Detoxification is the process by which the body rids itself of toxins, waste, and other impurities in order to cleanse the body and improve overall health. It can help in reducing lethargy, bloating, aches, skin problems, digestive problems, and other health issues, by combating them from the inside out.

 

Unfortunately, just the sight of the word detox might have you thinking about juice fasts and rigid diets — things which undoubtedly make the entire process seem like more trouble than it is worth. However, detox is most certainly worth the time and effort, but it can be much simpler than many make it out to be. In fact, it can come down to simply incorporating key foods with detoxifying properties into your diet.

 

Read on to see some of the top detox foods which you can include in your diet to cleanse and purify your body without resorting to the impractical methods often utilized to do so.

 

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Artichokes

Artichokes are excellent at cleansing and protecting the liver, which is our body’s tool for natural detoxification. Thus, keeping the liver clean is the first step to ensuring that your body can successfully rid itself of toxins naturally. Artichokes promote bile production in the liver; bile is essential for detoxification, as it is responsible for getting toxins to the intestines which flush them out of the body.

 

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Green Tea

Green tea’s detoxifying properties come primarily from its wealth of antioxidants. It contains polyphenols, such as epigallocatechin gallate, which fight off free radicals that can harm your body’s healthy cells and even cause digestive issues, liver disease, or other serious conditions. Green tea also gives your body a good dose of catechins, another antioxidant that stimulates liver function, thus contributing to body detox.

 

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Apples

Apples are super rich in fiber, which is the key to their detoxifying effects on the body. The soluble fiber that your body gets from apples, known as pectin, is important to helping your body get rid of artificial food additives and other toxins. Meanwhile, the insoluble fiber present in apples in the form of cellulose is important for moving the digestive system along and expediting the removal of waste from the body. Additionally, apples contain nutrients that can help promote bile production in the liver, further aiding in detoxification.

 

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Beets

As a good source of potassium, folate, fiber, magnesium, zinc, as well as a myriad of other nutrients and vitamins, it’s no wonder that beets are strong detoxifiers. While many of said nutrients are effective in helping the liver and gallbladder break down harmful toxins, the fiber content of beets is especially beneficial in that it helps promote healthy digestion and removal of waste from the body.

 

 

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Avocados

Healthy fats are essential to the process of detoxification, and avocados are known as being an extremely strong source. Healthy fats promote the removal of toxins in your body through the bowels, as well as the removal of unhealthy cholesterol from the body. Avocados are also full of antioxidants, like glutathione, which further help in the process of toxin removal from the body.

 

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Lemons

Lemons are known for their strong detoxifying properties. Their citric acid is particularly effective in promoting the production of digestive juices, as well as stimulating the process of digestion and the healthy elimination of toxins through the bowels. Lemons also promote colon health by contributing to colon cleansing and building up nutrients in the colon, which is important because an unhealthy colon ultimately begins absorbing toxins into the blood stream as opposed to flushing them out.

 

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