The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but we often don’t feel so great after them, as we most likely overindulged, ate and drank too much, feel bloated, or even gained some weight during the season. But, eating certain foods after all of this indulgence can stimulate the colon to cleanse and detox.
A detox should not be filled with laxatives, a shake, or worse, starving yourself. While your body detoxes itself on its own, there are particular foods that are better than others that you can eat to get your digestive system back up and running smoothly to make you feel better inside and out. (Be sure to learn these 10 things about detoxes before you start one.)
Here are seven foods that will start the natural detox process in your body—and three you should definitely avoid for a natural cleanse.
Yogurt contains healthy bacteria and live probiotic cultures, which promote a healthy environment in the gut, helping it digest food and replenish the normal flora in the gastrointestinal tract. Since your gut is the first in line to defend the body from harmful toxins or bacteria, it’s essential to keep it healthy so that the body can naturally detox. Take a cup every morning with a teaspoon of honey. Here are some other foods that promote good gut health to incorporate into your cleanse.