Detox is a hot topic, and there are a million products on the market that promise miracles in weight loss, boosting energy, giving your skin a gorgeous glow, and even managing your mood. Whether it’s an article promoting the latest fad diet or advertising for detox teas, keto coffees, juice cleanses, appetite suppressant pills, and more, it can be hard to figure out what is safe and effective. To silence the chatter and get results, we can turn to nutrition and science. Using whole foods to support the innate, natural detox pathways in the body is not only safe and effective but also tasty, easy, and fun! Below are 10 foods that you can incorporate into your diet if you want a healthy and effective whole foods detox.
This red root vegetable works as an amazing detoxifying agent for the body. Beets are jam-packed with vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and beta-carotene. Those nutrients help the gall bladder and liver break down toxins so they can be flushed out of the body. Beets contain fiber which promotes digestion and supports the elimination of toxins through healthy, bulky, easy-to-pass stool. Add beets to your smoothies, shred them raw in your salad, bake or boil them; they will be delicious any way you choose.
Lemons are very popular in detox drinks. The natural enzymes in lemon juice and essential oils in lemon peels support the detox functions in the liver while vitamin C helps break down toxins so they can be flushed out in the urine. They are fantastic for balancing your body’s pH and I love that they support a healthy lymphatic system.
Apples contain a lot of nutrients like pectin, and fiber that love the liver and digestive process! My programs contain apples, albeit in small amounts because they are a great gut and detox fruit. However, be mindful that the apples we eat today have up to ten times more fructose than the apples your great granny ate. So opt for the more tart varieties and a slive or two is enough.
The chlorophyll in the green vegetables flushes out heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and toxins while fortifying the blood. They help to keep your body alkaline and are high in fiber. It’s useful to ensure you eat green vegetables daily.
Yum! Garlic stimulates the liver into generating enzymes that remove toxins from our digestive system. Raw garlic can be used minced in salad dressing, or cooked in almost any savory dish! Garlic also has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties that help take care of parasites, viruses, and bad bacteria.
The sea vegetables, such as seaweed have a lot of antioxidants that strengthen our digestive system and alkalize our blood. The alginate in seaweed binds to fat and toxins from our digestive tract and helps transport them out of the body in our stool.  It’s easy to find seaweed nowadays. There are nori sheets, salad sprinkles, and many types of dried seaweed that you can add to soups and stews.
Broccoli sprouts contain about 100 times more sulforaphane than mature broccoli. They are rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The sulfur-rich phytochemicals and antioxidants promote and accelerate the detoxification process in the body.  A superfood for hormone balancing and detoxification.
Mmmm, the earthy fragrance, and flavor of a good quality loose green tea is something that brings me so much joy! The antioxidants in Green are detox superstars. Liver supportive and enzyme-stimulating, the antioxidants in green tea are unlocked with a generous steep in hot water. Easy peasy. Sip and support your natural detox process!
If you know me, even just a little bit, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with artichokes. We eat them almost daily for the few weeks a year that fresh artichokes are available. The liver produces bile which is important for flushing out toxins as well as the digestion of fats. Cynarin is an antioxidant compound that supports bile production and liver cell regeneration. The liver also needs the flavonoid silymarin, to protect and regenerate liver cells and membranes. There are other compounds in artichokes that act as diuretics. Diuretics help the body release excess fluid and can stabilize blood pressure.
Love it or hate it, this earthy herb is known to help flush toxins and heavy metals from the body in a process called chelation. It stimulates the gut and produces stomach acid, so it’s wonderful for digestion. Cilantro, also known as coriander may also help to balance blood sugar and promote skin health.