Top 12 Foods for Detoxification

Top 12 Foods for Detoxification

Use these foods in your next detox or make them a part of your regular diet and you will be able to efficiently remove toxins and cleanse your body.

Grapefruit - Grapefruit is rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers. It also contains a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.

Garlic - Garlic contains high amounts of compounds like allicin and selenium, which aid in liver cleansing and
also protect the liver from damage from toxicity. Crushing fresh garlic before cooking helps keep the heat from weakening the healthy effects of the allicin. Add garlic near the end of cooking to mellow out the sharp flavor and retain as many of the nutrients as possible. Crush or grate fresh, raw garlic and soak it in olive oil to sprinkle over salads or toss with pasta.

Supplements containing aged garlic are best to support your immune system and help your body to detox naturally. Consuming two to four fresh garlic cloves every day or taking between 600 mg and 1,200 mg of encapsulated or freeze-dried aged garlic is enough to help support your body as it detoxes itself.

Green Tea - Green tea is loaded with catechins, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. If you are trying to cut back on your coffee intake, green tea is a good substitute. It has some caffeine (about 15 to 40 mg per cup), but also contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). A potent antioxidant, EGCG may protect the liver against damage from toxins, prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and may help prevent heart disease and certain cancers.

Lemon & Lime - These two citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aid the body in converting toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps also stimulate the liver and bowel function. One of the most potent detox foods around, lemons are thought to help restore the alkaline-acid balance of the body, enabling us to more effectively remove dietary and environmental toxins.

Avocados - This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which promotes liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power.

Walnuts - Walnuts, which contain high levels of l-arginine, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, which assist in detoxification of the liver and disease-causing ammonia. They also help to oxygenate the blood.

Turmeric - Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.

Leafy Greens - Our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls and phytonutrients, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Apples - High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

Broccoli & Cauliflower - These cruciferous vegetables will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of the body which as a result, significantly lowers our risk of cancer.

Flaxseeds - These contain alpha-linolenic acid, a heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid that appears to improve how the body uses insulin, the hormone that clears sugar from the bloodstream. They also have soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps the body’s detoxification by promoting bowel regularity and helping the body to eliminate excess toxins, cholesterol and waste. Flaxseeds are also an excellent source of manganese.


Ginger - No list of detox foods would be complete without ginger. A natural anti-inflammatory food, ginger also helps to ease nausea, improve digestion, and promote detoxification by speeding the movement of food through the intestines, thanks to compounds called gingerols and shogaols.