A detox and cleanse help rid your body of toxic build-ups, eliminate food cravings, wake up the digestive system, and prepare your body for a new healthier way of eating and living.
Figuring out which foods are best for a detox and cleanse can be tricky. So many foods feel refreshing and rejuvenating—hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit are the popular ones – and with good reason: foods with insoluble fiber (like raw veggies) or a diuretic effect (like green tea), promote speedy digestion and “flush” the GI tract. These foods can be considered the best “cleanse” choices for many people. However to get some variety for your body (as well as your sanity during a detox and cleanse), here are 12 tasty choices and why they work!
Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow clears the system of potentially inflammatory substances contained in fatty foods.
Avocado provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and glutathione, a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage AND is essential for liver pathway cleansing.
Beets are among the few edible plants that contain betalains, plant pigments that give some beets their deep red color and have powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties. Betalains promote cell structure, repair and regeneration, especially in the liver—the body’s primary detox center.
Broccoli is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which are named for their cross-shaped flowers and known for powerful antioxidant properties. Science has shown that a diet rich in cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of certain cancers. Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.
5. Collard Greens
Collard greens increase bile acid binding, which makes it easier for bile to bind to large lipid molecules and pull them apart. Leftover bile acids are then excreted from the GI tract normally, taking leftover lipid molecules with them. Bile acid binding therefore helps to keep LDL “bad” cholesterol in check.
Dill is rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory chemicals. Dill contains chemicals that help with the activation of glutathione, a liver antioxidant that attaches to free radical molecules and disarms them.
Fennel, like dill, has tons of vitamins and anti-inflammatory chemicals. Fennel is rich in Vitamin C, which has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Fennel is also high in fiber but low in calories—an ideal cleanse food.
8. Green Tea
Green tea is richer in antioxidants than white, black, and oolong teas, even though they all come from the same plant. The caffeine in green tea also gives this energizing drink a diuretic effect, which helps to alleviate bloating by counteracting water retention.
Lemon, like all citrus fruits, is rich in antioxidant Vitamin C.
Fresh, green veggies, like kale, are a good source of glutathione-essential for detox of liver pathway. Fresh vegetables can also provide excellent sources of insoluble fiber, which gets the gut moving. Crisp, crunchy raw veggies are highest in this sort of fiber.
11. Onion and Garlic
Onion and garlic are both members of the allium family of vegetables, which provide pungent flavors to foods. These plants contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver’s strongest antioxidants. As a result, onion and garlic have powerful anti-bacterial and immune-boosting properties.
Yogurt that contains probiotics – make sure to read the yogurt label—supplies healthy bacteria that fortify the GI tract’s natural flora, aiding digestion and boosting the body’s natural immune responses.
13. Rooibos Tea
Many people swear by this ‘red’ tea for its range of health benefits, ie. lowers the risk of cancer, protects the liver against disease, boosts the immune system, relieves allergies, and treats digestive disorders. But what many of them do not know is that the components found in the rooibos tea including polyphenols and flavonoids, inhibit the formation of new fat cells by 22%—that said a person can easily shed 2 pounds per week just by drinking rooibos tea. For a delicious and effective red tea recipe that detoxifies the body and sheds pounds quickly and safely, check out the Red Tea Detox program—an amazing detox program that has helped countless women lose 14 pounds in just 14 days.