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20 Best Foods For Detox Revealed

Eat These Foods To Keep Your Liver Running Efficiently

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There is overwhelming scientific evidence that toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies from poisonous metals, agricultural pesticides, and chemicals in the foods we eat. These substances slowly build up over time and are stored in the cells of our bodies. These toxins can cause significant damage by destroying cells and disrupting cellular metabolism. Here are the 20 best foods for detox.

Detoxifying is essential for good health… But it doesn't have to be grueling! One of the best ways is to take a whole foods approach.

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20 Best Foods For Detox

1. Lemons and Limes 

Lemons are at the top the list of the best foods for detox. They are an excellent digestive stimulant, and they have a reducing action on the tissues of the body. With honey, they help to discharge phlegm and reduce fat and improve weight loss. Moreover, they support the liver, kidneys, and colon and help to alkalize the body.
Start your day with a tall glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it. Do not gulp it down. Instead, sip it and relax as this powerful detoxifier energizes the body and mind.
Limes are much like lemons except they can help counter the effect of alcohol. Lime peel is a stimulant, digestive, expectorant and aids in the flow of energy in the liver (which is vital in detoxing).

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2. Berries

The liver is the key to removing toxins from your body. Berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, and goji berries) are high in detoxifying antioxidants that are crucial for maintaining a healthy liver. As a rule, they also help to cleanse and build blood and help to regulate sugar metabolism. Add a handful of fresh or frozen berries to your porridge or enjoy as a snack to reap their benefits.

3. Green Tea

 Loaded with the antioxidant catechins, green tea flushes the toxins from our body. According to a report that appeared in the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics, green tea contains the antioxidants epigallocatechin gallate and glutathione along with the amino acid, L-theanine. The synergic effect of these components makes it a powerful detoxifier.

With this in mind, high-quality tea is better than refined forms that can have artificial properties that can damage life force.

Include two cups of green tea a day in your detox diet. Boost its detoxification properties by squeezing a lemon before you sip.

4. Turmeric

Toxic build-up leads to undesirable inflammatory conditions. Flushing the free radicals helps to keep the toxins, and thus inflammation, at bay.
Mainly, Turmeric helps with the digestion of sugar, fats, and oils. It cleanses the blood and lymphatics and eases the inflammation as well as clears and decongests the liver, and bile ducts. Simultaneously Turmeric protects the liver from cancer.

Add a teaspoon of ground organic turmeric to your milk, soups, and stews. Turmeric is the main ingredient in all curries.

Consume black pepper with turmeric to boost the detoxification potential by 2,000%.

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5. Mung Beans


To begin with, mung beans are a high source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

Ayurveda advises the use of these beans in the form of khichari while undergoing cleanses because they are easy to digest and absorb toxic deposits from your intestinal walls. At the same time, mung beans are an especially useful food for liver disorders, alcohol detoxification or cancer. Especially interesting is that mung bean flour makes an excellent plaster for inflamed joints to help draw out toxins. 

6. Leafy Green Vegetables 

Pick from a wide array of leafy greens like spinach, watercress, cilantro, arugula, and bok choy. As a rule, the darker the green is, the better the detoxification process will be. All leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and very cleansing to the blood and lymphatics.

Still, choose the organic variants to ensure that you are not piling up more toxins. Enjoy them raw or cooked… add them to your salads, juices, smoothies, and soups.

7. Beets and Carrots

These natural detoxifiers repair and regenerate your hepatic system. In essence, these jewel-tinged roots contain glutathione, beta-carotene, and antioxidants beneficial for the liver. Bonus – they are sweet and low in calorific value. Notably, they are good for your blood and gut too.
Add a handful of grated beets to your salad or blend beet with spinach or dark leafy greens for a healthy drink.

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8. Tomatoes

Eliminate the toxins from prolonged sun exposure by consuming lycopene-rich tomatoes. Yes, these antioxidants cleanse the free radicals from your skin. They also contain glutathione, the potent liver detoxifier.
Add them to your salads or enjoy a handful of them during your snack time. Choose fresh tomatoes (as opposed to canned) to keep your sodium under control. Also, choose tetra packs as opposed to canned.
Canned tomatoes have BPA, a nasty estrogen-mimicking chemical implicated as a risk factor for heart disease, obesity, and diabetes as well as an increased risk of some cancers.

