Those very interested in keeping their system in tip-top shape periodically detoxify. This is to clear out any unwanted substances from foods, pollution from the environment, and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the average person has 140 toxic chemicals inhabiting their body at any one time. These can cause migraines, allergies, fatigue, and so much more. There are lots of ways to detoxify the body such as fasting, temporarily taking part in a raw food diet, or doing a juice cleanse. However, Medical Daily reports that adding a few detoxifying foods to your diet has much the same effect. Eat these foods on a regular basis and you will boost your body’s ability to clean itself.
With metals in the environment and food additives in our diets, what are we to do? Soluble fiber pectin is one such nutrient that clears these away, found in abundance in apples. Aluminum and lead unfortunately are in our air and water. A buildup of these can interfere with the metabolism and the immune system. So eating an apple a day may not seem like such a bad idea after all.
Whenever you bring up artichokes, lovers consider the heart. But there are a lot of nutrients and even anti-aging properties found in the leaves so don’t skip out on them. Healthline says artichokes contain the most antioxidants, elements that eliminate pesky free radicals that can lead to aging, sickness, even cancer. Phytonutrients silymarin and cynarin aid in digestion, gall bladder and liver functioning, found in abundance in artichokes. These phytonutrients help the liver clear out toxins. Beets are overall amazing when it comes to detoxification. Known as the “blood cleaner,” beets are full of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron which replenish the body, but also help to flush out toxins. Beets are jam-packed with antioxidants and are known to help with liver toxicity, diarrhea, food poisoning, hepatitis, and so many other ailments.
The root ginger has lots of toxin flushing properties, due to two compounds found within it, gingerol and shoda. These help support digestion, too. Not only does it turn up the taste, it boosts the immune system. Try ginger tea, adding ginger to stir fries and baking with ginger. Finally, the common onion is far more helpful than we give it credit for. Onions contain sulfuric amino acids perfect for pulling out mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and tin from your system. This is according to research published in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. Adding the right foods to your diet will help protect your system while promoting good overall health.