Top 15 Cleansing Foods

When it comes to cleansing your body of harmful toxins, food really is the best medicine. You’ll be amazed to learn that many of your favorite foods also cleanse the body’s detoxification organs like the liver, intestines, kidneys and skin, preventing harmful toxic buildup. Help ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, secondhand smoke and other toxins with delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils and beans.

Apples

Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines. Just make sure they’re organic!

Avocados

We rarely think of avocados as a cleansing food, but these nutritional powerhouses lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.

Related: 3 Ways to Turn Avocado Into a Guilt-Free Dessert

Beets

Time to whip up some delicious borscht soup since its main ingredient, beets, contain a unique mixture of natural plant compounds that make them superb blood purifiers and liver cleansers.

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Blueberries

Truly one of the most powerful healing foods, blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They also have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.

Related: The Amazing Healing Power of Blueberries

Cabbage

Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and secondhand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.

Celery and Celery Seeds

Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers and contain many different anti-cancer compounds that help detoxify cancer cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. It is particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.

Related: 11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk

Cranberries

Cleanse your body from harmful bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in your urinary tract with cranberries—they contain antibiotic and antiviral substances.

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3s, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are essential for many cleansing functions throughout the body.

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Garlic

Eat garlic to cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses from your body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse buildup from the arteries and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. Additionally, garlic assists with cleansing the respiratory tract by expelling mucous buildup in the lungs and sinuses. For the health benefits, choose only fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.

Grapefruit

Add a ruby red grapefruit to your breakfast to benefit from pectin fiber that binds to cholesterol, thereby cleansing the blood. Pectin also binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body. It also has antiviral compounds that cleanse harmful viruses out of the body. Grapefruit is an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier.

Related: 5 Reasons You Should Eat Grapefruit Today

Kale

Steam some kale to benefit from its powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke and strengthens liver cleansing.

Legumes

Add a handful of cooked beans to your next meal—they’re loaded with fiber that helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestines and regulates blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.

Lemons

Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.

Related: 22 Surprising Uses for Lemons

Seaweed

Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, they are powerhouses of minerals and trace minerals.

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Watercress

If you haven’t tried watercress, add this delicious green to your next sandwich—it increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.

Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables assists with detoxifying harmful substances from your body. Who knew cleansing could taste so good?

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Melania P
Melania P2 months ago

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Telica R
Telica R2 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim V4 months ago

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Jerome S4 months ago

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Donn M
Donn M5 months ago

Interesting. Thanks.

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Angela A
Angela K5 months ago

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natasha s
Past Member 5 months ago

All yummy!

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Jerome S
Jerome S5 months ago

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Jim V
Jim V5 months ago

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heather g
heather g5 months ago

Other than grapefruit, I enjoy all of these. The seaweed I buy in little packets found in a Vancouver supermarket.

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