Whether you’ve been stuffing yourself this past week or just feel the need to cleanse your digestive tracts, these foods can help you detox the natural way.
A powerful live detoxer, this superfood helps your liver purge toxins while increasing its bile production to aid the body in breaking down foods and absorb nutrients better.
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Not only does this bitter fruit help with your body’s weight loss diet (a big plus!), but it also helps get your body ready for the detoxification process, all while pumping it with vitamins and nutrients.
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A free-radical warrior, this veggie is also a great detoxer as it cleanses the liver and pumps the body with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s no wonder a glass of beets juice is in many detox plans.
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Another liver detoxer that you should load up on, plus it helps boost your body’s immune system. To get more garlic in your diet, you can easily add it to stir-fry dishes or prepare garlic toasts.
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You will likely come across this fruit in most detox diets. It helps your body’s digestion by flushing out toxins and is also packed with vitamin C to boost immunity and ward off minor infections. Simply drink a small cup of freshly-squeezed lemon juice daily or added lemon slices to your flask of water.
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A super veggie that has been getting a lot of attention, kale is not only a nutrient-rich green but can also help your kidneys flush out the unwanted stuff. Add to salads or blend into your smoothie to get its benefits.
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Don’t underestimate the detoxification powers of this common veggie; the cabbage soup diet is one of the more popular diet plans. It’s rich in glucosinolate content, which helps detoxify and strengthen the liver.
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Probiotics in yoghurt aids digestion and helps your body balance its bacteria composition with live cultures (good bacteria). Make sure to choose natural or Greek yoghurt to get the best out of it.
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Claming for both your digestive function and mind, green tea is also beneficial for your liver by helping it detox thanks to the antioxidant-rich properties. Drink a cup at the end of the day to reap its benefits.
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Water helps your body flush out toxins. Up your water intake with watermelon, known to have one of the highest water content among fruits, with 92 per cent alkaline water content. It cleanses the kidneys and bladder and helps maintain an alkaline pH, while boosting your body with vitamins and nutrients.
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Text: Sean Tan / Singapore Women’s Weekly / June 2016
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