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The 4 Fastest Foods to Naturally Detoxify the Body

Updated on June 27, 2011

Detoxifying your body can be a great addition to your diet and exercise regime, or even useful as a one-off cleanse or “special treat” for your body.

But what does it actually mean to detoxify yourself?

If you want to detoxify the body, then you need to realise that it’s about more than just abstaining from particular toxins or contaminants. No – if you want to properly detoxify your body, you need to not only cease consuming the toxins or pollutants, but also actively cleanse yourself of these same toxins and pollutants.


Because these same toxins and pollutants – while not always having an observable or noticeable effect on your general health (think: the frog that sits in a pot of slowly warming water, only to be boiled alive for failing to notice the increase in heat!), they can dramatically, if not a little covertly, affect the fundamental effectiveness of some of your bodies most important “systems” – such as your digestive system, your immune system and so on.

So what exactly is a toxin? What am I detoxifying myself from?

A toxin – and we’re talking about foods and consumables here, not toxins such as might be found in poisonous animals – is basically anything that you consume which has the capacity to not only affect your body, but also leave a residue of its trace within your bodies systems. Examples? Alcohol, caffeine and some preservatives found in common factory-prepared foods are also known to be toxins.

Why doesn’t anyone stop this?

Frankly, because it doesn’t kill anyone. Although consuming foods laiden with toxins isn’t necessarily going to kill you, it can impede your health enough that it will lead to complications in other areas of your health down the track. Until such time as the death or serious injury of somebody can be attributed to toxins, then their prevalence in factory-produced foods will continue.

The answer is to take responsibility for your own health and detoxify yourself!

In an age where the ingredient list for even a simple tin of food contains mostly unrecognisable ingredients – at least to the ordinary person - detoxifying the body just makes plain good sense.

If you’d like to detoxify the body, there’s almost as many ways to do it as there are people who’d like to cleanse themselves.

You can buy purpose made kits, which generally contain a series of fluids or solutions that you mix up and consume within the confines of a strict set of directions. The caveats of this approach are that you’ll generally have to follow a very strict diet or eating plan – perhaps even abstaining from food altogether – for the kit to be effective.

There is an easier way though, and it may be less disruptive to your lifestyle.

The answer is to use naturally occurring foods, incorporating them into your diet so that you can detoxify without all of the interruption, cost and nuisance of a over-the-counter kit.

So, what are the 4 food s that can help you detoxify the body fast?

1. Stinging Nettle Tea: purchased deliberately from stores, or easily prepared yourself, stinging nettle tea acts as a natural detoxifier for your body. Consumed in controlled amounts (too much, or poorly prepared stinging nettle tea, can cause digestive problems) stinging nettle tea is not only quite tasty, but easily incorporated into your diet over the long term to help you not only get cleansed, but stay cleansed.

2. Garlic: It’s ahuge help when trying to detoxify your body. Add it to salads or when cooking your main meals. As an added bonus, garlic is known to increase your heart’s health too.

3. Cabbage: The good news is that, although not particularly flavourful, cabbage is very easy to incorporate into your every day diet. Think healthy – though portion controlled stews and the like.

4. Water! OK, it’s really not exciting at all, but sometimes the most profound truths are also the simplest. Drink heaps of water to keep yourself properly hydrated, allowing the rest of your body’s systems to get into action cleaning itself up.

What about you? What foods have you discovered that detoxify the body fast? Let us know below...


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      Xeng 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for this well-researched article. :) I'll definitely try detoxifying through these things. :) good job.

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      yeng 5 years ago

      nice..more pls

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      This was fabulous my friend. I admit to knowing nothing about foods and I am going to keep learning from you

      great write

      kept me interested

      I thank you

      Keep on Hubbing