Supplement with this prickly plant
sattva78/ShutterstockMilk 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.
Roast this root
BW Folsom/ShutterstockBurdock looks about as appetizing as it sounds but don't discount this perennial yet. "Burdock has antimicrobial properties that help cleanse the blood and is loaded with detoxifying nutrients," Dr. Lipman says. "It is a diuretic which helps expel toxic buildup." Many stores carry burdock root that you can cook up or brew as tea, or you can buy it dried. Ate too much sugar? Use these eight tips to detox from a sugar binge.
Indulge in this spicy candy
O.Bellini/ShutterstockRegardless of which side you take in the Great Black Jelly Bean Debate, the truth is that licorice (the real kind, not the flavoring generally used in candies) can be great for your health. "Licorice is beneficial in a detox protocol for its gut healing and potent anti-inflammatory properties," Dr. Lipman says. You can find licorice candy made with the real deal (check the ingredients list) or drink licorice tea. Don't miss these seven essential oils that can be used to detox and lose weight.
Eat the garnish on your plate
Chai-sri-sa/ShutterstockYeah, your dining companions might think you're weird for nibbling the green sprig on your dessert plate, but mint is just as powerful as it is decorative. "Mint is extremely high in antioxidants and helps detox while soothing the digestive system," Dr. Lipman says. "Additionally it has antimicrobial properties, which is why it is commonly found in oral care products." Here's what you need to know before trying a soup cleanse.
Chew on this bark
StockyNet/ShutterstockWe're not going to tell you to hug a tree... but we are going to tell you to lick one? Neem, an Indian tree in the mahogany family, is a lesser-known but still very powerful detoxifying herb, Dr. Lipman says. "Neem is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic," he says, adding that it helps detox the body by ridding it of metabolic waste. If you don't have a neem tree handy, look for Neem in capsule form. Thinking about starting a detox today? Read our detox guide first.