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12 Detox Foods To Try


Detoxification is an essential part of achieving sound health. But, cleansing the body with artificially prepared medicines is never a good choice.

Hence, opting for the natural way may help you get the essential nutrients to keep the metabolism high and detoxify the body.

You may find multiple food items, including fruits, vegetables, and beverages that contain several detoxifying compounds.

Consuming these valuable food items prevents the body from toxic reactions. Hence, this article will list the 12 best food items for natural detoxification of the body.

12 Detox Foods

  1. Lemon

    Lemons are a beneficial citrus fruit with numerous health benefits. You may find a lemon in multiple detox diets that significantly detoxify the body.

    Lemons are rich in an antioxidant, Vitamin C, which may help you fight against free radicals and prevent your skin from oxidative damage.

    Moreover, lemon’s nutrient content may help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

    The study[1] shows that lemons have an alkaline effect on the body resulting in a balanced pH level.

    Furthermore, the citrus fruit has always been considered an immunity booster.

    Hence, you may consider consuming lemon juice with boiled water to remove toxins and harmful substances from the body.

  2. Beetroot

    Do you know that beetroot acts as a detoxification agent for the body? Beetroots are a highly preferred detoxification food that may help cleanse the harmful substances present in the body.

    Beetroots are primarily rich in several essential vitamins and minerals that may help keep you healthy.

    Moreover, the nutrients like magnesium, iron, Vitamin C, etc., could help lower the toxin levels in the body.

    Research[2] has revealed that beetroot consumption may help to remove toxins from the skin, hair, etc., and balance the cholesterol levels in the blood.

    Hence, it would be best if you consume at least a glass of beetroot juice or salad twice a week.

  3. Green Tea

    Green tea is a universal beverage primarily preferred for multiple health benefits. Healthy tea has been a medicine for centuries and is the best treatment[3] for several conditions.

    Green tea contains caffeine and several other antioxidants that play a significant role in fighting against free radicals.

    The active compounds in green tea may help lower oxidative stress and prevent the body’s outer covering from damage.

    A study[4] concludes that people drinking green tea regularly may prevent themselves from chronic diseases like cancer.

    Moreover, green tea may enhance the production of several detoxification enzymes to keep the body toxin free.

  4. Brown Rice

    Brown rice is another essential food item that may help you detoxify the body.

    Experts say that less processed and healthy whole grains like brown rice could be beneficial[5] for internally cleaning the body.

    Brown rice consists of several vital nutrients, including vitamins and minerals like B Vitamins, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium that help in cleansing.

    Moreover, brown rice contains a high amount of fiber that may help to clean the colon.

    On the other hand, the selenium content in the grains may help[6] detoxify the liver and enhance the body’s complexion.

    Hence, it would help if you consider consuming brown rice sometimes to nourish your body with essential elements required for detoxification.

  5. Watercress

    You may consider consuming some aquatic plants like watercress to enhance detoxification activities in the body.

    It is a leaf vegetable, widely consumed for its peppery taste and multiple health benefits, including heart diseases and blood pressure.

    The tiny watercress leaves contain several beneficial macro and micronutrients like B Vitamins, potassium, zinc, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C.

    Some of these nutrients are good antioxidants that may help protect the skin cells from harmful radiation.

    Moreover, research[7] says that watercress may have diuretic properties. Hence, consuming watercress in the diet may increase urination resulting in increased flushing of toxins.

    Therefore, you may add some watercress leaves to your salad to keep your body internally clean and detoxified.

  6. Apples

    Apples are a magical fruit that could help you in multiple ways. Generally, apples contain various compounds and nutrients that may enhance the body’s detoxification process.

    Apples contain some phytochemicals and pectin alongside various vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help detoxify the body, as per the study[8].

    Some experts say that pectin may help to remove harmful toxins like mercury and lead from the body.

    Apple contains beneficial acids like malic and tartaric acid that may improve digestion.

    Moreover, if you consume apples with skin, you may supply your body with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C.

    You may consider consuming organic apples as they have higher antioxidant concentrations.

