As there are ample of straight detoxing programs out there, the good news is that nature provides the lots of help in this department. Below are Top 10 Foods to get rid of toxic substances in the body superstars you can find in the produce section. Include these frequently to jump start your body’s automatic and natural cleansing work.
Beetrootss are awesome. They are full of the nutrients and are the great source of vitamins B3, B6 and C, plus beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. They help our liver and gall bladder in the breaking down toxins, and their fiber is the great for digestion and elimination. Shredded raw beetroots are the best (eat some on top of a big pile of greens with a sprinkle of lemon juice — those toxins would not even see it coming).
Lemons jump-start digestion by stimulating the release of enzymes and Vitamin C helps to convert toxins into the water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from body. Lemons also help to stimulate the liver and purify your blood.
Apples also give us the lots of fiber and nutrients and help to stimulate the bile production, which the liver uses to release toxins. The soluble fiber in the apples, pectin, is helpful in removing heavy metals and food additives from our bodies. Be sure to eat only organic apples, as conventional apples are some of most heavily-sprayed foods around.
What we want from the green veggies is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll rids the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals, herbicides, and pesticides.
Make sure you get lots of green things in your diet like leafy greens, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, sprouts, dandelion teas, chlorella supplements… whatever. Helping in detox, increasing the oxygen content, and purifying the blood, greens are an essential building blocks of any healthy and vibrant diet. Plus, they make you glow.
Raw garlic is totally wonderful. It has powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Garlic helps to stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help to filter toxins from the digestive system. As I like to say, “go garlic or go home” Or, perhaps better yet, “go garlic or get sick!”
Sea veggies have crazy antioxidants that help to alkalize the blood and strengthen our digestive tract. The alginic acid in the sea veggies absorb toxins from this digestive tract. They also have the broadest range of minerals you can find in any food. If you are uncertain to get busy with the seaweeds, buy dulse flakes and use in salads, soups, and stir-fries instead of salt.
Broccoli sprouts get their own big shout out. Broccoli sprouts contain important phytochemicals that help in the detox processs at rates much higher than grown-up broccoli which is still really, really good for you. These phytochemicals stimulate the detoxification enzymes in digestive tract. They are also extremely high in antioxidants.
Speaking of, you should all know by now that green tea is a great big source antioxidants, one of which are catechins. Catechins increase liver function, which we want. Plus, drinking green tea aids us in hydrating our bodies. Woot woot!
Artichokes increase bile production and both purify and protect the liver. They also have a mild diuretic effect on the kidneys, which aides in toxin removal once the liver breaks them down. Some studies have shown that artichokes may actually regenerate liver tissues (It is seriously all about the liver). They are also super duper high in fiber, which, as we know, helps us with elimination.
Another green food that gets a special mention is cilantro. Cilantro is aces for ridding the body of heavy metals (not the loud and fun kind; these jerks can lead to depression, cancer, hormone and thyroid problems, and lots more). The chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to these toxins, loosening them from the blood, tissues, and organs and assisting with their elimination from the body. Rock on, cilantro. Rock on.