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14 Foods for Cleansing Diet and Weightloss or Healthier Body

Updated on July 26, 2019
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I worked alongside top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor educated me on health tips I am proud to share.

Cleansing Food vs Cleansing Diet

Cleansing food refers to a diet that eliminates toxins from the body - detoxification. Some people perform a stringent cleansing diet that is short-term but extreme. The extreme diet uses detox food and other means such as not eating certain kinds of food while on the cleanse that keeps the process short.

You can eat detox food your whole life to keep your body in shape and vibrant, which is the intent of learning about cleansing food in this article. The types of cleansing diets vary and depend on personal preference.

They tend to follow basic principles that are effective and temporary. Basic principles include:

  • Eat only organic foods and stop ingesting harmful chemicals like pesticides, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and diet drinks that contain modified sweeteners.
  • Eat only foods that contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants, in general, because they help detox the body.
  • Eat foods that help the body eliminate food from the body like fiber-rich foods and water.

Some cleansing diets consist of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables without eating any solid food. Other diets include solid food like fruits and vegetables, and some consist of a variety of foods.

"a period when you stop taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, or drugs into your body for a period of time, in order to improve your health:

She went on a 48-hour detox, eating nothing but grapes.

a detox diet"

— What does "detox" mean? - Cambridge Dictionary

Cleansing Food List

Including cleansing food in your daily diet helps you experience a revived and healthier body. Foods that detoxify the body lowers its weight while cleansing -- even helps you look better and better each day.

The first thing you do before anything else is listing the foods that cleanse your body. I will help you with that as you keep reading. That way, you will eat more food that helps your body get better and better. Start taking notes as you read about the different kinds of detox food, so you can pick up the following foods next time you go shopping at your local grocery store.

Organic Food

Most produce is cleansing food if it is organic. Go to your local grocery store or farmer's market and buy the freshest organic produce available. Organic produce does not contain pesticides or other toxic chemicals.

"not using artificial chemicals in the growing of plants and animals for food and other products:

organic food/fruit/farms/farmers"

— Organic Definition - Cambridge Dictionary

1. Drink More Water

Water flushes toxins out of the body.

You need to double the amount of water you drink a day. The more water compared to what you usually drink as you include these detox foods in your daily diet.

If you drink four cups of water a day, you need to increase it to eight cups a day. If you drink six cups of water a day, you need to increase it to 12 cups and so forth. The more water you drink, the better for your body.

2. Green Leaf Vegetables

Chlorophyll is a great liver protector.

Look for green leafy vegetables, including spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, and arugula. Green leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll aids the body by cleansing the environmental toxins like pesticides and heavy metals from the body. You can include them in a healthy, warm broth when you get home.

3. Organic Lemon Juice

Now that you are drinking more water trying adding one fresh squeezed organic lemon juice in a glass of water, and drink it every morning as a detox ritual. Everyone knows lemons are a great source of vitamin C. But, not everyone knows that vitamin C is a detoxifying vitamin. When the body consumes lemons, the fruit takes the toxins and transforms them into water-soluble substance and flushes them out of the body.

Watercress is a water-loving plant and encourages the body to urinate. The plant is tasty in salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Watercress is a water-loving plant and encourages the body to urinate. The plant is tasty in salads, sandwiches, and soups. | Source

4. Watercress

Don’t pass up organic watercress because a handful of the little greens, if organic and thoroughly clean is rich in different kinds of minerals. You can put the plant in your salads, sandwiches, and even soups. Organic Watercress is crunchy, tasty, and peppery. The little green leaves have a diuretic influence (increases urine production) on the body, which eliminates toxins from the system.

5. Garlic Liver Detox

The body’s liver cleanses the body, so it’s a smart idea to activate the liver enzymes by consuming organic garlic. Just add it to all your dishes from spreads to salads. Another blessing is that it’s good for the heart.

6. Green Tea

Some experts say green tea is a cleansing brew, but I have my doubts. Still, it doesn’t hurt to sip the fertile antioxidant tea filled with catechins. Sources say it catechins speeds up liver performance.

7. Broccoli Sprouts

When you arrive at the broccoli sprouts in the produce section, pick an organic bunch but make sure they are fresh not yellow. You want tight, dark green sprouts. These organic sprouts contain more cancer-fighting enzymes than their grown-ups.

8. Sesame Seeds Tahini or Paste

The liver is a vital organ of the body.

It is wise to keep it in top condition. One way is adding sesame seeds to your diet. Though they are hard to digest, consuming them in a concentration like tahini or paste is a perfect way to keep your liver healthy for your body.

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9. Psyllium Powder

Buying psyllium powder and adding it your juice is beneficial to the body. The plant cleans up toxins and even cholesterol since it is rich in fiber.

10. Cabbage

Cabbage is a popular vegetable, but it contains a substance that activates the detoxifying enzymes in your liver. Grab an organic cabbage at the produce section and make a large bowl of coleslaw.

11. Mango

Sink your teeth into a juicy, ripe mango because it contains vitamin C and lots of antioxidants. Orangic mangos are a delicious treat.

12. Peach

Fleshy peach is jammed with vitamin C, nutritious fluids, antioxidants, and fiber. Eat them when they are in season and organic.

"​a chemical substance that prevents or slows down the damage that oxygen does to organisms or to food:

Vitamin C's antioxidant activity may help boost immune function and may make some people feel better.

She takes the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and folic acid in women's multivitamins."

— Antioxidant Definition - Cambridge Dictionary
Cleansing foods like berries help detoxify the body.
Cleansing foods like berries help detoxify the body. | Source

13. Berries

Organic Berries include raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. They are rich in vitamin C and contain tons of antioxidants. Eat them when they are seasonal because their nutritional value is high.

14. Apple

A crisp organic apple contains nutritious fluids, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a true statement. Eat an apple in the middle of the day for a great pick me up.

Noticeable Change

Keep making a list of detox food. Just keep adding these vegetables, fruits, and fiber to your diet, and your body will detox while cleansing. Eventually, you will see a noticeable change in your outlook on life and the way your body feels better.

© 2018 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      14 months ago from Northern California

      Gregory, It does sound hot! That is great on the savings.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile image

      Gregory DeVictor 

      14 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Kenna, I just mixed water, ice, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper in the blender as a detox drink. It’s really hot! I buy organic cayenne pepper at Aldi for a fraction of what it would cost at Giant Eagle.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      14 months ago from Northern California

      Gregory, I love lemon and water and used to drink it every morning to break my fast. Now, I am drinking organic, unrefined apple cider vinegar. It's easier to prepare and cheaper. Sometimes, I long for some lemon and water in the morning and make me a drink. Copious amounts of organic cayenne pepper!! Wow! I drink cayenne pepper with lemon water. It's a great cleanser. Keep up the healthy lifestyle and you will benefit for years to come.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile image

      Gregory DeVictor 

      14 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Thank you for an informative article. I’ve been drinking 2-4 liters of water with lemon juice for years. I also stir fry vegetables with copious amounts of organic cayenne pepper.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      19 months ago from Northern California

      Thank you for reading my article. My daughter is in her fourth year of French. It is such a beautiful language. I hope my article was helpful.

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