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Top 15 Cleansing Foods

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 since they 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.

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.

Watercress. If you haven’t tried watercress add this delicious green to your next sandwich since 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?

Adapted with permission from: The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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8:21AM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

I eat or juice most of these on a regular basis. For those who might balk at seaweed. You can buy powdered or capsuled spirulina and chlorella, both are blue green algae. Do a web search for "health benefits of" these 2 and you will want to include them in your diet. I add a heaping ice tea spoon of each to my morning smoothie.

3:41AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Thanks!

6:59AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Many thanks!

3:32PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Thank you
I took notes on this

6:33AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Thank you!

1:11AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Thank you!

5:41AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thank you :)

8:24AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Thanks for posting

11:35PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

It is funny, the body itself wants these foods and if you can listen to your "inside" than there is no doubt to eat what is healthy and good for yourself.

5:32AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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We celebrate Food Day everyday in India which is still largely a vegetarian country. Thank You.

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