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This article was written on 06 Apr 2013, and is filled under Healthy Food.

Staying Healthy With Top Detox Foods

A sad truth: we can’t keep toxins from entering our bodies. They come from the air, water and food. They are the ever-present chemicals in our environment. That being said, it doesn’t mean we should just shrug and let it be – if we cannot do much to prevent the absorption of toxins, we can do something to neutralise them!

There are various detox methods out there, from fasting and drinking a lot of water, to visiting sauna and staying positive to minimise the effects of stress. However, a simple way to consistently help your body eliminate the toxins from the system is to incorporate the right foods into your everyday diet. Here are some of them.

Apples are high in insoluble fibre and contain glucaric acid. Effective against: heavy metals and estrogen-like chemicals.

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre, while being low in calories. You can’t go wrong with blueberries – they are a delicious detox superfood!

Almonds work great as a replacement for cow’s milk. You can eat them as a snack or you can try making almond milk – it’s healthy and tasty!

Arugula is a vegetable similar to broccoli and is packed with vitamins (C and K), minerals (magnesium) and various other compounds which boost detoxification.

Cabbage is high in glucosinolates, which turn into compounds that eliminate carcinogens from the body. This is another vegetable rich in vitamins C and K, while being very low in calories.

Garlic helps your body fight against harmful bacteria and increases your body’s detox abilities! One of the best detox foods out there, garlic may also reduce the risk of heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Beets contain fibre, folate, potassium and antioxidants. They protect against liver damage and are a highly valuable detox food.

Flaxseeds are rich in insoluble and soluble fibre, as well as an omega-3 fatty acid that is good for the heart. They help eliminate cholesterol.

Ginger is famous for its anti-inflammatory effects. It also improves digestion and speeds up the detox process.

Seaweeds are extremely rich in minerals, which boost body’s natural detoxification process, speeding up the elimination of toxins.

Lemons improve the efficiency of the body to remove dietary and environmental toxins, and of course, lemons are among top sources of vitamin C!

Green Tea is a great antioxidant – it may protect your liver, heart and may reduce the risk from certain cancers. Since it contains caffeine, you can drink green tea instead of coffee!

A tip for the end: you might also want to check which foods to avoid, as well as a sample menu to kick-start your healthy habit!