10 Foods That Help Detox And Cleanse To Lose Weight

Did you know that some foods are proven to detox and cleanse your major fat-burning organs and in the process, help you get slimmer in less time?

These 10 potent detoxifying foods can detox your liver, cleanse your kidneys and gall bladder, ignite your body’s super-filter and help you to get leaner and more energetic in less time!

Let’s get started…

  1. Garlic

garlic

Garlic is a big part of the Mediterranean diet for a good reason!

It’s a powerful antioxidant (2) which has the ability to activate enzymes in the liver and improve toxin elimination.

All you need to do is crush 2 cloves of raw garlic into your food near to the end of the cooking (so as not to overcook the cloves) each day in order to get the maximum detox benefits from this amazing food.

  1. Lemon

lemon

A little squeezed lemon juice in a glass of tepid water in the morning is very effective for waking up the liver as well as providing you with some much needed stomach acid to improve digestion.

Lemon is rich in vitamin C that neutralizes free radicals produced at the beginning of detoxification.

The naturally produced high concentration of vitamin C helps the body synthesize the toxins and eliminate them through the urine.

In addition to that, the natural vitamin C in lemons has proven slimming properties: Research indicates that vitamin C facilitates the oxidation of body fat during exercise (3).

So if you’re exercising at all (even walking) and talking a drink of lemon water each morning, you could be helping yourself burn more fat!

  1. Avocado

avocadoAlong with asparagus, avocado is one of the best plant sources of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant whose main storage center is the liver.

When glutathione levels are too low, the liver is weakened and no longer adequately eliminate toxins.

On the other hand, when you raise glutathione with the help of foods such as avocado and asparagus, your liver ramps up its detoxifying work in the body.

As more toxins can be eliminated this way, this balances your hormones, priming your body to burn the correct amount of calories.

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  1. Dandelion

dandelion

Dandelion is perhaps the best of all detox herbs and foods.

Iit promotes the increased secretion of bile and the elimination of foods the intestine.

It stimulates the digestive function, it is diuretic (stimulates the elimination of water, including water retention) and accelerates detoxing.

The Dandelion leaves can be eaten fresh in salads, mixed with baby spinach and wild salad.

Green leafy vegetables have the ability to bind heavy metals. The more bitter the plant (think chicory, dandelion, arugula) the more beneficial it is for the liver.

  1. Black Radish

radishes

Evidence proves that black radish stimulates detoxifying enzymes produced by the liver. (4)

Black radish consumption is especially recommended after eating rich foods or drinking alcohol.

If you do not like crunching it you can just take 1 tablespoon of horseradish juice 2 to 3 times / day for a powerful detox.

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  1. Desmodium

desmodium

This plant in Equatorial Africa protects and repairs the liver cells.

It is traditionally used in the early treatment of hepatitis and to avoid changes in the liver related to chemotherapy.

It’s not easy to find so finding it in supplement form may be the best for you.

  1. Calcium D Glucarate

calciumNaturally present in small quantities in the body, Calcium D Glucarate has the property of increasing the elimination of carcinogenic substances, hormones and chemicals by a bonding phenomenon.

Once the substances bonded together, they are eliminated by the biliary system.

  1. Turmeric

turmericThis is the preferred spice of your liver. (5)

There is evidence that the cucurmine or turmeric, stimulates liver detoxification and protects the liver.

It is also a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice.

When Combined with black pepper, turmeric can also protect you from colon cancer. For those who don’t enjoy the taste you can also take it as a capsule.

  1. Milk Thistle

milk-thistleAnother one of our favorite detox plants, Milk Thistle’s active ingredient is sylmarine. 

Milk thistle helps treat liver poisoning and can hinder the development of cirrhosis (6).

In one study, the blood glucose increase after a meal was 37% less when using this plant, when compared to 19% for the placebo group. This means that not only can it help your liver to detox, it can also help regulate weight by controlling blood glucose levels.

  1. Alpha Lipoic Acid

spinach

This supplement is a super antioxidant that can be found in cruciferous vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, sprouts and bok choi.

Its use prevents fat accumulation in the liver by stimulating specific liver enzymes. (7)

4 Foods Never To Eat If You Want To Lose Belly Fat

Remember that eating more of these herbs and foods as part detox and cleanse diet is only half the journey to a slim, toned body.

What is even more important is finding out which foods can secretly be causing weight gain without your knowledge.

Mostly, these foods either contain toxins that can alter your hormones or cause spikes in your insulin levels which can cause your body to store fat where you don’t want it.

To help you with this, we’ve created this video:

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References:

  1. Colon Cleansing Has No Benefit But Many Side Effects Including Vomiting and Death. Ranit Mishori .The journal of Family Practice. August 2011
  2. Chemists Shed Light On Health Benefits Of Garlic. January 31, 2009. Queen’s University
  3.  Strategies for Healthy Weight Loss: From Vitamin C to the Glycemic Response. Journal of the American College of nutrition, 2005
  4.  Aqueous extract from Spanish black radish (Raphanus sativus L. Var. niger) induces detoxification enzymes in the HepG2 human hepatoma cell line. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Aug 8.
  5. Curcuma longa (turmeric). Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2001 sept 06.
  6. Identification of hepatoprotective flavonolignans from silymarin.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Mar 30
  7.  Alpha-lipoic acid improves high-fat diet-induced hepatic steatosis by modulating the transcription factors SREBP-1, FoxO1 and Nrf2 via the SIRT1/LKB1/AMPK pathway.Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Vol. 25, Issue 11 July 2015.