  7. Grapes

    Grapes are small, oval-shaped, tiny balls with numerous health benefits. Primarily, grapes offer detoxification benefits.

    Hence, they are used as a mono diet to improve the body’s toxin levels. Grapes quickly eliminate metabolic waste and significantly purifies and detoxify the body.

    Some experts[9] believe that grapes attain a high level of detoxification by stimulating the excretory organs, including the liver, kidney, intestine, skin, etc.

    Another study[10] showed that grapes may have a mild diuretic effect on the body resulting in the removal of harmful toxins via urine.

    Furthermore, grapes are the wealthiest source of potassium that helps balance the body’s fluid levels.

  8. Berries

    Berries contain a high amount of antioxidants like Vitamin C, hence, they are a potential detox food.

    You may consume all types of berries, including strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, etc., to help detoxify your body.

    According to experts[11], one cup of blackberries may supply up to 8 grams of fiber. Fiber-rich foods are beneficial in improving digestion resulting in enhanced detoxification.

    Moreover, berry consumption may produce a fatty acid called butyrate, responsible for weight loss and lean body structure.

    As per some dieticians, you should follow the perfect way of consuming berries to get the highest benefit. You should start by crushing the berries and extracting the juice.

    Then, mix the juice with water and allow it to rest for a few minutes before consumption.

  9. Cabbage

    Cabbage is another leafy green vegetable that offers multiple benefits to its consumers.

    The vegetable contains several antioxidant and anticancer compounds that may help the liver to enhance hormone breakdown.

    Moreover, cabbage contains some additional compounds that could be beneficial in cleaning the digestive tract.

    Some experts believe cabbage has the potential to detoxify some harmful compounds entered due to cigarette smoking.

    The study[12] revealed that cabbage releases a compound, glutathione, which may increase the liver’s ability to detoxify harmful toxins and improve health.

    Another vital chemical, sulforaphane, found in cabbage, may enhance the body’s ability to fight toxic substances.

  10. Garlic

    Garlic has always been a beneficial food for heart patients. But, the food item may also help in the detoxification process in the body.

    As per this research[13], garlic has shown antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties; hence, it may effectively resist the growth of such microbes.

    Moreover, garlic contains a bioactive compound called allicin, which may help enhance the production of white blood cells.

    Hence, an increase in WBC concentration in the blood may improve the body’s fighting ability against foreign substances.

    Some researchers[14] have reported that garlic may inhibit the growth of carcinogens and prevent DNA from external damage.

    You may consume raw garlic or crushed garlic in salads or dishes to get maximum advantage.

  11. Avocados

    Avocados are dark green, magical fruits with numerous antioxidants and essential nutrients.

    Avocado has been widely preferred to treat several health conditions and lower severe symptoms of diseases.

    Apart from these benefits, avocado may help detoxify the body and excrete disease-causing foreign particles from the body.

    Avocados could be beneficial for lowering[15] the risk of obesity, heart problems, and diabetic issues.

    But, the fatty acids in avocado may help prevent the body from d-galactosamine’s effect.

    The fatty acid is a liver toxin that causes severe damage to the liver leading to liver failure in some cases.

    Therefore, you should include avocado in your regular diet to decrease the toxin concentration[16] in the body.

  12. Turmeric

    Turmeric is a widely used spice with vibrant color and medicinal values. Due to its antimicrobial activities, turmeric has been significantly used as medicine for ages.

    Research[17] has concluded that turmeric has properties of antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, etc.

    Hence, the yellow spice is also used to heal any wound faster. Besides such benefits, turmeric may enhance[18] an individual’s immunity and digestive system.

    Curcumin is an active compound found in turmeric that gives a vibrant yellow color to the spice. Moreover, curcumin has shown better absorption abilities.

    But, you may consider mixing turmeric with black pepper, as it would enhance the absorptive abilities of the spice.


It is essential to keep the body detoxified for better health and growth. Hence, consuming healthy and detoxifying food items and beverages is a beneficial choice to excrete harmful substances.

All the above food items on the list have benefited humans in the internal cleaning of the body. Therefore, picking and adding a few things to your diet may help you stay detoxified.


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