Apples. Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines.
Asparagus Like many vegetables, asparagus has very low sugar content, zero fat, a low glycemic index, smart carbs and lots of fiber. Asparagus is one of the few vegetables containing a carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin promotes the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.
Avocados. We rarely think of avocados as a cleansing food but these nutritional powerhouses lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
Beets. Time to whip up some delicious borscht soup since its main ingredient, beets, contain a unique mixture of natural plant compounds that make them superb blood purifiers and liver cleansers.
Blueberries. Truly one of the most powerful healing foods, blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They also have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.
Cabbage. Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.
Celery and Celery Seeds. Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers and contain many different anti-cancer compounds that help detoxify cancer cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. It is particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.
Cranberries. Cleanse your body from harmful bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in your urinary tract with cranberries since they contain antibiotic and antiviral substances.
Cruciferous Vegetables Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil. Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the Omega-3s, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are essential for many cleansing functions throughout the body.
Garlic. Eat garlic to cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses from your body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse build-up from the arteries and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. Additionally, garlic assists with cleansing the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses. For the health benefits, choose only fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.
Grapefruit. Add a ruby red grapefruit to your breakfast to benefit from pectin fiber that binds to cholesterol, thereby cleansing the blood. Pectin also binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body. It also has antiviral compounds that cleanse harmful viruses out of the body. Grapefruit is an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier.
Green TeaThis liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.
Leafy Greens One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver. Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
Legumes. Add a handful of cooked beans to your next meal since they loaded with fiber that helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestines, and regulates blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.
Lemons & Limes. Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons and limes contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.
Olive Oil Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.
Seaweed. Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, they are powerhouses of minerals and trace minerals.
Turmeric The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me up. Turmerichelps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.
Walnuts Holding high amount of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support normal liver cleansing actions.
Watercress. If you haven’t tried watercress add this delicious green to your next sandwich since it increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.
Foods To Avoid During a Cleanse
Alcohol can affect the participation of liver in the process of colon cleansing. Avoid taking alcohol in any quantity to let the process work more efficiently. Going further, you may be taking few colon cleansing food ingredients that can react with alcohol to produce damaging effects. It is better to give away the habit of drinking for few weeks and drink moderately after the completion of colon cleansing.
Dairy No dairy intake is allowed. This means no milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, nothing that has to do with dairy.
Fried Foods You must limit your fondness for fried foods while cleaning your colon. Just like other bad food items, fried foods too are difficult to digest. Moreover, these food items can irritate the bowel movement. Remember that a healthy bowel movement is necessary to make colon cleansing effective. Giving away fried foods should help fast removal of accumulated toxins from your colon.
Pasta & Wheat is not allowed during a cleanse as it will stop your body’s natural cleansing process. Keep in mind that all grains will slow your cleansing process, so the more you eat, the slower you’ll cleanse.
Processed Foods that undergo the process of preservation come out with added preservatives like sugar and sodium. These ingredients are strictly prohibited for people who are making efforts to clean their colon. In fact, this is the reason that health experts recommend eating less quantity of processed foods even if your colon is healthy.
Red Meat is an excellent source of proteins, but it is criticized for damaging the colon health. This is because of the fact that red meat usually takes more than 2 days to get fully digested. The prolonged presence of red meat in the digestive system can significantly affect your colon cleansing efforts. It is better if you switch to some other good protein sources while detoxifying your colon. Lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey and eggs are good options.
Sugar is another food component that is hard for the colon to digest. It is recommended by health experts to avoid soft drinks that contain sugar in high amount. Cookies, chocolates and other sugary items should also be limited in consumption. You can adopt the healthy habit of drinking fruit juices. Going further, you can replace sugar with small amounts of honey in your daily preparations to promote good colon health.