30 Cleansing Foods to Naturally Detox Your Body

See which foods will power your liver, and why.

January 5, 2017
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Adapted from To the Fullest

You don't have to be on a cleanse to incorporate foods in your daily menu that will detox your body and cleanse your liver. These foods will give your liver a helping hand so that it works at peak efficiency all the time to keep you clean from the inside out.

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Do your best to eat some of these foods each day. If you do, you are giving your body a daily cleaning service. You've worked hard to reduce your toxic load. Now it's your job to stay clean. It's easy if you do a little every day to tidy up. You need to support your body in doing what it does naturally.

Munch on these 30 foods to naturally clean and detox your body, every single day. 

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1. Apples

The fiber pectin helps detox metals and food additives that have accumulated in your body over the years, so the old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes right back into play. 

Detox Food Trick! Serve up these 5 apple recipes for better health and find new ways to eat the favorite fruit. 

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2. Artichokes

Artichokes naturally increase bile production and are loaded with vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and nearly 10 grams of fiber in just one unit, so if you haven't hopped aboard the artichoke train yet, this is a reason to start. 

Detox Food Trick! It seems like an intimidating vegetable to conquer, but follow this lemon artichoke recipe for a very simple take on the veggie.

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3. Asparagus

Apart from being one of the best stress-reducing foods and a great way to prevent a hangover, asparagus is also a a natural diuretic that helps with liver drainage.

Detox Food Trick! Serve it up as part of a mushroom rice bowl to get an even higher dose of protein into your dinner dish. 

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4. Avocados

Avocados are having a moment right now. Sure, you eat them as guacamole, or throw a few slices on your breakfast toast, but the heathly-fat fruit is actually also a detox superstar. Avocados contain glutathione, which helps the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals, helping to rid your body of the unwanted toxins. 

Detox Food Trick! Try these 6 avocado recipes that aren't guacamole for an added punch of omega-3's and some seriously needed detoxing. 

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5. Basil

As an herb, basil helps the metabolic breakdown and elimination of chemicals in the blood, and can give your salads (and even pizza) a refreshing after-taste you didn't know you were missing. 

Detox Food Trick! Add it into a farro salad, and top with ripe nectarines for a fresh vegetarian dish, or make it sweet with a basil julep ice cream

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6. Beets

The red vegetable contains a mix of phytochemicals and minerals that makes it a great blood purifier and liver cleanser. The superfoods are known as one of the best vegetables that boost athletic performance, and can help you better perform in high-intensity interval workouts. 

Detox Food Trick! Add the vegetable into a spicy black bean beet burger for a vegetarian grill favorite and add some much needed color to your plate. 

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7. Brazil nuts

Packed with selenium, which is vital in flushing mercury from your body, Brazil nuts contrain a balance of sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which will work wonders for your blood pressure and heart health. 

Detox Food Trick! Stick to one seriving, which is approximately six to eight nuts, for 4.1 grams of protein, 18.8 grams of fat, 2.1 grams of fiber and just 186 calories. 

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8. Broccoli

Not only does broccoli increase glutathione, which helps the liver transform toxins into a form that can be easily eliminated, and science has even linked the cruciferous vegetable to longer life.

Detox Food Trick! Sure, broccoli florets are often the star of the vegetable, but don't forget about the stem. Create broccoli "noodles" and turn the whole veggie into a broccoli slaw that'll rival any traditional recipe. 

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9. Brussels sprouts

High in sulfur, so they helps to remove toxins from the blood, Brussels sprouts are high in indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane, and antioxidants, and have even been proven to be great cancer fighters. 

Detox Food Trick! Reach for any of these 7 unexpected Brussels sprouts recipes that'l change the way you think about the little veggies. 

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10. Cabbage

Much like Brussels sprouts, cabbage also contains sulfur and stimulates the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes.

Detox Food Trick! If your days get busy and dinner seems impossible, some low-simmering Crock-pot green cabbage and hamburger soup can seem like a life saver. 

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11. Carrots

Because they're rich in glutathione, carrots are one of the most powerfully detoxing vegetables. As a bonus, they're loaded with beta-carotenes and vitamin A, and have cardiovascular benefits, and help improve immune function.

Detox Food Trick! Spoiler alert: butter is good, so indulging in some brown butter sautéed carrots is just what you need. As an alternative, while hot dogs are pretty all-American, gourmet carrot dogs will prove that you should never count out a carrot. 

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12. Cauliflower

As the other major cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower aids in the production of enzymes that flush out toxins and carcinogens, making it also a powerful disease-fighting food. 

Detox Food Trick! Go vegetarian and make curried cauliflower steaks when you need a good fix of veggies.

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13. Cilantro (coriander)

This small, but powerful, herb helps mobilize mercury and other heavy metals out of the tissue so that the metals can attach to other compounds and be excreted from the body, helping to expel the unwanted toxins. 

Detox Food Trick! Skip the typical coleslaw and create a cilantro coleslaw that'll pair with your cauliflower tacos, and you can check both veggies off your list. 

