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Foods That Help to Detox Your Body

by Autumn Jones
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    Foods That Help to Detox Your Body
    Foods That Help to Detox Your Body
    Your daily routine exposes you to countless toxins: pollution, chemicals, cleaning products, cigarette smoke and so on. If you've been feeling particularly sluggish lately, if your skin is breaking out more than usual or if you're having trouble concentrating, you may benefit from a detox diet, which is a period of time (usually no longer than a week) dedicated to ridding the body of toxins. For the best detoxification, make sure your diet includes plenty of these cleansing, renewing foods.
  • Lemon

    During a detox diet, it's important to consume plenty of fluids. Adding lemon juice to your water not only makes it taste better, but the vitamin C found in lemons is the best detox antioxidant around. It converts toxins into water-soluble material that flushes right out of your body. Drink the juice of one lemon in a glass of lukewarm water every morning.
  • Garlic

    Garlic is a pungent miracle food known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It works wonders on blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps your body to fight disease. To get the full benefit, the garlic must be chewed, sliced or grated. If you can't bear the thought of a mouthful of garlic, try adding it to salads or mixing it with olive oil for a delicious dipping sauce.
  • Broccoli Sprouts

    Don't confuse these with regular broccoli--sprouts are actually healthier than their adult counterparts. Add them to salads or much on them raw. Broccoli sprouts stimulate digestive enzymes and are chock-full of antioxidants, making them a perfect supplement to your detox diet.
  • Fresh Fruits

    When you're craving something sugary, reach for a ripe plum, a golden mango or a handful of juicy berries. Fruits are full of liquid, vitamins and antioxidants, all of which are key for detoxing. Plus, the fiber in fruits helps clean out your digestive system. They're a natural, healthy fix for your sugar addiction.
  • Leafy, Green Vegetables

    Dark green vegetables are full of chlorophyll, which is beneficial for healthy red blood cell production. These veggies are prime sources of antioxidants and cancer-fighting agents like sulphoraphane and genistein. Best of all, they come in a huge variety; if you don't like arugula, try kale.
  • Cabbage

    Cabbage is bursting with enzymes, which are vital for healthy digestion. Don't confuse this with the Cabbage Soup Diet--eat your cabbage raw and organic for the best taste and greatest detox benefits.

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