Discover the Simple Secret to a Pure and Detoxified Body with Everyday Foods

Eliminating toxins from your body doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, incorporating specific foods and botanicals into your diet can help protect against toxic buildup in your joints, organs, and tissues. The only problem most people face is not knowing which foods to include in their diet. Let’s dive into some nutrient-dense detox foods and how you can start adding them to your meals.

The vibrant color of health

Many detoxifying and health-supporting foods have vibrant colors, which come from the rich abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants they contain. Blueberries, carrots, beets, and turmeric are prime examples of these healthful, colorful powerhouses.


Beets are particularly effective detoxifiers, filled with essential B vitamins, minerals like zinc, and immune-boosting properties. They also contain a significant amount of fiber that can help cleanse your digestive tract. More importantly, beets support liver function, which is vital for filtering out toxins from your body.


Turmeric, a bright yellow root often used in traditional Indian cooking, has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Its main active ingredient, curcumin, helps detoxify the body, improve digestion, fight cancer, increase antioxidant protection, and boost immunity, among numerous other benefits.

Sea vegetables

Sea vegetables, such as nori, dulse, arame, and kelp, are packed with vitamins A, C, E, B complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. These marine plants also contain compounds that help remove toxins, stabilize blood sugar, and promote immunity.

Cultured and fermented vegetables

Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi are sources of probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients that support digestion, detoxification, and overall health. Just be sure to get these foods from the refrigerated section of your store, as pasteurization kills the live beneficial bacteria and nutrients created during fermentation.

Culinary mushrooms

Mushrooms like shitake, oyster, and maitake are rich in antioxidants and compounds that help detoxify the body, boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and even repair damaged tissue. Notably, mushrooms are the only vegetable containing vitamin D, an essential nutrient that acts as a bone-builder and immune system booster, helping to fight off toxins in your body.


Lemon helps your body remove toxins and is an excellent tonic for both the liver and gallbladder. In my practice, I recommend a daily dose of an olive oil and lemon mixture during detoxification. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Blend an organic lemon, cut into pieces, with 1¼ cups spring water and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Shave some of the peel into the mixture. The pectin from the lemon peel also aids the digestive tract.
  3. Partially strain, leaving some pulp.
  4. Drink before bed.

Not only does this drink support detoxification, but many patients report that it helps improve their sleep.

Foods for clean energy

There are plenty of foods that provide “clean energy” to your body:

  • Fresh green vegetables help cleanse the digestive tract and bloodstream.
  • Flax seeds, with their high fiber levels, help remove toxins from the digestive tract and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Garlic acts as a potent detoxifier while also providing strong immune support.
  • Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables metabolize into a compound called DIM, which supports immunity, helps the body remove excess estrogen, and aids in detoxification.

Detox with help from Mother Nature

Herbs and botanicals can actively detoxify your body, support antioxidant activity, and help reduce “detox reactions” during a cleanse. Modified citrus pectin (MCP) from the pith of citrus peels and alginates derived from kelp help remove heavy metals and environmental toxins. MCP also helps control a pro-inflammatory protein called galectin-3, which can contribute to cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammation, and organ fibrosis if present in high levels in the body.

Although the body has many mechanisms for eliminating toxins, everyday exposure can make it hard to keep up. A gentle, seasonal cleanse is an excellent way to support these processes, enhance immunity, and maintain overall health. Whether it’s for three days, three weeks, or longer, a nourishing cleanse can help you reach a greater level of health and wellness, naturally.