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14. Collard greens

The often overlooked greens have high cleansing properties, and pack a serious vitamin K punch into your dish.

Detox Food Trick! Add collard greens to the side of a balsamic chicken for a hearty and homestyle simple dinner. 

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15. Dandelions

Think they're unusable weeds? Think again. Dandelions act on the liver by straining and filtering toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Dandelion root tea has been shown to rid the liver of toxins.

Detox Food Trick! Pick them from your garden, brew them up, and create a simple tea. 

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16. Fennel

Fennel protects the liver from harmful chemicals, so energize your body's commanding organ by adding the veggie to your dinner. 

Detox Food Trick! Turn it into a summer soup, making this grapefruit and fennel consommé that'll detox your systems. 

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17. Flaxseeds

Not only do flaxseeds boost your mood, but when ground, these tiny seeds provide fiber that helps to bind and flush out toxins from the intestinal tract. Better yet, flax fiber suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss.

Detox Food Trick! Add to a healthy smoothie bowl, into sweet chocolate-banana cupcakes, or into a homemade smoothie

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18. Garlic

Because it's loaded with sulfur, it's quite simple to supercharge the healing power of garlic

Detox Food Trick! Create a homemade roasted garlic spread or a roasted garlic pull-apart bread

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19. Ginger

This distinct root spikes your metabolism, helps to flush out waste, and supports liver functions all day long. 

Detox Food Trick! Opt for a ginger spice smoothie, or a sweet and spicy no-cook ginger thai soup that'll help to cleanse your liver and rid yourself of any cold. 

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20. Kale

This leafy green has been on the rise in recent years, and it's for good reason. Kale provides comprehensive support for the entire detoxification system. That's right: the whole system. 

Detox Food Trick! You need a little bit of olive oil, spices, a roasting pan, and kale, of course, to create simple pizza kale chips. Once you have them, you won't miss the potatoes. 

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21. Lemons

The citrus fruit helps to convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body, literally flushing the unwanted substances from your body. 

Detox Food Trick! If you're not starting off your morning with a cup of hot lemon water, you're seriously missing out. 

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22. Cold-pressed organic oils

These include olive, hemp, and flaxseed, which provide a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins.

Detox Food Trick! Follow this guide to healthy cooking oils to get the exact oils you should stock in your pantry. 

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23. Onions

Onions are packed with sulfur-containing amino acids that detox the liver, taking some of the burden off that hardworking organ, and bringing many more benefits to your overall health

Detox Food Trick! Get a little bit fancy and caramelize the onions for a tart burger topping your liver will enjoy. 

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24. Parsley

This diuretic herb keeps your plumbing system running smoothly, helping to excrete toxins, if you know what we mean. And don't just keep it for yourself. Parsley is one of the dog-approved healing herbs, so feed some to Fido, too. 

Detox Food Trick! If you're stumped for a simple side dish you can bring to a party, look no further than this potato salad with parsley. Partygoers will appreciate the health boost, in addition to the delectable taste. 

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25. Pineapples

This summer favorite contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps to cleanse your colon, so don't hold back when it comes to including pineapple in your diet. As a bonus, this popular fruit even has more vitamin C than oranges, so keep your immune system running strong with pineapple. 

Detox Food Trick! Use it to top a grilled kielbasa sandwich or simply blend into a quick pineapple smoothie that'll blow away your taste buds. 

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26. Spinach

Popeye was onto something here! This popular green, especially when raw, has a heavy dose of glutathione, which will help give your body a much-needed antioxidant boost. 

Detox Food Trick! Make a bowl of heart-strong spinach soup, toss with butternut squash for a quick salad, or add to a smoothie that'll fuel your workout

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27. Turmeric

This ancient spice not only boosts your memory in just one hour, but it can help heal a host of other health ailments. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is used to treat liver and digestive disorders in Ayurvedic medicine.

Detox Food Trick! Ditch the pumpkin spice latte. That's so last year. Enter, the turmeric spice latte, which will alert your taste buds and revamp your detox processes. 

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28. Walnuts

Not only are walnuts a brain-helping food, but they hold high levels of acid arginine, which aids the liver in detoxifying ammonia, as well as glutathione. 

Detox Food Trick! Give baking with nuts a try and create a batch of dark chocolate walnut brownies that'll last you for a cheat meal. 

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29. Watercress

Not only is watercress one of the shockingly low-calorie foods, but it has a cleansing action that helps to release enzymes in the liver that get rid of toxic buildup. 

Detox Food Trick! Add it to an immune-boosting miso soup that'll marry broth and veggies for a serious cold-fighting combo.

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30. Wheatgrass

This small green restores alkalinity to the blood and is a powerful detoxer and liver protector. 

Detox Food Trick! Add it to your juices and smoothies for a blendable and drinkable version. Then, add it to your beauty routine for an unexpected additional benefit. It's one of the unexpected ways to better skin, so you'll be using it in countless hacks. 

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