Is your body in need of a detox? Whether the back-to-school routines have got you in a funk or you've been hitting the drive-thru a little too much, a fresh and clean refresher is always a good idea. You may have heard of the wonderful detoxifying properties of lemons, but what other foods can you be using? Here are 11 that have lots of healthy benefits.
1. Watercress: Watercress does not get the attention it deserves. It has more nutrients than spinach and more vitamin C than an orange! It is often used to flush the body because of its diuretic properties. Toss your watercress into a juicer or blender, on top of a salad or inside a sandwich! Learn more about watercress here!
2. Artichokes: An artichoke may look like a strange green pinecone, but it's actually a very healthy vegetable! It's basically your dream come true: low in calories, high in fiber. It dishes out a range of nutrients, which you can read about in our Glossary of Foods. Artichokes are great for aiding your kidneys and liver in their natural detoxing, and the high fiber content is great for the colon. Need a skinny recipe to serve up your artichokes? How about this Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip?
>> Want to get a little more creative with your artichokes? Here are five tasty ways to use them in your cooking!
3. Avocado: Within the last few years, avocado popularity has skyrocketed — and for good reason! While high in calories, avocados are also high in fiber, potassium and folate. They are also filled with antioxidants, which help your body to flush out the bad and keep the good. Just be cautious; avocados are high in calories, aka "good fats," and you don't want to overdo it. Read more about them here!
>> How will you incorporate avocados into your next meal? Here are 50 recipes for you to try out!
4. Wheatgrass: You'll most commonly find wheatgrass juiced into a green smoothie. It's a weird little plant, but is very popular for those trying to detox. It's recommended you consume it on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. Besides detoxing your body, you may also reap the benefits of healthy skin, its antibacterial properties and gastrointestinal support. Read more about wheatgrass here!
5. Garlic: Garlic has a lot of antibacterial properties, so it can help heal your body from the inside out. Whether you use it in cooking or take it as a supplement, garlic contains a lot of sulfur which is a great mineral to help you detox your body. Read more about garlic here and learn what other ways garlic can come in handy!
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6. Seaweed: While you may not want seaweed sticking to your feet at the beach, you can't argue that it's not good for you. Seaweed is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It's low in calories, high in fiber and the high levels of vitamins A, C and E make it great for a detox! To get more info on seaweed and its health benefits, click here.
7. Beets: Eat them raw or add them into a recipe! Beets are full of betaine and pectin, which help to protect your liver and digestive system. They can help to flush toxins from your system, so next time you're thinking of making a salad, toss some beets on top, like with this French Country Salad!
8. Ginger: Ginger is a very versatile ingredient in cooking and in health. It's popular in detoxes and cleanses because it does wonders for digestion and circulation. You can take it as a supplement or incorporate it into your cooking! It can help to cleanse your body of any built-up waste and toxins in your colon, liver and other organs.
9. Kale: Kale is a great at supporting your body's detox organs, like the liver and kidneys, and is full of antioxidants to help rid your body of the unhealthy lurkers. You can blend kale into a smoothie, toss it into a salad, use it to replace lettuce on a sandwich or make these yummy kale chips!
10. Green Tea: There are tons of reasons to love green tea, one of which being it's great for detoxing your body. Green tea is famous for its high volume of antioxidants, making this a great addition to your detox menu. We love our Clean Green Citrus Tea recipe, but you can also take a green tea extract supplement if you aren't a fan of tea!
11. Asparagus: Asparagus may make your pee smell funny, but it's great for you! Low in calories and high in fiber, this veggie is a diuretic, making it great for a detox. It aids your liver in naturally detoxing your body and is also a great way to get rid of bloating! Want to learn what else asparagus can do for you? Our Glossary of Foods has the facts!