Here are some easy-to-find, easy-to-use, foods you can use to gently detoxify your system.
Add them to juices, smoothies, soups, side-dishes, and everything else. Clear yourself out, and open up — receive the energy of Spring!
Apple Cider Vinegar – Raw apple cider vinegar assists with fat digestion and prevents blood stagnation. It is detoxifying and helps relieve liver congestion. Unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar contains nutrients, amino acids.
Asparagus – Reduces phlegm and mucus, eases constipation, soothes membranes. Contains asparagine, a diuretic. Useful for treating kidney problems. Also helpful for gout, rheumatism and edema.
Arugula – Bitter and pungent taste makes this an effective digestive.
Beets and Beet Juice — Beets are highly detoxifying — helping to cleanse and support the liver.
Celery — Effective as both a laxative and diuretic. Relieves liver congestion. Used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Useful for blood cleansing, hangovers, high blood pressure.
Cilantro — Assists in clearing. heavy metals from the body.
Flax Seed — Anti-inflammatory, cleansing, stimulates bowel by helping to move waste. Must grind flax in order to release Omega 3’s. Pre-ground flax is available for purchase – but must be frozen or refrigerated.
Green Apple —Contains malic and tartaric acids, which inhibit fermentation in stomach. Green apples help cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help soften gallstones. Pectin promotes beneficial intestinal flora and supports normal colon function.
Lemon — Stimulates the release of enzymes – an essential part of the liver’s detoxification process
Turmeric — Turmeric helps detoxify the liver and regenerate liver cells. Turmeric has been shown to increase levels of two liver enzymes important for detoxification. In addition, turmeric helps lower cholesterol levels.
Of course, the list goes on, and on. Seaweed, cruciferous veggies, garlic, daikon, burdock, and shiitake mushrooms are also stand-out detoxifiers. Once you familiarize yourself with these foods, use them often. Enjoy them and know that you’re giving your body an enormous gift.
What’s your favorite detox food? If you have any questions or comments, please post it below.