at Google+.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kim @ What's That Smell? February 11, 2014 at 4:24 am

It’s amazing the extents to which food can heal the body. We often reach for drugs for symptom relief but food does more than just relieve the symptoms, they can actually heal.

Great list!

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2 heather February 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

all the more reason to eat guacamole….avocados AND garlic! ;)
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3 Shannon @ GrowingSlower
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February 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

Around New Years it seemed like everyone I knew was doing some kind of detox. I love the idea of doing it naturally with food!
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4 Amanda February 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I couldn’t agree more!!!!!

simply adding lemon to your water is an EXCELLENT way to aid in detoxing and to re-align your body’s pH levels!!
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5 Cassandra Wright February 12, 2014 at 5:42 am

Thank you for this post.

I love the taste of lemongrass. Now that I’ve learned that it helps to detoxify the liver, I have another reason to eat it!

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6 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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February 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

I love how such simple foods can do so much for our bodies. I really need to buy some grapefruits..I haven’t had one in ages!
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7 Amanda February 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for this post!

For me, I’ve been taking an active DAILY approach to detoxing. I think its important to be aware that certain foods promote your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself :)
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