As much as we would love it, no single food or meal plan will cleanse out your organs or detox your body in one go. That being said, including foods in your diet that strengthen and boost the function of our already existing detox organs, the kidneys and liver, will make sure your body is detoxing itself regularly and efficiently. Add the below foods to your meals regularly to make sure you are nourishing your body just the way it deserves
Beetroots improve blood circulation to all your major organs and can directly decrease blood pressure as well as boost liver function due to the high number of antioxidants and nitrates present in them.
For a fruit so small, blueberries do big, wonderful things to our bodies. A recent study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that daily blueberry consumption supported healthy liver function and prevented progression of early stage liver diseases. The high content of dietary fiber in blueberries also promotes the passing of food waste from your body. Berries, like strawberries and raspberries, are also incredibly high in antioxidants that help flush your body of toxins. Cranberries are excellent for urinary tract health, targeting bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. Always choose the berry itself over juice, to avoid added sugars that ruin the benefits of the berry.
Broccoli consumption has been shown in various studies to boost levels of detox liver enzymes due to them containing a compound called sulforaphane, which can turn on genes associated with liver enzymes.
Cabbage is rich in vitamin C and sulphur, two potent detoxifying agents which work to remove free radicals from your body and prevent internal cellular damage.
Cinnamon can regulate glucose levels as well as being a powerful antibacterial agent. Excess blood glucose levels affect kidney function and decrease detoxification rates. Sprinkle some cinnamon to your morning smoothies, oats or add a teaspoon to your usual hot drinks.
Garlic is one of the most potent anti inflammatory agents you can add to your meals. The high levels of vitamin C support your immune system and liver, and alicin is a unique compound in garlic largely responsible for its antibacterial properties.
Polyphenols, antioxidant-rich phytochemicals found in green tea leaves, help to detoxify the body by eliminating harmful free radicals. Want to take things a step further? Try out matcha green tea for an even more concentrated source of polyphenols.
Onions play a flavorful role in liver health due to it being high in the antioxidant quercetin. Human and animal studies have shown that quercetin supplements reduce the accumulation of dangerous abdominal and liver fat. Quercetin even helps prevent the development of cancer cells in the liver.
Pineapple contains a powerful digestive enzyme called bromelain which boosts colon function and promotes digestion of food. Try it sliced fresh, blended into smoothies, or sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted for a unique and delicious treat.
An obvious one that too many of us slide to the back of our minds daily. Staying hydrated is necessary for optimal kidney function. Add a squeeze of lemon to increase hydration, and drink up!