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.
Lean proteins such as chicken and fish
Protein is super important for preserving muscle mass, as it supports cell growth and repair. Lean proteins are low in fat, lower in calories, and are much easier to digest than a fatty steak. Incorporate at least one serving a day—here are some tricks for sneaking more protein into your meals.
Green tea contains rich antioxidants, naturally flushing your system (as well providing these other amazing health benefits, too). The tea also helps aid digestive functions in the body, one of which is treating constipation. Drink up… as much as you want!
Even though they are acidic, lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods once they are metabolized in your system. They contain ascorbic acid, which assists in the natural cleansing process. The enzyme functions of lemons also stimulate the liver and flush out toxins. Start the day off with a large cup of hot water with two or three slices of lemon—you won't believe the incredible health benefits you'll glean just from drinking lemon water in the morning.
Alcohol is so taxing on the liver, which is the organ that works so hard to naturally detox the body. Your liver function will improve, you'll have more energy, and feel better overall from cutting back (or omitting) alcohol from your diet. Need help cutting back? Check out these tips for drinking less.