Healthy Detox

Healthy detoxing is an extremely beneficial way to clean and rejuvenate your body.

\nNumerous physical and mental benefits include higher metabolism, more energy, feeling ‘lighter’, better sleep, and better concentration. Toxins store up in major organs such as the liver and stomach. After detoxing, these organs will begin to work more effectively. Free radicals will be flushed from your system, making your immune system stronger and lowering cancer risks.\n\nHere are 10 naturally detoxifying foods to help your spring cleaning process:\n

Watercress\nThis is the perfect topper for your next sandwich or salad. It keeps free radicals away from your cells,\nhelps energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, and is a natural diuretic.

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Lemon Water\nLemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is known to help the body detox and burn fat. Drink water with lemon every morning as a way to alkalize the body and help with digestion.

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Cabbage\nCabbage is known for its liver cleansing properties. Mix cabbage, apples, and caraway for a crisp treat for your palate and your liver.

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Dark Leafy Greens\nThere are a ton of ways to incorporate leafy greens into your diet. You can eat them raw, add them  to a broth, add to juices or smoothies, or sauté them with a touch of olive oil. Leafy greens boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract, which helps the body rid itself of environmental toxins like\nsmog and herbicides.

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Fresh Fruit\nFruit is full of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and several other nutrients. Fruit salads, smoothies or just plain – there are several ways to enjoy fruit

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Beets\nFiber in beets help increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which help the liver and gallbladder eliminate bile and other toxic substances from the body.

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Artichokes\nNumerous studies show that artichokes promote healthy liver and gallbladder function. They’re also loaded\nwith cynarin, which helps increase bile production, prevents indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion.\nIf you’re looking for a natural detox food, artichokes are a winner.

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Ginger and Garlic\nGinger and garlic are good friends to the liver because they help it get rid of free radicals that are built up in the body.

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Green Tea\nYou definitely want to drink a lot of liquids when trying to detox. Green tea is a great choice! It’s high incatechins — a flavonoid — which speeds up liver activity and increases the production of detoxification enzymes.

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Whole Grains\nChoosing whole grains over refined grains should be a part of any diet — detox or not. Besides being full of nutrients and antioxidants, they’re incredibly high in insoluble fiber, which helps keep you regular.