9. Walnuts

Packed with glutathione and essential amino acids and healthy fats, these nuts are good for your heart and liver. L-arginine, an amino acid found in the walnuts, breaks down ammonia, promoting liver cleansing.

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10. Garlic

Cleanse your gut, intestines, liver, and blood with the help garlic. Aside from this, it also unclogs the arteries and detoxifies the respiratory system. Garlic is also a viable anti-carcinogenic food.
Choose fresh garlic and not the supplements for the best results.
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11. Grapefruit

Grapefruit contains pectin, a fiber that helps to regulate cholesterol and purify the blood. This fiber also contributes to eliminating toxic metals from the body. Additionally, grapefruit also helps in the digestion of sugar and fat and is good for weight loss. 


12. Ginger

According to an article that appeared in the “World Journal of Gastroenterology” in January 2011… Ginger can help to combat the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This is due to certain powerful antioxidants that promote detoxification and boost immunity.
Ginger also contains glutathione and superoxide dismutase that could save the liver from toxic conditions.

13. Cabbage

The isothiocyanates found in cabbage contain detoxifying enzymes. These components help the liver break down excess hormones and also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes free radicals.


14. Avocados

Avocados lower cholesterol and unclog the fat-laden arteries, especially if taken with spices like cayenne. With this in mind, they build and promote blood purification and help nourish the liver.
These fruits contain healthy fats and glutathione that safeguard the liver from carcinogens and are considered one of the best foods for detox. 

15. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are powerful natural cleansers. They scrub the toxins and wastes away, cleansing and purifying the colon. Most importantly, they contain the anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic acid that eases gastrointestinal upsets. When the gut is clean, the liver does it job as intended.
Add freshly ground flaxseeds to cereal, salads, and soups to get their detoxification benefits.

16. Cruciferous Veggies

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts contain phytonutrients like glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin, and glucobrassicin. These compounds promote blood detoxification and healthy functioning of the liver.

17. Spices

These spices are some of the best foods for detox because they help to regulate Agni, the digestive fire. Spices help to antidote the heaviness of food, dispel gas and ease digestion. Some of the best spices for detox include:
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Clove
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

18. Dandelion

Dandelion tea promotes visceral fat metabolism along with Amino acid synthesis. That is to say, there is a synergic effect of these actions that promotes liver detoxification.


19. Apples


Akin to grapefruit, apples also contain pectin. This fiber helps to keep your gut clean, which helps the liver to function better. Remember, one of the main ways the body rids itself of toxins is through the liver.

Apple seeds are toxic and should not be eaten.

20. Water


Ideally seen, water should top the best foods for detox list. And, why not? 60% if the human body consists of water. And, in the absence of adequate hydration, your body loses its potential to function the optimal way. While 64 ounces of water is water you should at least drink, you need to up your intake based on your diet and exercise levels.

Fresh spring or well water is usually the best form of water to take. Tap water is chlorinated and devitalized and my aggravate toxic conditions. Water is best taken at room temperature or hot. Cold or ice water weakens the digestive fire and clogs the channels of the body.

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  1. I can tell you put a lot of work and research into this article. I completely agree that we have surrounded ourselves with all kinds of unnatural chemicals which affect our bodies in ways we do not understand. Some of the foods you mention like green tea and turmeric have been a part of my diet for a long time. A friend of mine says he got cancer from being close to Agent Orange in Vietnam, and he says that lemon juice cleaned his system and cured him from his cancer.

  2. It’s a good thing I regularly consume 19 out of 20 of these detoxifying foods!
    I’m definitely inspired to purchase some Dandelion Tea so that I can tick off all 20.
    I knew a bit about the detox benefits of this list of foods however, I really appreciate the information you’ve given on each one. You’ve gone into enough detail, without complicating things! Thank you.
    I start my day with Apple Cider Vinegar in my water, but I have fresh lemon juice in my water bottle throughout the day.

  3. Hi Jackie, I thought your article on 20 Best Foods for Detox was revealing.

    I was very surprised that lemons and limes were at the top of the list. Was it surprising to you as well? Did any other foods surprise you that were on the list?

    I had never heard of Mung Beans before. I suppose there’s a lot that I don’t know. You taught me a few things so thanks a lot.

    • Hey Robert, Since I take people through cleanses all the time, there were no real surprises for me. Mung beans are the top detox food in most Ayurvedic cleanses…. Mostly because they are high in protein and very easy to digest. So happy to meet you here and thanks again for commenting. I wish you great health!

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