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Foods that Naturally Detox Your Body

It's all too easy to get caught up in a bad eating habit. 

Food temptations abound, from downing too many margaritas at happy hour to munching on your kids' leftover mac and cheese instead of sitting down for a healthy meal.You'd rather give up selfies than commit to a month-long juice fast. The good news is that you are not required to do so. 

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Some of your favorite foods already have detoxifying properties, allowing you to cleanse your system without the hassle of a full-fledged cleanse. So, the next time you're feeling bad and in need of a detox, try eating one of these tried-and-true foods.


Green Tea

Green tea, in addition to water with lemon, is an excellent detox beverage. Green tea is high in catechin, a flavonoid that helps the liver function by increasing the production of detox enzymes. Studies also show green tea alleviates bowel inflammation and prevents a variety of cancers. Try replacing your afternoon coffee with green tea to help refresh your body.

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Oranges and lemons

Citrus fruits include vitamin C, which aids in the production of glutathione. 

Glutathione, also known as the "mother of all antioxidants," is an important component in liver detoxification. Fresh lemon juice, in particular, is hailed as a potent cleansing food, since the liver can produce more enzymes from it than any other food, aiding in the removal of toxins from the digestive tract. Instead of sucking on a lemon, start your day with a glass of hot or cold water infused with fresh lemon juice


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Blueberries and Grapes

Flavanoids in these delightful fruits can help rebuild depleted glutathione (the body's most potent liver and brain detoxifier) — influencing everything from your immune system to your nervous system to your intestines. Glutathione deficiency also affects your body's ability to detoxify alcohol, which is required after a few too many glasses of wine. 

Try a grape seed extract supplement if blueberries and grapes aren't your thing.


Ginger

Ginger has been used to cleanse the body for generations as an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting remedy. 

Ginger improves good digestion, according to neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, by helping the body generate the right enzymes to break down food and pollutants in your organs, particularly the lungs and sinuses.

“Ginger inhibits the accumulation of toxins that make you susceptible to infections, especially in the respiratory system, by opening up these lymphatic channels and keeping things clean.” 


Garlic

Antioxidant-rich garlic activates your body's detoxification enzymes, allowing harmful residues to be filtered out of your digestive tract. It's also high in antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory chemicals, making it a health-promoting powerhouse. 

Chop up a handful of fresh garlic for your meals, and then get rid of that unavoidable (and nauseating) garlic breath as soon as possible.


Beets

With antioxidants and naturally occurring, detoxifying nitrates that boost oxygen flow and keep blood circulating, beets are a nutritional bonanza for cleansing your system. 

Beets are strong in glutathione-boosting flavonoids and have a lot of fiber, which helps your liver create antioxidant enzymes. 

You could simply add a couple tinned beets to your salad, or make a spicy beet salad that is equally wonderful (and more healthful).


Parsley

This common garnish is a natural diuretic, meaning it flushes water (and consequently bacteria) out of your kidneys. 

Try adding parsley to your morning green smoothies instead of just sprinkling it on chicken marsala for an added detox boost.


There's nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and then, but when you do it too frequently, you'll end up with a bloated stomach, swollen limbs, and a sluggish mentality (to name a few).When you reach that point, you may want to consider consuming foods that cleanse your system and provide a healthy detox for your body.

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