I'm not a big fan of detoxes. I think that in most cases, they're unnecessary for the average person. With that being said, there is nothing wrong with adding some good fruits and veggies with detoxifying properties to your existing diet to help keep things moving along.
You just don't have to torture yourself by drinking an unappatizing lemonade/maple syrup mixture for two weeks to gain the benefits. Yahoo has listed its top 10 detoxifying foods that you may want to think about adding to your diet. Here are highlights:
- Green leafy vegetables: Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and protects the liver.
- Lemons: Its vitamin C, considered the detox vitamin, helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that's easily flushed away.
- Watercress: The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals, too.
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- Garlic: In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk.
- Green tea: This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity.
- Broccoli sprouts: They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.
- Sesame seeds: They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals.
- Cabbage: There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them.
- Psyllium: A plant that's rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out.
- Fruits, fruits, fruits: They're full of almost all the good things above: vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants.