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.
Roast this root
BW Folsom/Shutterstock Burdock 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.