Foods that cleanse toxins from the body

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Foods that cleanse toxins from the body
Fruits and vegetables are helpful in cleansing the body of harmful toxins. (fruit and vegetables image by photo25th from Fotolia.com)

Eating certain foods to cleanse your body of harmful toxins can increase your energy, improve mood and fight illnesses. You are exposed to pesticides, trans fats and toxic chemicals in the environment on a daily basis, and over time these pollutants can harm your body's systems. Using a cleansing diet complete with balanced nutrition and vitamin-rich foods can help to restore health and protect against free radicals, according to JustCleansing.com. Although healthy foods serve as effective cleansing aids, you should consult a nutritionist to discuss any possible food allergies.

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Vegetables

The purpose of a full body cleanse is to reduce the amount of work your digestive system has to do, while nourishing your body with the energy it needs to function properly. For this reason, says Dr. Ben Kim in his article entitled "Full Body Cleanse: Diet", vegetables are ideal food choices for body cleanses, as they are extremely easy to digest. They are also naturally rich in water, which allows you to stay properly hydrated during the cleanse. For many people, grains, nuts and cooked animal products are more difficult to digest than vegetables, so cleansing with vegetables is not only easy on the digestive system but it will also nourish your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function. The best vegetables to consume during a cleanse include green leafy vegetables, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and carrots, among others.

Garlic

Garlic helps to cleanse the system and treat digestive disorders due to its content of diallyl sulphide. Eating garlic regularly helps to cleanse the body of harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses, particularly from your blood and intestines, according to Michelle Schoffro Cook, a six-time health book author. Garlic also helps to remove build-up in the arteries and protect against certain cancers due to its powerful antioxidant properties. In addition, garlic helps to cleanse the respiratory tract by driving out mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses. Cook recommends using only fresh garlic as opposed to garlic powder for the health benefits, as powder does not hold the same properties.

Fruits

Similar to vegetables, fruits have powerful properties that help to cleanse the organs, including your liver, intestines, kidneys and skin. Eating fruits can help to ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, second-hand smoke and other toxins in the environment, according to Cook. Apples are high in pectin, which is a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and eliminates the toxins that build up in the intestines. Blueberries help to reduce the harmful effects of chronic inflammation while decreasing associated pain, and are also effective in protecting against bacteria build-up in the urinary tract to help prevent infections. Grapefruit has significant antiviral compounds that help to cleanse harmful viruses out of the body, making the fruit an effective detoxifying agent for the intestines and liver.

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