Slice up this summer fruit
ATP Photographer/Shutterstock What’s more summer than a fresh, juicy slice of watermelon? We have good news: Not only are you treating your taste buds to the sweet summer melon but you’re also helping your body detox. “Watermelon fights inflammation and helps hydrate the system,” Dr. Lipman says. “Additionally it helps fight free radicals and therefore reduce toxins in the system.”
Blend a tangy smoothie
pinkomelet/Shutterstock Smoothies are a tasty, convenient way to eat many plants you might not otherwise enjoy on their own and it turns out that the base of nearly every smoothie—plain yogurt—may have detoxifying properties. Probiotic foods, including yogurt and fermented vegetables, may provide a small protective effect from environmental toxins, according to a study published in mBio. Make sure you’re also avoiding these five toxic chemicals that can clog your arteries.
Supplement with this prickly plant
sattva78/Shutterstock Milk thistle isn’t an herb most people commonly think of, but this plant has been used for centuries to help flush and detox the liver and gallbladder, Dr. Lipman says. “It also helps improve digestive function by eliminating metabolic waste,” he adds. He recommends taking it in tincture or capsule form.