18 Best Detox Cleanse Fruits and Vegetables To Have in Your Diet
It seems everyone is talking about cleanse detox diets but those diets are usually based on calorie and food restrictions to cleanse the body.
Rather than going on a strict diet regimen, a better way to detox your body is to just increase your consumption of specific whole foods that naturally cleanse the body..
Cleansing your body of toxins can help with many chronic ailments like weight gain, inflammation, skin problems, tiredness, and so much more. Here is our list of naturally cleansing foods that also work great in detox smoothies :
Apples have high amounts of pectin which is a fiber that attaches to heavy metals and cholesterol in the body and helps cleanse the intestines. Apples are popular in detox recipes because they are high in fiber and water and have been found to support weight loss.
Other health benefits of apples include promoting health gut bacteria, healthy lung function from antioxidants, lowering type 2 diabetes, and lowering risk of heart disease.
Not only are Avocados a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats but they have a nutrient called glutathione which blocks certain unhealthy fats. It also helps block dozens of potential carcinogens and detoxifies the liver.
Did you know ? Guacamole with its use of avocado and cilantro was found to more beneficial that 22 other types of fruits at fighting liver damage.
Beets are well known as a liver cleanser and body purifier. The bright red in beets are caused by an important plant compound called betalains which have important anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties. Related article: Beet Smoothie Recipes
Blueberries are believed to have the highest antioxidant levels of ALL common vegetables and fruits(studies 1&2). Blueberries have beneficial antibiotic properties and assist in the blocking of certain bacteria in the urinary tract.
They also help combat heart disease and are rich in vitamins like B6, Vitamin C and potassium. Many people don’t realize that blueberries have fiber which assists in lowering cholesterol.
Overall, blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients so make sure to include them in your your diet.
Broccoli known for its powerful antioxidant properties and science has found that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli helps reduce the risk of certain cancers. Broccoli is higher in protein than most vegetables and is a rich source of vitamins like Vitamin C, K, B9 Folate, Manganese, Potassium, and Iron.
I know cabbage doesn’t sound that exciting to eat but it is easy to blend into smoothie and is rich in vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin C, K and Vitamin B6.
Cabbage also has antioxidant and anticancer compounds. Cabbage helps cleanse the digestive tract AND detoxifies the liver.
Celery is rich in vitamin K and also contains other important vitamins. A lot people don’t realize that Celery contains many anti-inflammatory substances that help lower inflammation. Celery also support healthy liver function and digestion.
Overall, there are a lot of benefits of Celery and it is very popular in many detox and weight loss recipes due to its cleansing properties.
We have all heard that drinking cranberry juice is good for us. That is because cranberries contain antibiotic and immune boosting properties to fight off bacteria. Cranberries really are a superfood rich in Vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup.
Cranberries have more disease fighting antioxidants than almost every fruit and vegetable(except blueberries).
Cucumbers are widely used in detox recipes because they are a natural diuretic which helps the body flush toxins and water. They also help to fight inflammation and contain important vitamins like B Vitamins for stress and C Vitamins for antioxidants.
Cucumbers are VERY low in calories yet have filing fiber so they are excellent not only for its cleaning properties but also weight loss.
10. Goji Berries
Goji berries are often referred to as a superfood because they have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots.
Vitamin C help remove waste in the body and beta carotene supports a healthy liver.
Grapefruit is rich in pectin fiber which helps to remove cholesterol and heavy metals in the body. Grapefruit is great for detoxing the liver and cleansing the intestinal tract.
Kale is in the cruciferous vegetable family which has been studied to help with disease prevention like colorectal cancer. Kale is high in fiber to help cleanse the intestinal tract.
It also has excellent antioxidant properties and has even been found to help combat some of the toxins from second hand smoke.
Lemons are commonly used in any detox recipe especially in juicing. Lemons help aid digestion, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the system.
Lemons are loaded in vitamin C which helps the body cleanse harmful chemicals. In fact, even just drinking lemon water can provide amazing benefits.
14. Onions and Garlic
Many people have heard that consuming onions and garlic help fight off the flu. This is because both of these foods contain flavonoids that increase production of a powerful liver antioxidant called glutathione.
There are many other health benefits including reducing blood pressure, improving health cholesterol levels, and detoxifying heavy metals.
Overall, onions and garlic work great to combat bacteria, boost the immune system, and detoxify the body.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and contains a protein digesting enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain works as a natural anti-inflammatory and is used by people who suffer from joint pain.
Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants and help boost the immune system. This unique fruit contains two unique compounds called Punicalagins and Punicic Acid which give it its amazing health properties.
Pomegranate have amazing anti-inflammatory properties and has been studies to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and colon(1&2). It has also been studied to help reduce prostrate cancer, lower blood pressure, help fight arthritis, and lower unhealthy cholesterol.
There are so many benefits of Pomegranate fruit that everyone should include it in their diet.
Strawberries have high levels of vitamin C and help cleanse the body of toxins. Strawberries is rich in nutrients and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Tip – Add strawberries to your water as a natural detox.
Watermelons are about 92% water but is still loaded with health nutrients like Vitamin B6, A, antioxidants, and amino acids.
Watermelon is especially rich in lycopene which is the antioxidant that gives watermelon is rich red color. Lycopene has been links to supporting heart health, bone health, and healthy prostrate. It also contains citruline which helps the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia.
Another interesting benefit of watermelon as it has been shown to relief muscle soreness and have anti-inflammatory properties.
TIP – The riper(redder) the watermelon, the more nutrients you will get from it.
I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite fruits and vegetables that naturally help cleanse your body. Please share and comment below if you have any favorites or any detox smoothies that you like.