Pricey juice cleanses that promise to help you detox are all the rage right now—but the idea that a liquid diet can help you eliminate harmful substances doesn’t really make sense, say nutritionists. Organs like your liver, kidneys, and intestines already get rid of harmful toxins in your body. What you can do? Promote the health of your detoxifying organs to naturally improve your body’s ability rid itself of toxins and waste. Have a look at the 5 foods that can help you detox naturally.
Foods high in the prebiotic inulin, like artichokes and asparagus, help promote the formation of probiotics in the gut (a.k.a., the good bacteria). “Some research has indicated that inulin and other prebiotic-containing foods may play a role in improving overall gut health, which can decrease the burden on the liver’s detoxifying role.
Nosh on cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, which are all high in fiber. These promote gut health, kidney health, and liver health by helping with excretion through your bowel movements. You’re promoting regularity and allowing for regular removal of toxins and waste.” Also important, is that these foods contain the phytochemical sulforaphane, which studies suggest may keep pre-carcinogenic cells from negatively impacting other cells in the body—thus supporting the health of all your organs.
Loading up on foods high in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, can help improve liver function by aiding in the production of glutathione, a compound that is essential for detoxification in the liver.
You’ve probably heard that eggs are the go-to “hangover helper,” right? It’s because they’re high cysteine, an amino acid that plays an important role in the breakdown of acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol metabolism. “By converting acetaldehyde into water and carbon dioxide, cysteine serves as our body’s own eliminator of this toxic compound.
The probiotics in kefir will help promote the health of beneficial gut bacteria so your body can more easily process and pass waste.